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Midnight Lady (Horses of Half Moon Ranch Series #5)
     

Midnight Lady (Horses of Half Moon Ranch Series #5)

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by Jenny Oldfield
 

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Kirstie Scott can't wait to meet the neighbors that have just moved in, especially their strong-willed and elegant mare, Midnight Lady. But she is shocked to discover that they mistreat their horses. Appalled by the abuse, she vows to rescue them. However, her plan backfires when many of the horses escape deep into the mountains.

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Overview

Kirstie Scott can't wait to meet the neighbors that have just moved in, especially their strong-willed and elegant mare, Midnight Lady. But she is shocked to discover that they mistreat their horses. Appalled by the abuse, she vows to rescue them. However, her plan backfires when many of the horses escape deep into the mountains.

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About the Series:
Kirstie Scott lives with her family at Half Moon Ranch where her entire life is consumed by an undying love for horses. She finds the wild and dangerous terrain enticing and spends her afternoons riding through the tall forests and deep canyons. Kirstie always finds adventure in nature and never has a dull day.

Join Kirstie and her friends for four more action-packed adventures in this popular horse series.

What readers are saying about the Horses of Half Moon Ranch:

"...this series is going to make quite a few little horse-crazy girls very, very happy!"
"This story is one that I enjoyed. I hope that the author will continue to display such talent in writing."
"The detail and story line is great. I would recommend to any horse lover!"
"A wonderful story. This is a good read for any horse lover. I enjoyed it a lot."
"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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402268311
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Horses of Half Moon Ranch Series , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
488,633
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Excerpt from Midnight Lady

". . . Copper Bottom and Steel Dust; that's where it all began," Hadley Crane said as he backed the trailer out of the parking lot at San Luis Sale Barn.

" Yeah, like, I know exactly what you're talking about!" Lisa Goodman raised her eyebrows at Kirstie Scott. The reversing trailer raised a cloud of dust, which blew grit into the girls' eyes. It was late afternoon and the baking sun was sinking low in a clear blue sky.

"Two sires," Hadley went on. The head wrangler at Half Moon Ranch positioned the trailer to wait in line at the wide exit onto Route 27. "Copper Bottom and Steel Dust started a specialist breed of horse way back in the 1930s."

"What was special about them?" Kirstie could hear the three young horses they'd just bought stamping impatiently inside the metal trailer. She fanned her face with the sale program, then pulled down the peak of her baseball cap to shade her eyes.

"Easy to keep. Good feet. Small. Fast." Tersely, Hadley listed the strong points of the breed of horse used by the ranchers in the West. "Mighty fast, as a matter of fact. You put a postage-stampsized saddle on one of those guys, set him on a sprint track around the outside of a rodeo arena, and he'd blast out of that starting gate like a bullet out of a gun."

Kirstie grinned at Lisa. Get Hadley talking about his favorite subject, and there was no stopping him. The normally silent old ranch hand could ramble on for ages. "Isn't that why they're called quarter horses?" she asked, as their tall vehicle eased out onto the road.

"Sure." He signaled left and followed the sign that read: Minesville 8 miles, Renegade 3 miles. "Those races were no more than a quarter of a mile long. The horse never drew breath the whole time he was sprinting. He slowed up over the finish line and realized he might be kinda short of breath out there. But there was nothing to beat him for a short burst of speed. Short horse, or quarter horse. And it's all because of Copper Bottom and Steel Dust."

"Hmm." Lisa was impressed. She settled back in the passenger seat for the drive down the narrow, straight road to Renegade. "So the three horses we bought for Donna Rose back there, Skeeter, Moonpie, and Midnight Lady, they're all quarter horses?"

Skeeter, the three-year-old black-and-white paint. Strangely named Moonpie, the flea-bitten gray with a rash of brownish markings. Long-limbed, dapple gray Midnight Lady. Kirstie held a picture of them in her mind, their nervousness in the sale barn arena, heads up, ears flicking this way and that in reaction to the unaccustomed noise and bustle.

She recalled the paint's high-pitched whinny as Hadley led him up the ramp into the trailer, Moonpie following reluctantly where his more spirited leader had already gone. And the trouble they'd had loading Midnight Lady, who'd objected to the dark steel box and the echo of her hooves as they struck the metal ramp. She'd pulled and strained at the halter rope, until Hadley had switched tactics and offered her a handful of sweet alfalfa hay to tempt the hungry horse inside.

Meet the Author

Born and brought up in Harrogate, Yorkshire, Jenny Oldfield went on to study English at Birmingham University, where she did research on the Bronte novels and on Children's Literature. She then worked as a teacher, before deciding to concentrate on writing. She writes novels for both children and adults and, when she can escape from her desk, likes to spend time outdoors. She loves the countryside and enjoys walking, gardening, playing tennis, riding her horse Merlin and traveling with her two daughters, Kate and Eve.

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Midnight Lady 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holluflame had layed down his her nest to go to sleep~Hollyflame
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To Canafa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Midnigjt Lady is such a beautiful name for a horse.
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YEAH!!
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"Oh....... Where to?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I nudge banditpaw lightly. "Wanna go hunt with me" i ask then i double over in a coughing fit and shudder violently. I shake as i stand "bet i-ill catch m-more!"~daisypaw
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I found you guysL ~ Tigerleaf of starclab
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to roleplay one of the cats on the RP list at 'adventures of the cat princess warrior'? Because I'm locked out there and I would like to roleplay Songfeather.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IM BACK FOR TONIGHT I HAVE A NEW NOOK BUT I MOVED AND HAVE NO WIFI OR INTERNET YET IM AT A HOTEL USEING WIFI IS ANYONE I KNOW HERE??????
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"Who's darkshaft?"
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We moved....
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Hi
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Um you arent official. If you were it wouldnt say anonymous on the side. Err uhhh -__- sorry for tresspassing jut saying. And you guys are right. sorry - Throttlepaw or Lightningclan :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The shadow caught Creeksplash's eye and she watched it carefully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the warrior books. Like in the reviews i saw a post that says riverpaw is evil. One riverpaw is evil out if all riverpaws. I think that might be in your clan. Just watch out. It did say he will tell rumors and say your clan is evil.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I settle down on the branch, my strange green eyes wide with curiosity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(I cnnot RP anymore. The last couple months I only stayed because Lilystar was here, but I just dont have time anymore. )3 ) Goldenstripe padded into Horseclan holding a green crystal stone. He went over to Wishbreeze and said "I found one, just like Velveteyes'. It will protect you. So keep it forever." He meowed licking her. "Goodbye." Goldenstripe went to Wolfsun "I hate to leave you, but you have a great destiny ahead of you. Your the best kit I could ask for. Im proud of you, and Lilystar would have been too. I love you." He purred as he nuzzled her. "Velveteyes," Goldenstripe said, padding over to her. "Thank-you for everything. Im proud of you, you've done a lot for everyone." He meowed. "Crystaltalon will take good care of you, and so will Wishbreeze. And remember to keep that stone I gave you." He meowed. "HorseClan has been the best clan I have ever seen, and I cant believe it, but I have to leave. You all mean everything to me and I will never forget you. If Lilystar ever does come back..." he looked at the ground sadly. "Tell her I love her more than anything." Goldenstripe looked at the fern tunnel that led out of the camp with sadness. He looked back at his clan one last time then padded out, never to return again... ~Goldenstripe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know I'm rare to see on here anymore, but I still rp. :D jut wanted to let you guys know!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks but i hav to go il think about it when i get back on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So busy...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starsky brought Puddlepaw into camp. Puddlepaw was limping. Starsky looked for a medicine cat. (Spiritnight, if your reading this, turn out our kits were already made apprentices. When I get back to our place, Ill call them by their apprentice names.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wont be on much because of school starting. I will rp but not as much. I wont have time until about September 8th. Good bye Goldenstripe. -Skystep Willowpaw Blazepaw and Birdfeather
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guys, we have to stay strong, and we will! I have an idea. Why dont all of us, the hirseclan members that r here right now, the originals, co lead? I think that way we will have more ideas and if one of us leavrs, we will still have everyone else
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is th nursery?