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By: Red Catherine

Love Is Blind: A Life with Horses

Pages: 210 Ratings: 5.0
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This is the journey of one woman’s life with horses. Catherine is a Romani woman, a Gypsy, and recognised her first horses around the age of two and now at seventy, she still has horses in her life. One of those horses is Samio, her big blind 18-hand Clydesdale. Catherine has, she thinks, just stopped rescuing horses; seven still share her life. Although she no longer rides, she still drives horses and her passion and love has never wavered. Having broken her neck and back in a horse accident at 16, she was told she would never ride again. It took her two years to walk and five years before she went back in the saddle but never again to ride wild or jump. Catherine lived on the road for the first 11 years of her life. There are some 25,000 Romani in Australia but to her knowledge, she is the only Gypsy who still travels in the bow top caravan, the vardo. No longer on the road full-time, she tries to travel when she can; always speaking for the animals of Earth. This is a book of love and passion for the horse, told by a storyteller who lives the story and walks her talk with laughter as she says, “Shit happens, just empty out your suitcases and plant flowers in the compost.” After a brain tumour and radiation, nothing seems to stop her and her love and activism for the animals of Earth – especially the horse and dog – shines bright and her enthusiasm for life and rescuing animals keeps her fit and healthy. Hers is a remarkable story.

Catherine is a 71-year-old woman of Romani heritage; the culture people call her the Gypsy. She is also called Red Catherine because of the colour of her hair. She walks and talks for the animals of Earth and this book is about her journey with horses.

Customer Reviews
6 reviews
6 reviews
  • Catherine h Ritlaw

    Beautifully written by a woman who truly loves and understands animals.

  • Caroline Payne

    Personal memories of a remarkable woman and teller of stories who surely inspires everyone lucky enough to meet her, and the horses, dogs and other inhabitants of her home.
    Written as a continuous narrative, this book is the next best thing to sitting down in person and hearing the stories directly from Red's mouth.

  • Elizabeth Murphy

    Catherine’s book, Love is Blind has inspired me to go on the drom again, to have a go, to get out of my head and follow my heart and to feel the enthusiasm for life on the road with these beautiful and loyal horses.
    I couldn’t put the book down, every page another meaningful and relevant and sometimes funny story. Catherine is a true storyteller, passionate for her love of animals, she truly has devoted her life to taking care of all creatures that come into her care. Reading this book is like sharing an amazing conversation in her welcoming kitchen over a hot cup of tea.
    Wonderful, deep, adventurous, and heartfelt. I would recommend this book to people who don’t have horses in their life, young and old, it is sensational.

  • tonny absen

    Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the author of Love Is Blind, Red Catherine.
    The book illustrates the passion, love and powerful relationship between human and animals and all creatures on this planet. The Gypsy lifestyle, racism but also hilarious moments.
    A book honestly written from the heart and I recommend it to everyone who loves a nomad lifestyle, campfires, lots of cuppa's, animals and nature. 5*

  • Sophie Wade

    Brilliant read easy to follow and written with heart felt honesty not just from the authors view but also the animals view
    Hope there is a follow up book

  • Shazzy Shazberger

    Omg what an awesome story of an Australian Romani woman! I loved it! Full of love and laughter and soul and adventure and grit and heart! I couldn't love it more! I just love animal stories, don't you!? I cant wait for her next one! big love ❤❤❤

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