Gathering a trio of tales for each season, Welch provides readers with 12 stories of young people and the horses in their lives. While some stories emphasize humor, others feature characters facing personal problems, such as handling sibling rivalry, dealing with divorce, envying a neighbor's show horse, or facing the sale of a favorite pony. The special bond between horse and rider is also examined: Janelle learns to trust her mount, Rusty, who saves the trail ride from a flash flood; Sara's patient work with Frosty helps him overcome his fear of jumping. Each well-crafted story quickly gathers readers into the setting and involves them with the characters' lives. Whether sampled over time or read from cover to cover, Welch's tales, complemented by delicate pen-and-ink drawings, comprise a satisfying collection.