Horse Crazy!: Fun Facts, Ideas, Activities, Projects, Games, and Know-How for Horse-Loving Kids


Are You Crazy Enough About Horses to...

Stencil a horse border around your bedroom? (page 66)

Bring a horse to school? (page 72)


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Are You Crazy Enough About Horses to...

Stencil a horse border around your bedroom? (page 66)

Bring a horse to school? (page 72)

Prepare a pony picnic? (page 91)

Recognize the difference between a running braid and a diamond braid? (page 155)

Create your own gymkhana? (page 170)

Know all the rules of trail riding? (page 217)

Spend your weekend camping with horses? (page 228)

Open up a beauty shop for horses? (page 245)

Crochet a saddle pad? (page 323)

Keep a "Life List" of horse breeds? (page 350)

If you are, then Horse Crazy! is the book for you!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Patrick Hunter
Horse loving gals will squeal with delight all the way to the stables reading this book. Chock-full of facts, crafts, games, ideas, history, and know-how for the horse-lover; Hass seems to have managed to cover it all and make it accessible to boot. The book is divided into different sections: horse history; care, keeping, and showing; arts and crafts; and miscellaneous. Do not, however, let the sections fool you. In every one of them, you will find sidebars with factoids from horse history, famous horses from history, mythological horses, movies about horses, books about horses, and various craft projects. Hass has managed to make this plethora of information easy to flip through and accessible. The table of contents is very detailed. Each section has headings in red, and the text is neat and clean, allowing you to find what you want easily. Information is self-contained, so, you can jump around from place to place in the book. The illustrations are created with a pallet of roses and browns, keeping them from competing with the text or overwhelming the eye. At the end of the book, there is an extensive appendix for resources, glossary, careers, and other information. The only thing that Hass has managed NOT to do is make her book more gender neutral. While the information applies to everyone who loves horses, and the illustrations do have the occasional boy, the book was clearly designed to appeal to the feminine horse lover. It would take some convincing and coaxing to get your average boy over the somewhat froo-froo appearance of the book. Once you do, though, they will sure learn a lot. Reviewer: Patrick Hunter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603421546
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 257,079
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Besides working, keeping and caring for horses since childhood, author Jessie Haas has written many popular children's books including her sixth book about horses for young riders, Jessie lives in Vermont with her husband, Michael, and her Morgan horse, River Echo Atherton.

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Table of Contents

Meet the Author

You're Probably Horse Crazy If...

Part 1: In the Know. Essential Equine Education for the Truly Obsessed

Prehistoric Horses
• Horses and Humans: How It All Started
• Horses March Off to War, Part I
• Horses March Off to War, Part II
• After a Long Absence, Horses Return to North America
• Westward Ho!
• Horses in Farming
• Horses on the Road
• The North American Horse Today
• Bring Your Horse to School
• Every Horse a Wanted Horse
• Horsemen Helping Horses
• Sharing Treats with Your Horse
• Click, Treat, Train

Part 2: In the Saddle. And in the Stall and in the Show Ring

Approaching a Horse
• Haltering a Horse
• Tying an Emergency Halter
• Leading a Horse
• Playing with Rope
• Learning How to Ride
• Tacking Up
• Basic Rules of Riding
• Helmets: Absolutely, Completely, Totally Required
• So Many Ways to Show a Horse
• Beautiful Braids
• Successful Showing Is All in the Attitude
• Eye-Catching Quarter Marks
• Competitions for Horseless Horsemen
• All about English Competition
• Types of Jumps
• All about Western Competition
• Everyone Loves a Parade
• The Thrill of the Race
• Happy Trails
• Camping on Horseback
• Going Back in Time: Historic Reenactments
• Drive Yourself Horse Crazy!
• Unusual Ways to Have Fun with a Horse
• Going to Horse Camp
• Help and Hope through Horses

Part 3: In the Spotlight. The Arts, Environment, and Some Equine Extras

A Model of Perfection
• How to Write Horse Stories
• How to Draw Horses
• How to Photograph Horses
• Singing about Horses
• A Horse of a Different Color - How about Green?
• Working on Having a Horse of Your Own
• Sharing Your Horse

The Tail End: More Good Stuff

Careers in the Horse World
• Keeping a Life List of Breeds
• Lots of Good Books
• Lots of Great Movies
• Lots of Cool Crafts
• Glossary
• Resources
• Index

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