A Horse's Best Friend
A Horse's Best Friend
Winnie is the star of the bestselling Winnie the Horse Gentler series that sold more than half a million copies and taught kids around the world about faith, kindness, and horse training. Winnie could ride horses before she could walk, but training them is another story. In this new series, eight-year-old Winnie learns the fine art of horse gentling from her horse wrangler mom as they work together to save the family ranch.
Winnie would love to be one of the popular kids, but is it worth joining in on their bullying? When her class comes to the ranch for a field trip, Winnie has to decide if she’s going to stand up for her friends, both human and horse.
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|Publisher:||Tyndale House Publishers|
|Series:||Winnie: The Early Years , #2|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||10 MB|
|Age Range:||6 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of numerous books for children, including Larger-Than- Life Lara. She lives in West Salem, Ohio, with her husband and their three children.
Read an Excerpt
"Where are they?" I ask, trying not to whine.
Mom and I are lying on our bellies behind some bushes. We've been waiting over an hour to see Mustangs. Wind rips across the hillside. Shadows move on the purple mountains.
"Be patient, Winnie," Mom says. "It was your idea to come with me."
Every year Mom comes here to watch wild horses. And every year I beg to come along. This is the first year she's said okay. We drove our trailer because sometimes Mom brings back a horse to gentle. She trains it, then sells it. The money goes to the wild horse refuge in Laramie.
So far, we've seen only three deer and an antelope. No Mustangs. And now I can't get that song out of my head: Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play ...
"So, Winnie, how are you getting along at school?" Mom asks.
Now I get it. Mom let me tag along because she already knows the answer to her question: I'm not getting along at school.
"Okay," I mutter.
She waits me out. Mom is the most patient human in the world. She can train any horse because she doesn't rush or lose her temper. She's the best horse gentler in Wyoming. And she's pretty good with daughters, too.
Finally, I give in. "Well, maybe not so great." Tamson invited all of the popular girls in my class for a sleepover birthday party. Not me. No surprise. At recess, Tamson tells us what to play. Lately, it's jail tag. I'm not invited to do that either, so I swing or sit by myself — jail without the tag.
I'd do anything to be invited to Tamson's sleepover.
Mom stares at the crest of the hill. "What's not great?" she asks.
Tamson's face pops into my mind. "Mom, did you ever have a bossy girl in your class who ruined everything?"
Mom sighs. "I did. Stephanie. That girl thought she owned the school. I think she had parties just to leave me out."
I can't believe this. Everybody likes my mom. "What did you do?"
"I let her boss me around for almost a whole year because I wanted her to like me. Then I decided to ignore her. As soon as I did, I got to know Laurie."
Laurie is my mom's best friend. "But how did —"
"Shh!" Mom whispers. "They're coming. Feel it?"
"I don't feel any —" I stop. I do feel it. The ground shakes. The sound of hooves grows louder. I peek.
At the top of the hill, two horses rush at each other. The bay rears and strikes a hoof to the black stallion's neck. The black rears and twists, then bites the bay's belly.
"Mom!" I cry. "Stop them!"
"It's all right," she says. "The black stallion is keeping the younger stallion in line."
In seconds, the bay drops back to the other horses, who were watching from the top of the hill. The black stallion arches his neck and whinnies his victory. He rears. When his hooves strike the ground, he breaks into a gallop.
More horses appear over the hill. A Buckskin. A paint. A pinto. A dozen bays. They follow the stallion at high speed. The whole herd thunders down the hill ...
And straight at us.(Continues…)
Excerpted from "Winnie The Early Years: A Horse's Best Friend"
Copyright © 2018 Dandi A. Mackall.
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Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 Mustang Madness, 1,
CHAPTER 2 The Herd Nerd, 7,
CHAPTER 3 The Home Herd, 13,
CHAPTER 4 Odd Girl Out, 19,
CHAPTER 5 Don't Bug Me!, 25,
CHAPTER 6 Friendship, 31,
CHAPTER 7 Phooey on Field Trips, 37,
CHAPTER 8 To Be ... or Not to Be ... a Friend, 45,
CHAPTER 9 Real Friends, 55,
CHAPTER 10 Stuck Like Glue, 63,
CHAPTER 11 Here, There, and Everywhere, 69,
MY TRUE HORSE STORY, 75,
TOP FIVE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM SUGAR, 77,
FUN HORSE FACTS, 79,
HORSE TERMS, 83,
DRAFT HORSE BREEDS, 85,
PARTS OF THE HORSE, 89,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, 91,