Wild Horses (Horses of Half Moon Ranch Series #1)

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There is no greater trust than the one between a rider and her horse.

Kirstie Scott lives for horses. She is leading a horse trek through Miners' Ridge when a sudden storm causes a landslide. She is trapped alone in Dead Man's Canyon with a herd of wild horses whose leader - a proud stallion - has been hurt by falling rocks. Cold, wet, and alone in the gathering storm - can she find a way out and help the ...

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Overview

There is no greater trust than the one between a rider and her horse.

Kirstie Scott lives for horses. She is leading a horse trek through Miners' Ridge when a sudden storm causes a landslide. She is trapped alone in Dead Man's Canyon with a herd of wild horses whose leader - a proud stallion - has been hurt by falling rocks. Cold, wet, and alone in the gathering storm - can she find a way out and help the injured stallion?

What readers are saying:
"I found this book really thrilling and couldn't put it down."

"A thrilling start to Horses of Half Moon Ranch. I would recommend anyone who is able to read it to do so."

"I thought that I would read this book because I have read other books by this author and I love horses. I couldn't put this book down! An exciting and gripping read."

"This story is one that I enjoyed. I hope that the author will continue to display such talent in writing."

Don't miss the other books in The Horses of Half Moon Ranch Series:

  • Rodeo Rocky
  • Midnight Lady - Available in Spring 2009
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"All the elements of an engaging book are within the book's 153 pages - love for animals, mystery, and strong female characters." - The Friendly Book Book

"This is an easy to read book that should appeal to young horse lovers. It's filled with adventure and a taste of ranch life." - Horses.about.com

"What I really like about these books are that they are wholesome. There are no worries about taboo subjects or make-up or boys. Just a sweet story about a girl who loves horses." - A Mom Speaks Blog

"I loved reading about this resourceful heroine! Her courage and confidence in her own abilities is what really drives the plot. This story should resonate with any girl who loves horses and loves to trust her own instincts." - Teens Read Too

"For many readers there will be much to learn about in these stories including how wild horses are tamed and trained and what a rodeo is like. But the thing that shines through both of these stories and rings most true is the love and connection that Kirstie has for these horses. By caring for them and loving them, she learns much about herself and the world around her. A very enjoyable read." - Crazy 4 Kids Books

"Pros: Believable characters, mystery, and an all-American girl combine in a story that will grab readers from the first page.

Cons: None." - The Reading Tub

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Kirstie Scott's family runs a successful vacation ranch in Colorado, and the 13-year-old loves her lifestyle. In the first book, she witnesses the mistreatment of a stallion at a rodeo so her mother purchases the horse-a major error according to their senior hand. Kirstie faces the daunting job of training the animal to live and interact appropriately with other horses and with people at the ranch. In the second title, the protagonist is on a trek with a group of tourists when an unexpected thunderstorm causes a landslide. She is cut off from the rest of the trail riders and trapped in a canyon with wild horses. One of them, a beautiful black stallion, has been hurt by falling debris. When help comes, Kirstie leaves the animal behind but then pleads with the vet to treat it. Returning to the canyon, she discovers that the entire herd has disappeared. In both books, illustrations are scattered throughout. Oldfield does a superior job of integrating factual information into the story lines. The plots moves quickly and the writing is straightforward. Some of the characters are not well developed, but Kirstie, who has strength and conviction, is a great role model. Good choices where books about horses are in high demand.-Melissa Buron, Epps Island Elementary, Houston, TX

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402213274
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Horses of Half Moon Ranch Series , #1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 310,604
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Oldfield is the author of over 50 children's books. She lives in Yorkshire and says that she loves the countryside and enjoys walking, gardening, playing tennis, riding, and traveling with her two daughters, Kate and Eve.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

    Thirteen-year-old Kirstie Scott lives with her mother and brother at Half Moon Ranch, which her mother built up into a guest ranch after the death of Kirstie's grandfather.

    While on a Saturday trailride with a group of guests, Charlie, one of their cowhands, asks Kirstie to lead the group into Dead Man's Canyon while he helps the guests cross a tricky stream swollen with melting snow. Following the senses of Lucky, her trusted palomino, Kirstie enters the canyon to find a herd of wild horses trapped in the back. Their leader, a beautiful black stallion, reacts aggressively, and rain begins to pour as Kirstie freezes in an effort to not upset the herd any further.

    Kirstie is about to turn around and leave the canyon when one of the ranch horses, spooked by her inexperienced rider, races into the canyon and up the trail, causing an avalanche on the weakened ridge. When the dust settles, Kirstie is unharmed thanks to Lucky, but the black stallion is trapped under rocks, badly hurt.

    Now, trapped with the herd while Charlie goes back to the ranch for help, Kirstie does what she can for the stallion, and she wonders if it will be enough...

    I loved reading about this resourceful heroine! Her courage and confidence in her own abilities is what really drives the plot. This story should resonate with any girl who loves horses and loves to trust her own instincts.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Boring...

    This book is soooooooo boring! And the plot (there is none). Plus for a "childrens" book it happens to say a few cuss-words. Just what you want kids to be reading, right?

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    To Velvetstar ~Leafsun's Soul~

    Read Thymedust's posts at: 'Leaf,' result three, 'Cherry Tree,' Result three..and then Result one of this search. Reply. To them. If you could. Thyme is my Brother, and he seems very upset. In Real life too...<p>

    The soft golden female illuminated, her pelt softly ebbed with stars. Leafsun's blue gaze fell on Velvetstar, her expression one of disapproval, and worry. "What have you done?" She asked, her voice soft but stern. "What did my Brother do to deserve this? Why did he get replaced?" Leafsun pressed, shaking her head. The Starclan cat sighed. "Velvetstar..Thymedust loved you so much more then you could think. Remember Faithseed? The she-cat that had become friends with Thymedust?" She blinked. "Remember when you felt broken and torn when Thymedust went hunting with her? You thought he loved you? You didn't like that. But your doing exactly that to Thymedust now. Breaking him down and tearing away his spirit. Leaving him broken and hopless." The young warrior rested a starry tail on the Leader's shoulder, "That feeling you felt when Faithseed was around, that feeling of despair and that feeling of being an old mossball? That's what my Brother feels. Like it's out with the old...in with the new. Just..please think about what I've told you. You hurt Thymedust. He is beginning to doubt everything..Starclan...and even if he was ment to be alive.." Leafsun's figure vanished softly, only her scent lingered. ~This is Thyme's Sister, by the way.~

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Stop

    Stop it with the clan stuff!!!!!! This is used for reviews for the books! If you didn't know, I'm telling you know. So stop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    A Wolf

    A howling of a wolf can be heard in the distance. It sings of the return of a flower...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    RABBITPATH

    LOCKE OUT OF FIRST RESULT

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Amberspirit

    I'm locked out of everywhere I've ever posted. Can we move?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Ummm

    ANYONE HERE A BRONY?!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Cinderwolf

    Cinderwolf nodded slightly before padding out briskly.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Love Horses

    I love wild horses

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Riplekit

    Ripplekit angrily kicked at the ground. "She forgot us AGAIN!" Puddlekit sighed. "We're never going to be apprentices." "Theres got to be a reason," Suggested Streakkit.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Blacksoul

    Blacksoul sharpens his claws

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Daisypaw

    (P.s im online just want whitestar to see my post in first result. If u need to chat talk to me here)~daisypaw

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Wolfsun and owlfeather TO ANYONE URGENT

    Tell whitstar that im locked out of first result of cp.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    RiverPaw

    I joined at Winnie the horse gentaler

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Tearpaw

    "Yea. I'm not sure if they have RPers, though."

    Tearpaw

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Velveteyes

    She got borage then padded out of the camp.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Whitestar to Horseclan~Clan Meeting

    *the dove gray leader slid out of her den and into the pale moonlight. She bounded up to the top of the High Log in a few long strides* "Let al cats old enough to catch their own prey gather here beneath the High Log for a Clan Meeting!" *she waited and gazed proudly down as her happy Clan arranged themselves beneath the High Log* "There are a couple things I need to deal with today, but I'll start with the most important. We have a few kits who are ready to become apprentices! Daisykit, Bearkit, Autumnkit, Patchkit, and Banditkit, please step forward! Do you all promise to train hard to learn and respect the Warrior Code?" "I do!" came the chorus of confident replies. "Then I, Whitestar, leader of Horseclan, now rename you Daisypaw, Bearpaw, Autumnpaw, Patchpaw, and Banditpaw! Daisypaw, your mentor will be Blacksoul. Bearpaw, your mentor will be Greenleaf. Autumnpaw, your mentor will be Windwing. Patchpaw, your mentor will be Servaljump. And Banditpaw, your mentor will be me!" *she leapt down from the High Log and padded over to touch noses with Banditpaw.* "You'll do great with me!" she whispered encouragingly. *after all the new mentors and apprentices had greeted eachother, she returned to her perch on the High Log.* "Now to the more... confusing matters. There have been a lot of cats who either quit rping or disappeared. They left their cats behind for others to rp. Our 'Needs to Be Rped' list is way too long, so I have decided to make some changes. The Cats of Horseclan list will be completely wiped, those who haven't been seen in a while will be erased. The Rp list will also be wiped. We will start over the Rp list with new kits and stuff like that. Also, if you think you rp too many cats, you can choose to let one go. I'm not trying to get you to kill your cats, I just want to give you that option. If there are any cats or kits that you don't want to disappear, like if they have sentimental values or if you want to make some prophecy about them, tell me and I'll keep them o the list. Also, the new territory is at 'Mrs. Murphy series' all results. I haven't set up any prey posts yet, but I just wanted to make that clear. For future refrence and stuff. Well, that's all. If anyone has any questions, ask me in a different result. I don't want to take this post down. That's all, thank's for reading! Good night!" ~Informing Whitestar

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    It wont download

    I wish it would

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Stardust

    This is my land. Come to my herd or leave.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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