2009 Rose and Praise Hallelujah 21 years old
Many of us are horse lovers. Most of us first became attracted to horses when we were small children. Such is the story of Rose Miller. Horses are her lifelong addiction. Like many young girls, Rose was born with a deep love for all animals, but especially horses. When she was 4, she announced to her bewildered parents that the family should move to a farm and raise horses! Eventually 4 years later because of her dad’s job, they did move to a Pennsylvania hill-top farm where at 15, Rose got Smokey, her first horse. It would be many years later after getting married, adding 4 children to the family, and surviving a deadly tornado before Rose got her chance to raise smooth gaited horses that do not trot: the Tennessee Walking Horses, a true American breed. The Tennessee Walking Horse was developed in the South and shares genetics with the Morgan Horse, American Saddlebred, Standardbred, and Thoroughbred.
Now nearly 40 years later, she is writing about her horse adventures and sharing horse training concepts in the conversational manner of Mark Rashid’s interesting and educational horse books such as: Horses Never Lie.
The Horse That Wouldn’t Trot: Lessons Learned and Memories Shared is part memoir of one woman’s journey to success from the show ring to the breeding shed; part history of the Tennessee Walking Horse which sadly must include the abusive practice of “soring” used on some show horses, and full of poignant horse and human relationship stories, some sad, some funny, but all shared with her love for the horse. Rose’s honest and straightforward approach to sharing her compelling journey to become a true horsewoman is endearing and humbling. The detail and humor in which she shares her memories is fascinating. Learn about breeding, foaling, and showing horses through the special stories of extraordinary stallions and mares.
Rose is a member of Friends of Sound Horses, and a lifetime member of the National Walking Horse Association (NWHA,) 2 organizations dedicated to the humane treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses. She recieved the NWHA Phoenix Award for her extraordinary efforts toward the betterment of the Tennessee Walking Horse. She has been a horse show judge.
Rose has been a Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder’s and Exhibitor”s Association (TWHBEA) Director from Indiana, a member of the TWHBEA Pleasure committee and NWHA Judge’s Committee. She contributed to Vickie Presley Mazzola’s book, The Plantation Tennessee Walking Horse: A guide for Amateur Competitors. (‘What Judges See’ section).
Her stallions have been in horse magazines (not paid advertisements). Delight”s Headman on cover of 1985 Equus Stallion Supplement, Praise Hallelujah on cover of 1995 edition of Horse Illustrated, and also on the cover of the July 2006 issue of NWHA’s National News. She has written numerous articles for the Voice, Sound Advice and National News, Tennessee Walking Horse publications.The Horse That Wouldn’t Trot is Rose’s first book. The sequel which continues her equine life with mules: Mules, Mules, and More Mules: The Adventures and Misadventures of a First Time Mule Owner will be out fall of 2010.
Please enjoy these true stories about my amazing Tennessee Walking Horses!
The Horse that Wouldn't Trot
A Life with
By Rose Miller
Rose Miller shares a powerful story of human and equine interaction which transcends the usual relationship of human and animal bond. The Horse That Wouldn’t Trot closely relates a spiritual dimension that existed between her and her beloved Tennessee Walking Horses. Rose has dealt with much pain as a horse owner, mom, and friend. Yet each setback is forwarded by a new human or equine acquaintance and the will to share and love an amazing life. This book is a well written reflection of a real person’s life that is both revealing and inspirational. A horse lovers must read. ~ Dr. Dave Whitaker, Director of the Horse program at Middle Tennessee State Program
Mules Mules and More Mules:
The Adventures and Misadventures of a First Time Mule Owner
By Rose Miller
A different kind of mule book, this story explores the fascinating differences between horses and mules in a storytelling manner. Go along for the ride as Rose shares her adventures and misadventures with the new equine loves in her life, starting with an exciting ride down the Grand Canyon, to the purchase of her own mules. If you do not already own a mule, you will be tempted to start looking for "that perfect companion"