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The Vetted Cowboy by Cherie Ullman

Recently I downloaded a copy of the Vetted Cowboy for free on Kindle.  It focuses on the lives of newly qualified veterinarian Riley Shaw and Jeremy Quinn, a reining champion establishing his training career.  The attraction is instant for Riley, in spite of Jeremy being difficult about such a young female treating his prize horse.  Still, she is quick to confide in her best friend Vanessa how much of jerk he was – both as a client and as a male in general when she was called out to his farm for a case of colic.

The Vetted Cowboy by C.L. Ullman | Equus Education

The Vetted Cowboy by C.L. Ullman | Equus Education

Jeremy is impressed by the vet’s spunk and makes it known he finds her attractive.  As a good looking, successful male in the horse industry, he has no qualms about his own appeal.  With a chance meeting outside of work, Jeremy finds the vet to be even more appealing – and concludes there may be a spark for her too.

With Congress looming on the horizon, both know they need to focus on their careers.  Jeremy has a prize gelding that he anticipates doing well, not to mention students he is training and other horses under his care.  Riley is a vet on call for the large horse event and knows she needs to stay focused and build her clientele.

Still, the two find themselves drawn together and can’t keep away.  It’s noticeable to everyone, including Jeremy’s overtly jealous ex-girlfriend.  When Nina finds a way to undermine the newly established couple, she takes it.  As someone who has no family, Riley is hesitant to let herself get attached to the attractive horse rider and trainer.  So when something occurs that has her questioning his intentions toward her, she concludes it is easier to shut down.

Jeremy is hurt that the young woman would take an ex-girlfriend’s word over his own.  When he confronts the vet about her actions, her acknowledgement that she was wrong isn’t enough.  Running on pride he shuts the door on their potential relationship.

It isn’t until Riley has a work related accident that Jeremy questions if he can manage without the vet he’s come to love.  The Vetted Cowboy is an entertaining romance.  It’s definitely a book for adults, with some overt descriptions when it comes to the physical side of their relationship.  The quarter horse world is touched on briefly although I would love a more in depth exploration of it!  The story ends well.

Author – C.L. Ullman
Fiction – adult
In my library – as an eBook it is.
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The Wooden Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

The sixth book in the Magical Adventures and Pony Tales short stories for children is titled the Wooden Pony.  In this story, young Thomas longs for fields of green that to him depict freedom.  Although he loves watching his father work in his carpentry shop, he struggles with envy.  The beautiful toys, instruments and other items are carefully crafted and then sold to someone else.

The Wooden Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

The Wooden Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

Thomas has no doubt it will be the same for the wooden horse that his father is making.  As the pony starts to take shape, he also comes to life.  Thomas is amazed to find he has a new friend – a talking wooden pony!  As he grows closer to the pony, his father continues to work on him.  Eyes are added so he can see; legs are carved so he can move.

And as he continues to take shape, Thomas’ friendship deepens and he is able to enjoy doing more with the pony.  But he is aware that his time of friendship is running out.  As Thomas describes the world around them to the pony, the topic of ownership comes up.  The pony is saddened to find that he will be sold and owned by someone else.  Thomas is devastated.

The Wooden Pony is a delightful story of magic and deep friendship.  As Thomas’ friendship deepens, he learns more about the pony.  This leads him to naming the pony.  Once his name is carved onto the hindquarters, Thomas knows that he will be complete.  Although he dreads this day, he can’t help but name the pony for the freedom they both desire.  Little does Thomas know that his hearts desire is that of his parents, too.  This is a short, delightful read with a wonderful ending.

Author – Angharad Thompson Rees
Fiction – children
In my library – as an eBook it is.
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The Desert Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

What I really love about the books by Angharad Thompson Rees is the imagination involved – as well as the horses!  She writes in a beautifully descriptive way that I am sure children will love.  This is true of previous books I have read by her.  It is also true of The Desert Pony, a short story for young horse fans.

The Desert Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

The Desert Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

Young Hannan lives a lonely life.  As the only son of his parents, his life takes a devastating turn when his mother becomes ill.  In search of a cure, his parents leave seeking a mystical lake in the middle of the desert.  Hannan is left in the care of his grandmother.  Sadly, she in time passes on, leaving the young boy all alone – except for the goats that he tends to.

His life moves in cycles of travelling with his goats, seeking good grazing.  When they are fat enough he sells them at market, buys some more goats – and grain to feed them alongside the grass – and off he goes to do it all again.  A chance meeting with a strange old man suddenly turns the direction of Hannan’s life.  The young boy finds himself on an unplanned adventure, without goats but now in possession of a rather unusual pony.

And it is this unusual pony – and his unique sense of humour and incredible talents – that help Hannan to seek that which he has lost: his beloved parents.  The Desert Pony is a wonderfully imaginative tale.  Angharad Thompson Rees has woven in some delightful riddles into the story and a touch of humour.  The theme of focusing on the thing you want most, rather than trying to have it all is a good one for young – and older readers alike – to learn.  This is another short tale in the Magical Adventures and Pony Tales series that is highly recommended.

Author – Angharad Thompson Rees
Fiction – children
In my library – as an eBook it is.
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Rodeo Rider (Saddle Club #12) by Bonnie Bryant

Rodeo Rider is the twelfth book in the Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant.  The reader is once again taken for a visit to the Bar None ranch.  This is where the girls’ friend Kate Devine lives.  The ranch is in trouble and it seems the Saddle Club needs to step in and help!

Rodeo Rider (Saddle Club #12) by Bonnie Bryant | Equus Education

Rodeo Rider (Saddle Club #12) by Bonnie Bryant | Equus Education

When the opportunity arises for them to visit, the girls are delighted to find that the local rodeo will be on whilst they’re there.  Eager to help raise the social profile of the Bar None, the girls sign up to the rodeo.  And so they are entered for the barrel racing event.  But there’s one problem – for a group of English riders, they have no idea what barrel racing is!

Local wrangler Eli Grimes comes to the girls’ aid.  Newly informed, Stevie, Carole, Lisa, Kate and their friend Christine work hard to learn the ins and outs of barrel racing.  Whilst this is occurring, Eli is also working hard for the rodeo events he will compete in.  It is his desire to secure a full scholarship to be able to study.

In between practices, the girls take a trip to a competition ranch to see just what it is that is drawing customers to them, rather than the Bar None.  They come up with one conclusion: the Bar None needs to be more visible to potential customers.  And it seems that the rodeo is just the way to do this.

Throw in some apparent unrequited love, a non-helpful rodeo aide for Eli and a desire to win in spite of the odds, and Rodeo Rider is another great read in the series.  It again shows how the girls can work together to overcome obstacles whilst also having fun.

Author: Bonnie Bryant
Fiction – pre and early teenage years.
In My Library? It definitely is!  Along with many others in the series.
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Summer Circuit by Kim Ablon Witney

I downloaded a copy of Summer Circuit recently for free over at Instafreebie as a part of the Equestrian Horse Book Giveaway. Of all the books on offer, it was the only one I hadn’t yet read! Summer Circuit was a great look into the show jumping world from an interesting point of view. Hannah Waer is an eighteen-year-old who is used to the comfort that money brings. It’s how she got her horse Logan and is a part of the show jumping world.

As someone who is used to having her horse handed to her, getting on and riding and handing him back to a groom, things are drastically changing. Feeling that she needs to learn to assert herself, Hannah’s father has indicated that she will be doing the 7 week Summer Circuit before university. And she’ll be doing it alone. She’ll still have a trainer to oversee her classes.  But when it comes to preparing her gelding and cleaning up after him, she is suddenly his groom.

Summer Circuit by Kim Ablon Whitney

Summer Circuit by Kim Ablon Whitney

Aside from the unappealing smells and the physical work of caring for a horse that she isn’t used to, Hannah isn’t sure how she’ll manage.  After all, she has no idea how to muck out a stall, much less tack up a horse.

And so starts an incredible journey for the young woman.  In time she learns to fend for herself, look after her horse and develop a backbone. Hannah is rapt to have a close friend in talented rider – and competent groom – Zoe. Although she can’t work out why Zoe is so nice to her, she is glad to have a friend who knows the ropes – and the people – in the horse showing world. Zoe introduces her to people and helps her to feel a little less like a fish out of water. One of these people is a knowledgeable groom named Mike. Hannah instantly recognises the genuine person Mike is and her learning journey regarding horse care begins.

Although caring for her gelding Logan has the potential to improve over time, Hannah doesn’t see how her riding performances can. Logan is uncontrollable and her trainer is far from helpful. On her first day of the circuit, Hannah is dismayed to nearly crash into top show rider, Chris Kern. And if that isn’t enough, Zoe is insistent on introducing her to Chris at the pub when the showing world is letting loose for the evening.

What has the potential to be a very embarrassing meeting turns into an unexpected opportunity for Hannah and her horse Logan. And in time it’s this opportunity that helps Hannah to learn to ride competently.  She also learns to stand up for herself and to even belief in herself – as a rider and a young woman.

Summer Circuit is a great introduction to the world of caring for horses and competing on them. Because Hannah is having to learn from the ground up, the reader is able to learn alongside her. That said there were some terms I felt could be explained further. The novel is an entertaining and educational read and moves at a good pace. Although Hannah’s character seemed to recognise Zoe’s need to value herself as a person, I felt the sexual side of the story was a bit crude at times. Aside from that, Summer Circuit is a really good read.  Hannah’s character showed real maturity as she dealt with what was thrown at her.  Recommended.

Author – Kim Ablon Whitney
http://www.kimablonwhitney.com/
Fiction – young adult
In my library? – as an eBook, yes!
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The Swallow’s Storm by Ruby Loren

I downloaded this short mystery for free recently on Kindle. I love the idea of the story – a horse comes back riderless from being ridden out in the woods. The horse is physically and emotionally damaged. It’s up to horse psychologist Hayley Argent to determine if the horse can heal and go back to his eventing career. Or, if he is to stay unmanageable and dangerous. The Swallow’s Storm is an interesting and entertaining mystery.

The Swallow’s Storm by Ruby Loren | Equus Education

The Swallow’s Storm by Ruby Loren | Equus Education

This novel is a quick and easy read that focuses on an inter stable championship. It seems that when everyone gets competitive, their worst natures come out. Hayley is determined that Hadrian, a beautiful dapple grey gelding isn’t the monster he’s made out to be. And his rider’s death she is sure has a hidden story behind it.

As Hayley works to help Hadrian and solve the mystery, she comes across some nasty characters in the riding world. Thankfully, there are also some genuine horse people, too. The Swallow’s Storm is a short mystery that is wrapped up nicely, with the added bonus of focusing on horse psychology.  There is a hint of romance thrown in and the potential for relationships to develop further in future books.

Unfortunately the horse information is only provided on a superficial level; it isn’t incorrect, but doesn’t show a lot of insight into the horse world.  Also, the reference to a white horse and a horse ‘snickering’ rather than nickering didn’t ring true for me.

Hayley at times was also referenced as Holly, making me question the editing of the novel. That aside, the Swallow’s Storm was an easy and enjoyable read.

Author – Ruby Loren
Fiction – adult
In my library – as an electronic copy it is!
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Missionville by Alex Brown

Recently Equus Education had the opportunity to profile Alex with regards to his career as an exercise rider. He has newly released a horse racing novel titled Missionville.

I was rapt to be able to receive a copy of this book to read before it’s release. Missionville tells an interesting tale of behind the scenes of racing. It is an intriguing mystery, written by someone obviously in the know about the racing industry.

The reader is first introduced to Pete Wright, a struggling trainer at Missionville, the local Pennsylvania Racetrack. Pete is in the business of claiming horses as cheap as he can for his one owner. He then trains the horse, races it to hopefully win and sells it on again in another claiming race, turning a quick dollar.

Missionville by Alex Brown | Equus Education

Missionville by Alex Brown | Equus Education

Although Pete had grand ideas about being a top racehorse trainer, he has found himself struggling to make bread and butter. In time he accepts a job through local track pony rider, Jake. The job is the lowest of the low in Pete’s opinion. It involves delivering horses to slaughter. Once was enough for Pete and he vows never to do it again, no matter how desperate for money he is.

Cue Amanda, successful bank manager and keen horse lover. Amanda spends her weekends at the track, building up connections. She is working to make the after racing life of thoroughbreds more promising. She hates what is happening in the slaughter world. When Amanda learns of Pete’s connection to driving the horses to slaughter, she realises she has an in that could help to bring the whole sordid industry to an end.

In time Pete and Amanda work together to stop the overt slaughtering of racehorses. When Pete realises something is fishy with one of the other horse owners – who just happens to own the racetrack – he knows he needs to investigate further.

Missionville is a great mix of horses, mystery and romance. It’s also a delightful look at the behind the scenes of racing on a small country track.

Author – Alex Brown
Fiction – adult
In my library – as an electronic copy it is!
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The Young Black Stallion by Walter and Steven Farley

Many people are familiar with Walter Farley’s series The Black Stallion. Perhaps even reading the first book in this children’s series, the question was raised: how did the Black come to be on the ship in the first place? Written with his third child Steven, Walter explores the origin of the young black stallion named Shêtan.

The Young Black Stallion by Walter and Steven Farley

The Young Black Stallion by Walter and Steven Farley

Bred for great things, it seems that the Arab sheik who has bred Shêtan has to work hard to keep him. Not only is a rival tribe out to secure him, but a wealthy Arab that now lives in Europe sees the value in owning him – however that may come about. And so starts a battle to capture and keep the young black stallion.  This horse appears to be far superior to any of his paddock mates.

Set in the high mountains of Arabia, Shêtan finds his usual life of eating, drinking, playing and sleeping with paddock mates rudely interrupted one day. A raiding party is there to secure the black colt. Wary of humans, Shêtan runs until he can do so no longer.  It is then that he turns on the men who are trying to secure him.

A pawn in a battle between two strong sheiks, young Rashid finds himself suddenly abandoned.  This is even though he was taken on to track the horse. Knowing if he is found by those that cared for Shêtan, that he will be killed, Rashid escapes on foot.  He believes all he can do is head for his home in the desert.  And so starts a long, lonely journey.

The Young Black Stallion is told from the point of view of Rashid and Shêtan as they work to survive on their own in the wilderness of Arabia. A battle to get away from those chasing him and to find enough food to survive leads Shêtan many miles. Eager to get home – but not to be spied by those who left him for dead – Rashid has to often retrace his steps and find another way out of the mountains.

The Young Black Stallion is an interesting read that throws a new element into the Black’s life before he knew Alec Ramsay. It also highlights the incredible bond that develops between the boy and the stallion, considering his previous handling. This book is the start to the young black stallion series by Steven Farley.

Authors – Walter and Steven Farley
Fiction – children
In my library – definitely is!
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The Runaway Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

Those who have read the Girl and Her Pony, will already be familiar with Princess Sophia and perhaps even her perfectly behaved, grey pony. In the Runaway Pony, Sophia is amazed to find herself astride her grey pony Sky, in another world.

The Runaway Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

The Runaway Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

Sick of the lack of privacy and restrictions placed on her as a part of the royal family, Sophia longs to escape it all. She finds she has this in common with Sky and the two decide to escape the rules even if only for a little while. Little did they realise that their adventure would last longer than a quick gallop away from the king’s guards.

Finding themselves in the land of Faerie, Sophia and Sky question what is most important to them. This comes to mind as the question is raised by an unusual talking snake in the land of Faerie. As horse and rider try to work out this upside down land they’ve ventured into, they soon find themselves in trouble.  And they are unsure how to get out of it.

Their adventure consequently turns into trying to find a way home and solving the snake’s riddle.  And along the way, ultimately they learn about true friendship.

The Runaway Pony is a delightful tale for young readers with a great moral. The fact that one of the main characters is a pony adds to its appeal. This is yet another great read by Angharad Thompson Rees. If you’re looking for some horse themed books for your youngster, be sure to check out the Magical Adventures and Pony Tales.  It contains all 6 horsey adventures in one!

Author – Angharad Thompson Rees
Fiction – children
In my library – as an eBook it is.
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Running Free (Midnight Dancer #3) by Elizabeth Lindsay

Running Free finds young Mory desperate to prove the worth of her pony Midnight Dancer.  After some unexpected jumping opportunities arise, Mory is adamant that her pony is a brilliant jumper.  Mean girl at school Caroline Spencer wants Mory to prove it by entering the local show jumping competition.

Running Free (Midnight Dancer #3) by Elizabeth Lindsay

Running Free (Midnight Dancer #3) by Elizabeth Lindsay

Although Mory knows her beautiful mare is brilliant, she isn’t so sure about her own jumping skills – she is still learning to ride effectively.  Whilst Mory is out riding on the hills, she discovers a dog running free.  In time, a dead sheep is found and Mory’s uncle Glyn is furious.  He is adamant he will shoot any dogs on sight if they’re near his sheep.

Mory is fearful for Ben, a new dog that her friend Lionel has acquired.  Although Mory doesn’t believe Ben killed the sheep, she knows that he was in the area at one point.  Uncle Glyn is certain it is either Lionel’s young dog or a local woman’s dog.  Mory is unsure how she can prove it was neither!

In time Mory is goaded into entering the show jumping competition at Penyworlod.  Most of her energies go into training her pony and learning to sit well on Dancer.  Alongside this she suddenly has to deal with another dead sheep – this time a young lamb.  Lionel has also run away and Caroline is suddenly going out riding with Mory’s cousin Cara.

Running Free focuses on a great mystery that young Mory has to work to solve before an innocent dog is killed.  It is also a perfect story for young horse enthusiasts.  The horse information rings true, is educational and the story is an entertaining read.  This third book in the Midnight Dancer series I am sure would be a hit with pre-teen horse enthusiasts.

Author – Elizabeth Lindsay
Fiction – children
In my library – along with a few others in the series!
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