On a Hoof and a Prayer: Around Argentina at a Gallop
At the age of thirty-four, Polly Evans finally fulfilled a childhood dream - to learn how to ride a horse. But rather than do so conveniently close to home, she decided to travel to Argentina and saddle up among the gauchos.
Overcoming battered limbs, a steed hell-bent on bolting, and an encounter with the teeth of one very savage dog, Polly cantered through Andean vineyards and galloped beneath snow-capped Patagonian peaks. She survived a hair-raising game of polo and a back-breaking day herding cattle.
Taking a break from riding, she delved into Argentina's tumultuous history: the Europeans' first terrifying acquaintances with the native 'giants'; the sanguinary demise of the early missionaries; and the gruesome drama of Evita's wandering corpse.
On a Hoof and Prayer is the stampeding story of Polly's journey from timorous equestrian novice to wildly whooping cowgirl. It's a tale of ponies, painkillers and peregrinations - not just around present-day Argentina, but also into the country's glorious and turbulent past.
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ON A HOOF AND A PRAYER: Exploring Argentina at a GallopUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Intrepid English travel writer Evans (Kiwis Might Fly, 2007, etc.) experiences Argentina's stunningly varied expanses while indulging her girlhood desire to ride horses.From the high desert of the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Caspettee - LibraryThing
At age thirty four Polly Evans decides she wants to learn how to ride. So naturally you fly half way round the world to Argentina. This is the story of Polly’s adventures as she spends two months ... Read full review