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The Aldens are helping out at a rescue ranch, taking care of horses that need extra attention. Jessie's favorite is a beautiful horse named Dragon. But when Dragon and some of the other horses disappear from the pasture, the Boxcar Children must saddle up for a mystery. What's happening to the horses at the Dare to Dream Ranch?
The Aldens are spending a week at the Dare to Dream Ranch, a rescue ranch that takes in horses whose owners can no longer care for them. The children help with chores, and Jessie is thrilled to be looking after a beautiful horse named Dragon. But when two of the oldest horses are missing from the pasture, a mystery begins to unfold--why would someone want to steal two old, sick horses? Then Dragon disappears, too, and the children discover that one of the horses has paint on its coat. Just what's going on at the ranch, anyway?
Sarah "Scoop" Coop's life revolves around her horse, Orphan, and the stability of the family stable business. Scoop learns major coming-of-age lessons as she learns to rely on God.
Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde's psychic ability gives her insight into the minds of all kinds of creatures. If only humans were as easy to read...Dead men may tell no tales, but they can screw up your life with a few phone calls. Grace's abusive ex-brother-in-law, Anthony Ortega, needs her help--at least that's what he said on the messages he left before his sudden death. Grace is inclined to let the matter rest in peace, but when her sister is named a suspect, Grace decides to get to the bottom of the cryptic calls.Her only lead is Ortega's fiancée, who believes that he had arranged to surprise her with the purchase of a Frisian gelding named Heart. The horse was being stabled at the R-n-R Ranch--but was taken in the middle of the night. Now, with her sister in trouble and a missing horse on her hands, Grace hopes the information harnessed from her psychic skills will be enough to rein in the killer...
Natalie Gold, a reporter, is shocked with the multiple murders and tries to find the truth. As she comes close to solving the case, she becomes the target of death threats.
Jim Squires's rollicking look at the pomp, arrogance, passion, and avarice that drive both man and horse in the most exciting two minutes in sports?the Kentucky Derby
Everybody in the thoroughbred horse business wants to win the Kentucky Derby, but the odds on making it to the winner's circle at Churchill Downs are about 35,000-to-1. How did a former Chicago newspaper editor bring together the stallion and mare and breed the winner of the world's most famous and important horserace? Jim Squires's Horse of a Different Color tells the story of his wild ride from absurdity to glory at the pinnacle of horseracing success alongside Monarchos, the charismatic gray colt blessed with the extraordinary speed, poise, and stamina necessary to carry his motley band of human handlers to the highest level of their profession. Squires takes you on an exciting journey through the close-knit and secretive world of horse breeders, buyers, sellers, owners, and trainers. And his hilarious tour of racehorse culture ends with a blazing sprint down the homestretch of the second fastest Derby in history in the company of a crowd of Kentuckians driven mad with "Derby Fever."
Twelve-year-old Christina Reese is the luckiest girl in the world. She lives at the Whitebrook Farm with her dad, Mike, and her mother, Ashleigh Griffen, one of the most famous jockeys ever.
Fourteen-year-old Jane Ryan has always dreamed of having a "horse of her own" -- but so long as she gets to ride her favorite school horse, Beau, at Sunny Acres farm, she's content. And this is the summer she means to try out for the advanced riding class. But just as camp begins, Jane receives heartbreaking news about Beau. She loses, not just her favorite horse, but also her chance to ride in the end-of-summer competition. When her trainer asks for her help with an out-of-control chestnut warmblood, Lancelot, a newcomer to the barn, she has no choice but to say yes. There's another new addition to the farm: Ben Reyes, the grandson of the barn's manager. As Jane struggles to go on without Beau, and to make Lancelot the great horse she believes him to be, her feelings for Ben, her relationships with the privileged group of girls she rides with, and her painful, joyous road to self-discovery all lead to a heart-pounding conclusion that is truly a new beginning. Only Jane's faith in Lancelot, and her own rediscovered skill and strength, can see her through the hard journey toward "a horse of her own".
THE SADDLE CLUB would do anything to help a friend in need. So when Stevie overhears Max on the phone mysteriously pleading for more time and more money, she, Lisa, and Carole, know what they need to do. Pine Hollow is clearly in trouble and it's up to the Saddle Club to save the day. But while the girls are plotting good deeds, someone is pulling pranks on them! Could it be the same person who wants to see Pine Hollow sold to the highest bidder?
Carole, Stevie, and Lisa have been looking for a fourth member to join the Saddle Club. So when Carole introduces her friends to Kate Devine, the championship rider, the girls know they've found the perfect fit. Except that Kate doesn't want to ride ever again. . . .
Stevie, Carole, and Lisa are going back to the racetrack. Then the girls spot an official in the wrong place taking money from someone he shouldn't. The official sees the girls and knows they're on to him! Now the girls are in danger.
Interlaced with humor, this book looks at the pitfalls and pressures owners, trainers, and jockeys face at Derby time and why most fail, while others, notably the "big three" of D. Wayne Lukas, Bob Baffert, and Nick Zito, always seem to win the big prize.
Lisa love being a member of the Saddle Club. But lately, Stevie and Carole haven't had time for her or their friendship. And if she can'tconvince her friends that their club is just as important, she may have to find new members to replace them. . . .
Horse lovers know all too well that keeping a horse is practically a full-time job-with lots of fun and, well, goof-ups. <P><P>For those new horse owners who sometimes wonder if their horse is smarter than they are, Horse Sense and Nonsense is a great reminder that the "joys" of owning a horse are universal. This refreshing spoof of the usually staid horse owner's manual blends common-sense advice with side-splitting spins on the issues of horses and horse ownership. Whether nodding your head in agreement or giving a hearty horse laugh, you'll delight in reading Horse Sense and Nonsense.
The man who listens to horses talks to people. 'Monty Roberts will make you marvel. The Man Who Listens to Horses will first break, then mend your heart. ' New York Times<P> Already famous for his way with horses, Monty Roberts now wants to revolutionise the way we communicate with each other. His principles of trust and non-violence, about which he speaks so passionately and lucidly in his public demonstrations, made corporations from all over the world send their managers to watch his work with horses. They saw that Monty's techniques could be applied to business leadership and training. People of all kinds all over the world write and talk to Monty Roberts everywhere, because his passion for understanding, for gentleness, for fairness, reaches all of his audiences. They respond to his ideas of how we can make the world in which we live and work a better place. 'The demonstration by Monty Roberts taught us some valuable lessons in peoplemanship. Each of us learned something we could bring back to our daily lives. ' Richard H Frank, Chairman, Walt Disney Communications <P> We can't all meet him, so in response to the almost universal demand to Monty to make his life-changing thinking available to everyone, he wrote this book.
Forming a horse-sitting business to earn some extra money, Lisa, Carole, and Stevie believe that their skills will make the business a breeze, but soon find themselves in way over their heads.
Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U. S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistanby Doug Stanton
From the New York Times-bestselling author of In Harm's Way comes a true-life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory. Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban.
From the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm's Way comes a true-life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory. Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city, and the streets thronged with Afghans overjoyed that the Taliban regime had been overthrown. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of six hundred Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed by the would-be POWs. Dangerously overpowered, they fought for their lives in the city's immense fortress, Qala-i-Janghi, or the House of War. At risk were the military gains of the entire campaign: if the soldiers perished or were captured, the entire effort to outmaneuver the Taliban was likely doomed. Deeply researched and beautifully written, Stanton's account of the Americans' quest to liberate an oppressed people touches the mythic. The soldiers on horses combined ancient strategies of cavalry warfare with twenty-first-century aerial bombardment technology to perform a seemingly impossible feat. Moreover, their careful effort to win the hearts of local townspeople proved a valuable lesson for America's ongoing efforts in Afghanistan.
Willow Creek Junior High School gets its own radio station and Saddle club hosts a call-in show. Initially nobody calls, then Stevie's brother's friends call asking silly questions. A caller then tells about a horse in trouble. Is the call for real?
While waiting for a delayed airplane, old Henry Dailey, the Black's trainer, tells young Alec Ramsay a story of his own youth, travelling with his brother, Bill. Bill Dailey's talent as a horse-whisperer was unmatched in the days before the automobile and young Henry tells of an unscrupulous con-man who mistreats horses into behaving temporarily. Bill is determined to show that the man is a fraud, but can he unmask the con without getting hurt?Walter Farley experimented with many genres of writing and here, in his only foray into historical fiction, he weaves a fascinating tale of life when horses were the primary means of transportation.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Tim and his horse Tena loved galloping along the beach and making friends with the sea creatures, including a friendly porpoise. One day when Tena decided to have some fun on her own she swam too far out. Tim was frantic with worry. How could he save her? Read this thrilling story to find out what happened. It's different from anything you've ever read before! Other books by Walter Farley are available from Bookshare.
The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern Worldby David W. Anthony
Roughly half the world's population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European. But who were the early speakers of this ancient mother tongue, and how did they manage to spread it around the globe? Until now their identity has remained a tantalizing mystery to linguists, archaeologists, and even Nazis seeking the roots of the Aryan race. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language lifts the veil that has long shrouded these original Indo-European speakers, and reveals how their domestication of horses and use of the wheel spread language and transformed civilization. Linking prehistoric archaeological remains with the development of language, David Anthony identifies the prehistoric peoples of central Eurasia's steppe grasslands as the original speakers of Proto-Indo-European, and shows how their innovative use of the ox wagon, horseback riding, and the warrior's chariot turned the Eurasian steppes into a thriving transcontinental corridor of communication, commerce, and cultural exchange. He explains how they spread their traditions and gave rise to important advances in copper mining, warfare, and patron-client political institutions, thereby ushering in an era of vibrant social change. Anthony also describes his fascinating discovery of how the wear from bits on ancient horse teeth reveals the origins of horseback riding. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language solves a puzzle that has vexed scholars for two centuries--the source of the Indo-European languages and English--and recovers a magnificent and influential civilization from the past.
After losing two fingers in his first bull ride, seventeen-year-old Tullis Yoder worries he'll never have a chance to top another bull. Then the rodeo show he works for goes broke, and he learns that its thirteen horses, his only family, will be slaughtered for dog meat. With the help of a lady doctor and an aging professional horse thief, Tullis steals his beloved horses. He wants to set the horses free, but with crooks, three sheriffs, and a powerful judge after him, will he have a chance?
The Saddle Club is taking part in a big Pony Club rally being held at Pine Hollow. Riders from all the local Pony Clubs are there, including Stevie's boyfriend, Phil Marsten. For once Stevie and Phil aren't being too competitive so everyone is having a good time--until a thief spoils the fun by stealing $500 from the stable office. Veronica diAngelo says she saw Phil hanging around the office and acting suspiciously. And Phil did need money. But he'd never resort to theft, would he? Is Veronica up to something? Or is there a thief among the riders? It's up to the Saddle Club to find out and clear Phil's name.