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Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry

Many will be familiar with horse book author Marguerite Henry. The name is often associated with the book Misty of Chincoteague. In another book by the same author, Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley focuses on the attributes of the mule.

Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry

Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry

Young Molly desires nothing more in life than to have a horse. She doesn’t care if the horse is a filly or a colt, just so long as it is young and has much life and spirit in it. But all of this seems irrelevant when her parents are struggling financially and a horse is out of the question.

And yet, in time her dream comes true and Molly learns it is as much a desire of her own as it is her father’s. The horse that they are able to purchase isn’t exactly what Molly had in mind, however. Lady Sue is old, underweight and worn out.

As she is showered with love, food and good health care however, she starts to flourish. Molly finds that maybe she can be proud of the horse that she has, rather than the one she dreamed of owning. Also, Lady Sue has a surprise for the whole family – she’s in foal. And the foal isn’t another horse, it’s a mule! The little colt mule that is born turns out to be the best surprise for Molly.

As she invests her time in her schoolwork, Molly is rewarded with more time to spend with the colt she’s named Brown Sunshine. When her studies and love of mules is combined, it results in an amazing opportunity for the pair. Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley is a unique fictional novel that looks at the history of the mule and how it helped in the United States. This book is both entertaining for young readers and educational. It’s an enjoyable read with a happy ending.

Author – Marguerite Henry
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10652.Marguerite_Henry
Fiction – children
In my library? – That it is!
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The Girl who Hated Ponies (Pony Pals #13) by Jeanne Betancourt

The thirteenth book in the Pony Pal series aimed at young horse lovers is titled The Girl who Hated Ponies. Ten year old Lulu is looking forward to a weekend with her two best friends, Pony Pals Anna and Pam.

The Girl who Hated Ponies by Jeanne Betancourt

The Girl who Hated Ponies by Jeanne Betancourt

Her father is away for a wildlife conference and Lulu has her time all planned. She is going to ride over to Pam’s place on her pony Snow White with Anna, who will ride Acorn. They will then camp the night in the barn and spend their weekend riding and spending time with their beloved ponies. It’s going to be great!

Then Lulu’s dad drops an unexpected surprise on her, one that Lulu isn’t sure she likes. She’s suddenly got an extra girl to think of. At least Melissa is the same age as the other three girls. But it seems that this city girl from New York is more interested in her looks than smelly ponies.

Lulu is devastated when her weekend takes a turn for the worse before it’s even begun. What is she going to do with a girl who wants to do manicures and try out different hairstyles instead of ride ponies and groom them?

The Girl who Hated Ponies is a great look at how the three Pony Pals can befriend someone who seems very different to them. Lulu, Anna and Pam are dubious about Melissa at first, but they take her out on a trail ride despite her protests. When things take a turn for the worse, the four girls have to work together to get home safely. The thirteenth book in the Pony Pal series is full of adventure and shows the importance of being nice to someone, even if you don’t like them. The story ends well and has a great moral for young readers.

Author: Jeanne Betancourt
Fiction – children
In My Library? That it is!
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Color My Horse by Bev Pettersen

Recently I was able to download another book by Bev Pettersen on Kindle. Having read Riding for Redemption not too long ago, I was keen to read another horse mystery romance by this author. Color My Horse didn’t disappoint.

Color My Horse by Bev Pettersen

Color My Horse by Bev Pettersen

Once again with a focus on the racing world, it brings together two very different characters. Mark is a promising thoroughbred trainer who is just hitting his prime at 31 years of age. Having a colt that could run in – and even win – the Derby is a highlight for him. He can even handle the difficult owner. That is, until said owner insists that Mark takes on his granddaughter in an attempt to break her spirit – and rebellious streak.

Jessica is in her late twenties and has suffered early retirement as a skier due to a knee injury. She makes a bargain with her grandfather. He will fund her planned dog grooming business if she can last working at the racetrack for Mark for a set period of time.

Mark chooses to ignore his immediate attraction to Jessica – she’s an heiress to a fortune. Plus, she doesn’t know horses. He just wants her to do her job quietly – once she learns to do it competently. The fact that she is very green with regards to racing is a time wasting frustration.

Jessica is determined to show her worth at the track. She’ll work hard, learn all she can and get her grandfather off her back. What she didn’t factor in was falling for the head boss – or his lack of interest in her. Used to getting her way because of her looks, Jessica is surprised to find that she wants to earn Mark’s respect as well as his interest.

Color My Horse

As the upcoming Breeders Cup meet draws closer, Jessica finds an unexpected love for the racing industry. Throw in an orphan boy, a foreign man with a knife who is out to get her and a scheming grandfather and Jessica doesn’t know where to turn.

Color My Horse is an aptly named, entertaining mystery that wraps up nicely. I loved how Jessica’s character developed and learned what she really wanted in life – with a little pushing from Mark. Toning down the language and crude descriptions would make this book almost perfect.

Author: Bev Petterson
Fiction – adult
In My Library? As an eBook.
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Horse Wise (Saddle Club #11) by Bonnie Bryant

In the eleventh adventure in the Saddle Club series, Horse Wise, the members of Pine Hollow are getting a Pony Club. Now it seems that the girls will learn even more on a regular basis. Made up of riding lessons, practical health care sessions and theory, Carole, Lisa and Steve are rapt about Max’s decision to start a Pony Club.

Horse Wise (Saddle Club #11) by Bonnie Bryant

Horse Wise (Saddle Club #11) by Bonnie Bryant

It is soon discovered that for the club to run effectively, many parents need to volunteer to help out. Carole is dismayed to find that after her father volunteers; his lack of horse knowledge is embarrassingly evident.

On top of this, she’s battling envy because spoilt rich kid Veronica diAngelo is getting a new horse. This is after her recklessness killed her beloved thoroughbred stallion Cobalt. Carole can’t bear the thought that another horse may be harmed under Veronica’s care.

Lisa is battling something, too. It seems that her parents have decided to get her a horse, but how can she tell her two best friends? Their dismay at Veronica’s recent purchase makes her question if they will respond in the same way to her news.

As the Pony Club progresses, the girls find that Veronica’s thoughtlessness continues. In fact, her lack of care for safety and riding rules results in a young colt being free from Pine Hollow and in danger. As Carole, Lisa and Stevie pull together to rescue Samson, they find that they need to get a few things off their chest. Things that relate to Carole’s father helping in the Pony Club and Lisa getting a horse. Horse Wise is a great look into the value of Pony Clubs and covers a lot of basic horse knowledge for horse riders and owners. It is another enjoyable read by Bonnie Bryant.

Author: Bonnie Bryant
Fiction – pre and early teenage years.
In My Library? Definitely is.
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Making Your Own Jumps by Mary Gordon Watson

This book looked like a nice quick read, so I grabbed it off the bookshelf recently. As one who is planning to purchase land and set it up for horse riding, Making Your Own Jumps definitely has appeal.

Making Your Own Jumps by Mary Gordon Watson

Making Your Own Jumps by Mary Gordon Watson

It is a short read, 24 pages in length with accompanying illustrations by Carole Vincer, but a very helpful book. The reader is first introduced to the importance of a well-designed jumping course for horse riders and then the idea of a practice field is considered.
From here, readers are introduced to varying show jump stands, wings and cups as well as show jump parts. Measurements and safety considerations are offered for those wanting to build lasting and safe jumps.

As you progress through the book, you are then introduced to different types of show jumps – upright, triple bar, oxer, etc. Mary then goes on to explain show jump combinations and what makes a jump dangerous. A two page illustration is provided of an example show jumping course with 10 jumps and multiple changes of direction.

Following this, cross country jumps are considered. The materials you may use are explained as well as measurements to make a jump save, sturdy and inviting. Different ways to secure jumps – through rope, wire, nails and use of chocks are also explored. Then over 20 different types of cross country jumps are illustrated and explained before the book looks at ditches and banks. The reader is provided with measurements and details on how to build and reinforce these types of jumps and finally cross country combinations and water jumps are looked into. A final word is provided on maintenance of jumps and useful tools for creating and maintaining horse jumps.

Making Your Own Jumps by Mary Gordon Watson is an easy read with lots of visuals to help explain concepts. I believe it will be a valuable tool when I am building jumps in the future.

Author – Mary Gordon Watson
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/382735.Mary_Gordon_Watson
Non-Fiction – horse jump creation
In my library – definitely is!
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Star Rider (Saddle Club 19) by Bonnie Bryant

In the nineteenth book in the Saddle Club series, Star Rider focuses on an exciting event at Pine Hollow. Teen heartthrob Skye Ransom is shooting a new movie and they need a horsey set. What better place than the Pine Hollow stables and surrounds?

Star Rider (Saddle Club #19) by Bonnie Bryant

Star Rider (Saddle Club #19) by Bonnie Bryant

Lisa, Carole and Stevie previously helped Skye when they ran into him in New York. He was having issues learning to ride – a topic the three girls know a lot about! When Lisa unexpectedly becomes his teacher, she is rapt. This follows through in Star Rider. Skye is still having trouble. In fact, he’s down right scared of horses.

When Lisa gives him some simple pointers, she is amazed to find the director watching. Further to this, he casts her in a small role!

This is wonderful news. However, it takes away from Lisa’s time helping her two friends. Colonel Hanson, Carole’s father, has a big birthday coming up. The three girls had planned to work together to achieve a great surprise party. With Lisa – the methodical list person – not available to Carole and Stevie, they question if they can organise the party effectively.

Star Rider by Bonnie Bryant

Star Rider is an entertaining read, watching the girls at their best as they work to help each other. Skye’s fear of riding is solved in a unique way. On top of this, he is able to help out the girls with their party planning.

Horses feature well in the story, though not as heavily as in some of the other books in the series. Even so, this is another fun read in the Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant.

Author: Bonnie Bryant
Fiction – pre and early teenage years.
In My Library? It is, along with many others in the series.
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The Equine Spirit: History Tributes to the Horse, Mule and Donkey by C S Purdy

I recently downloaded The Equine Spirit for free on Amazon as the subject matter appealed to me. I love fiction horse books, but I also really enjoy those that can teach me something! So as an Australian, I found that I learned a lot about America’s history through the horse in The Equine Spirit.

The Equine Spirit: Historical Tributes to the Horse, Mule and Donkey by C S Purdy

The Equine Spirit: Historical Tributes to the Horse, Mule and Donkey by C S Purdy

This book is a great collection of articles, short stories, poems and songs. All are in tribute in one way or another to the equine species. It could be for the working horse, a mule or donkey (burro), depending on the historical event being discussed and the location of said event.

I was amazed to learn about the Erie Canal where boats were towed down a canal by mules! What a unique way to make things work.

Of course the rebuilding of cities, breaking through new frontiers or fighting in wars were all made that much more possible with the aid of equine partners. Alongside each short chapter, there are many photos and paintings to further illustrate the works that equines have played in America’s history.

The Equine Spirit

This book is a great introduction to the research work that author C S Purdy has done. At the end, readers are encouraged to find out more through another book by the same author – The Equine Legacy. I would be interested to read this, having learned a little about events I am mainly ignorant to. Do you know about:

  • the Erie Canal
  • the Pony Express
  • Horse Latitudes?

The equine species has indeed played an incredible part in history. This book touches on some of the many things that were possible with the help of our equine friends. A great tribute to horses, mules and donkeys. The Equine Spirit is an interesting read.

Author – C S Purdy
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14320702.C_S_Purdy
Non-Fiction – historical
In my library – on Kindle it is!
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Unicorn Magic by Roz Marshall

I recently gained a free electronic copy of this book via Instafreebie. This is a cool tool where authors upload their books – or a preview of their book – for people to download for free. First you need to enter an email address and subscribe to said author’s mailing list. Then your book is delivered via email. Unicorn Magic appealed to me from the cover and then reading the blurb so I signed up to receive a free copy!

Unicorn Magic by Roz Marshall

Unicorn Magic by Roz Marshall

Unicorn Magic is book 1 in the Celtic Fey series. It is a short story focused on Corinne MacArthur. Corinne is a Scottish teenager who is struggling to get over the loss of a loved one. To distract herself from everyday life, she gets caught up in a new computer game known as Feyland.

The game quickly becomes addictive to Corinne and she is more interested in the ‘reality’ of this mythical world than her own. As her everyday life brings the game into her dreams and even seems to interrupt her walks outside, she questions if the game is only available to her through a computer.

The dangers of the world definitely appear real when she is being chased by hounds whilst astride a unicorn. As Corinne battles the loss of her beloved equine, she finds herself drawn to the mythical horse in the game. But is this desire to consistently live in a simulated world a healthy one?

Unicorn Magic by Roz Marshall

Unicorn Magic is a great introduction to this series. The story is well and truly a short story – a quick and enjoyable read. Being so short, I felt it was lacking a little in explanations. The descriptions of the environment Corinne was in were great – lots of detail. But some things weren’t explained. I am curious to know what happened to her horse and why she feels that the people she rode with wouldn’t want to have anything to do with her. Did she cause an accident that resulted in the death of her horse? Perhaps this is explained in the follow on book, I hope so!

Author – Roz Marshall
https://rozmarshall.co.uk/
Fiction – fantasy
In my library – as an eBook, yes!
Want it? Get it now at Amazon.

My Life at Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Children’s book author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne recently contacted me about reading and reviewing her latest release, My Life at Sweetbrier A Life Changed by Horses. Now this book is quite different to her other children’s fiction horse books. My Life at Sweetbrier tells Deanie’s story with horses as she grew up.

My Life at Sweetbrier A Life Changed by Horses by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

My Life at Sweetbrier A Life Changed by Horses by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Her life started out in an unexpected way, with having difficulty learning to walk. Eventually the doctors concluded that she wouldn’t be able to walk, due to having cerebral palsy.

Deanie’s dream as she grew up was to ride horses but it looked like mastering walking would be her first challenge. Her father refused to acknowledge the doctor’s conclusion. He eventually decided to teach Deanie to ride horses to strengthen her legs. And so the long journey began!

Between lots of falls and persistence, Deanie learned to ride on ponies. In time she decided she wanted to jump; this led to a lot more falls and her father deciding to wait a further year before continuing with jumping on horses.

This story is a beautiful one of persistence and never giving up on your dreams. The fact that it is based on her real life is sure to inspire readers. As it says in My Life at Sweetbrier, Deanie wants children to remember never to give up on their dreams because anything is possible if you don’t give up. This book is an updated edition of Tails of Sweetbrier.  It includes some great photos of the people and horses in the book.  My Life at Sweetbrier is a delightful read that is sure to inspire and encourage.

Author – Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
http://childrensbookswithlifelessons.com/
Non-fiction – motivational, biography, children’s
In my library – as an eBook, yes!
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The Ugly Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

Doing my typical online search for free kindle books under the category of horse, I recently came across another book in the Magical Pony Adventure series by Angharad Thompson Rees. This particular short children’s book is titled The Ugly Pony.

The Ugly Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

The Ugly Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

The Ugly Pony is a wonderful retelling of the children’s tale the Ugly Duckling. Except this time the animal in question is a pony instead of a swan. This young pony grows up on a stud farm where ponies are bred for the show ring. They are recognised for their beautiful coats, rich colour, high stepping trot and pleasant conformation. These are all things that this particular pony seems to be lacking.

She has unusual – or even horrible – conformation. She is a dull white colour and has a funny bump on her forehead. As she grows older, these things don’t lessen, but instead seem to increase in visibility. The other ponies on the farm make fun of her.  In fact, even her mother is embarrassed by her appearance.  This in turn leads to the pony concluding that she doesn’t belong on the farm.

The Ugly Pony has a unique twist to it as well as a wonderful moral: that we need to appreciate our own uniqueness. Author Angharad Thompson Rees encourages all readers to embrace the person that they are and to love themselves. This is a great lesson for young readers as well as older readers! The Ugly Pony is a lovely retelling of the classic that is sure to captivate young readers and horse fans alike.

Author – Angharad Thompson Rees
Fiction – children
In my library – as an eBook it is.
Want it? Get it now on Amazon.

“There is no better place to heal a broken heart than on the back of a horse.” ― Missy Lyons

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