Spoken in Whispers: The Autobiography of a Horse Whisperer

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Simon and Schuster, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 190 pages
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She's not just an observer. She's an active participant who actually talks to the animals -- and understands what they are saying.

Since the dawn of time, animals have communicated with one another. Now a remarkable woman hears their language and communicates directly with them. In this heartwarming account, you'll learn how Nicci Mackay transforms the lives of owner and animal. There's Aristotle, the naughty stallion with a heart of gold; Hector, the abused horse who learns to trust again; Gnasher, the balky herd-dog who makes a remarkable comeback; and Charlie, the forlorn spaniel who convinces Nicci that he doesn't need -- and will not tolerate -- a leg amputation.

Nicci Mackay is an enchanting storyteller who recounts a miraculous life dedicated to animals. In her years spent as a groom and jockey, she "spoke" in secret. Now she interprets everywhere on behalf of horses, as well as other animals. From horses to hounds, sheep to sheepdogs, these four-legged friends share the inability to speak to humans. But as the animals' translator, Mackay is second to none in making their voices heard.

 

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Contents

To Tell or Not to Tell?
7
Things Will Never be the Same Again
19
A Resourceful Man
31
A Bit of a Knack
39
The Big Breakfast
53
Aristotle
64
Hectors Voice
75
Sheep and More Sheep
83
A Question of Understanding
102
Beware Hippos
115
A Bed a Bath and a Massage
127
Mister Man
140
Precious Words
147
Sick as a Parrot
159
Geraldine
167
A Photographer Calls
184

Remember Flower
93

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About the author (1998)

Nicci Mackay was born in 1964 and started riding as soon as she could walk. Having worked her way up from groom, to jockey, to head girl in a racing yard, she now has her own livery and training yard. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband, Robert, four horses, five dogs, a goat, and a cat.

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