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Book Title: The Monday Horses|
The author of the book: Jean Slaughter Doty
Edition: Greenwillow Books
Date of issue: February 1978
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.88 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.8
ISBN 13: 9780688801342
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I read this in one sitting. It's one of my favorite horse books (I read it as a young girl too). This is the story of a girl who is riding her horse on a bridle path when it steps on a glass bottle and severely cuts its leg. She runs to the nearest stable for help, and it turns out to be a super fancy hunter/jumper stable. Her horse boards there for a while, out of necessity while its leg heals, and she gets her first look at the world of competitive show jumping.
She ends up working at the stable to cover the cost of her horse's board, first helping out with routine tasks and eventually riding and showing some of the junior horses. Here she discovers both the joys and the heartbreak of working in this rarefied corner of the horse world, where extremely valuable horses changed hands frequently and every new horse van that drives up is like Christmas morning.
She sees the ugly side of the business -- indifferent, snobby owners; a family who sold their daughter's beloved pony because it wasn't winning enough and bought a new pony so hot the girl can't ride it; a horse who dies suddenly of pneumonia brought on by the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
But she also sees the good side, as she finds herself riding top-notch show ponies for owners who are unable or unwilling to ride them themselves. It's called "The Monday Horses" because on Mondays the stable is closed, and the trainers and grooms have the horses all to themselves for vetting and other tasks, and there are no owners to deal with.
This book is about the beauty and the heartbreak of being in horses, the good side and the bad side, and the fact that for all its negatives, people who truly love horses just can't stay away. You never know what treasures the next horse van will bring.
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