Nicole Miller

Nicole M. Miller is a writer, history buff, equestrienne and a former rodeo queen—all of which come together in her writing. She has received awards for her nonfiction, but historical fiction is her true love. The online media manager at the University of Western States, she also coaches writers and small business owners in utilizing social media as a marketing tool through her business, Miller Media Solutions. Connect with her at @nmillerbooks on Twitter.

The Great Mystery of the Horse-Human Connection

by Nicole Miller


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I fell in love with horses the way most young girls fall in love with horses — through movies, cartoons, horse figurines and even a wooden rocking horse. I couldn’t get enough. Every company picnic, I’d spend all day on the pony rides. Needless to say, my dad knew this wasn’t a childhood phase. My mother had owned horses, and it must have been in the blood.

When we moved onto property, I was given my very first horse, and it was all over for me. A dozen years, two rodeo queen titles, and eight horses later, I’m still as obsessed, though I’m confined to city limits most days. I now get a lot of my horse fix through blogs such as this one, which is how I’ve come to be the voice in front of you.

Since the day I started cleaning stalls at the age of 12 simply to be around horses, the horse-human connection has fascinated me. It seems to have captured quite a few folks:

Nicole Miller & Grunnion

Nicole Miller & Grunnion

In “Hollywoodland”* and beyond, there are many celebs known for their love of horses:

  • Selma Blair
  • Gisele Bundchen
  • Madonna
  • Christine Brinkley
  • Johnny Depp
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Viggo Mortensen
  • Joe Perry
  • Robert Redford
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Jewel
  • Lucy Liu

My own list:

  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Patrick Swayze (was a champion for the Arabian breed)
  • Russell Crowe
  • Jamie Foxx (anyone catch the fact that he did his own horse stunts in Django Unchained?)
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Queen Elizabeth (she’s still riding!)
  • Captain Kirk – I mean – William Shatner

There are so many more… What is that spark that draws some people to horses (and not others?)

Readers: What is it about horses that draws you in? How would you define the horse-human connection?

*I’m reading a great book about the cowboys who shaped the early movies and I just love calling it Hollywoodland.