Pie an Old Brown Horse by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo
Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo
As you read the story, the thoughts, and emotions of how Kandy presented these majestic animals is nothing short of enthralling, entertaining, and enlightening.
Who Decides When a Horse Is No Longer Useful?
This five star Readers’ Favorite is the story of Pie, a working ranch horse well past retirement age. When he was injured, he was considered used up, with nothing left to give. At the mercy of those who owned him, he was sent off to be sold or destroyed, depending on his ability to recover.
But Pie knew something the ranch owners didn’t know: he was far from useless. This book tells the story of a horse who still had heart and soul and strength to give, and shares the amazing things he did in the second part of his life. Pie is truly one of the great horses, and you will get to know him and his amazing spirit as he tells you his tale as only he can, from his point of view.
You’ll be among the many people whose lives he touched, as you join his remarkable journey to prove that every animal deserves the chance to age with grace and wisdom.
About Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo:
Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo is a seventh generation Texan who has her own brick at The Cowgirl Museum. She has taught in alternative education for over twenty years.
Ms. Scaramuzzo is a member of the 2012 Strathmore’s Who’s Who. She has a BA in Criminology and MAedCT. She works in horse, dog, cat and snake rescues. Ms. Scaramuzzo has been a tester observer for therapy dogs for nine years.
She ran a therapy horse riding program for autistic children for five years. She has been a recognized animal behaviorist for over 20 years. This is her first book about an exceptional horse. She feels it is important to give back to maintain the balance of a civilized society.
From the Author:
Pie is a book that had to be written. His story is one that needs to be told. He had me put his memoirs to paper so everyone could share his life. He is the most amazing horse I’ve ever met. He has put his calming influence on so many people and animals, that he deserves the title, “Merchant of Hope.” This is book that is well liked in many genres.
I put it out as a nonfiction memoir, but children of all ages have enjoyed in the children’s book category. It is one that is at home in the land of horse stories as well. Pie”s story is truly an inspirational book to be read and enjoyed by all ages. Not only is Pie’s story about his redemption, he helps many others as well in his career as a therapy horse for special needs children and adults. His work with the autistic children alone is a stand up testament to his powers of healing.
His story bears a striking resemblance to the Black Beauty that we all knew, loved and grew up reading. This is a feel good story with a happy ending. You cannot leave after reading Pie An Old Brown Horse (That Knows What He Is Doing) and feel like you have been on an awesome journey of hope, love and second chances. Pie is still with us today at the ripe old age of 38, eating his alfalfa hay and demanding more carrots.
He comes out of retirement periodically to write a short story or a blog post that let the world know he is still around. Pie is one friend you will never forget. He is an amazing horse with magical powers in his ability to relate to the people who need him.
Review by Colleen Bratley:
Writing a story in the first person is not uncommon, but when that first person is a horse, well, I really wasn’t expecting it to actually be entertaining to say the least. Thankfully since I have such a huge admiration and respect for horses, I decided to give it a read. What a pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable story this is.
The title is a little misleading. Pie may be an old brown horse now, but he was nothing of the sort during the story. Kandy brought that personable horse to life like he was almost one of us. As we all know, animals have feelings, thoughts and ways to communicate just like we do. Even though some, and maybe a lot of people, don’t think about this in a very in depth way, Kandy proves that to be our oversight and sadly our loss. Because as you read the story, the thoughts, and emotions of how Kandy presented these majestic animals is nothing short of enthralling, entertaining, and enlightening.
Sometimes you just had to laugh out loud, as Pie literally thought like an animal would at our crazy antics, and his simplistic and natural understanding of how life just is. We make it complicated, and they bring it back to basics and fun.
Reading about Pie and his story made you really wish you could have gotten to know him, even enjoyed some of the same events with him. To have known and spent time with him would have been a cherished privilege. Knowing the owners of Pie could teach all of us the meaning of unconditional love.
As you learn from this book, taking care of a horse or more, is not for the faint of heart. It is work, money, time, and emotion, but the rewards are so much greater than what is given, that the comparison is actually impossible. For those who do it and have done it, like the owners of Pie, they wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Pie calls the owner, keeper. His love, thankfulness, appreciation and admiration of keeper is obvious, and just as obvious is, it’s well deserved. I am sure the keeper is the author, and I am sure you will see, as I did, that the spirit of the keeper is nothing short of incredible. It is apparent that unconditional love is as central to her core as the automatic beating of her heart. People like this should be respected and emulated. Pie knew this and showed her and his charge, little one just how much love he had to give back.
This story should be read by everyone, and really should be a required reading in schools everywhere.