"The Dayes of Wyoming" is an historical novel featuring horse trainer, Bertha, and mountain man, Charlie Daye. The stories take place during the late 1800s to early 1900s in northern Wyoming, from Johnson County, east of the Bighorns, to Yellowstone, west of the Continental Divide.
This was an exciting time of change in Wyoming: Wyoming Territory was admitted into the Union; the end of the trappers' rendezvous precipitated a decline in the fur trade and mountain men; Wyoming's Civil War took place east of the Bighorns in Johnson County; with Yellowstone recently declared a national park, Cody became a thriving community as its eastern entrance; and work began on the Shoshone Dam, later known as the Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir. Hundreds of thousands of bison no longer dotted the Wyoming landscape and their disappearance was soon followed by the extinction of wolves and severely diminished herds of wild mustangs.
Bertha and Charlie Daye experienced it all, and more . . . from guiding eastern guests into remote mountain paradise, rounding up wild horses, and riding in thrilling overland horse races, to adopting children traveling west on one of the famous Orphan Trains
Harper's New Monthly Magazine, August 1873, praised the "placing-out system" of the Children's Aid Society in New York as "an ingenious effort for the benefit of the destitute children of the city."
From her home outside a small town in Maine, Patricia seeks out life experiences that have taken her to five continents and forty-seven states. She was a ranch wrangler and trail guide for four summers in Wyoming, thus her obvious familiarity and love of Wyoming, which is the setting of her western stories. She started riding at the age of eight and has owned, raised, and trained horses ever since, accounting for her knowledge and experience with horses as detailed in her cowgirl books and children's horse stories.
Ms. Gott is a retired businesswoman and professional photographer as well as an author of thirteen books. Enjoy reading about her books and looking at some of her great photography on this website!
You may contact Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Horse Tails by Appaloosa Duke" is a chapter book that tells a story about bullying, released in July, 2013, by author Patricia Gott.
Appaloosa Duke is a horse story about bullying. Duke tells of his own life having to deal with stress and sadness at being bullied and teased from the time he was a foal in Idaho to being trained as a trail horse in Wyoming. Other horses could never see beyond his unusual dotted, spotted coat pattern and treated him harshly.
Many thanks to Milton Decker for his helpful and vast knowledge of Appaloosa traits, characteristics and their history, as well as the cover photo. Visit Decker's Red Eagle Appaloosas at www.d-rea.com
"Horse Tails by Shiloh ...Enters a Horse Show ...Goes Camping" is a children's chapter book released in 2014, by author Patricia Gott, and comes right from this horse's mouth!
Shiloh is a small chestnut Arabian horse owned by the author. His background is Endurance and Competitive Trail Riding, but he enters the show arena with a whole lot of training and learning along the way! This book follows Shiloh every step of the way from grooming to working with different tack to maintaining one's composure under new and strange circumstances. Shiloh's experiences will aid and inform young riders how to prepare and compete in a horse show.
Shiloh then goes off exploring in the mountains on a 3-day pack trip, which gets exciting in a couple of places!
Both stories are based on the author's personal experiences.
"Horse Tails by Horses in Harness" is a colorfully illustrated children's book, released in August, 2012, by author Patricia Gott. Cover and interior illustrations are by Jewel L. Clark.
A young colt named Clyde has just separated from his mum who had told him he'd be a working harness horse some day. He wonders what kind of horse he is and what he will be doing in harness. He interviews many various breeds of horses of all sizes, shapes, and colors, trying to find out what he will be like when he grows up.
This book is instructional as well as entertaining, especially for young horse-lovers.
"Horse Tails by Famous Fred" is a chapter book for twelve year olds and over, released late 2011 by author Patricia Gott, with cover and interior photographs of Fred throughout his life. It is also available on Kindle at Amazon.com.
Fred was not famous for what he did; Fred was famous for who he was—a horse with a kind and gentle spirit who was loved by entire neighborhoods and towns in northeast Massachusetts and who showed his appreciation everyday for being rescued and given a second chance at life.
Fred's story is a true story and is sure to warm the hearts of horse lovers young and old...and sometimes, even horses!