Everyone at Horseland ranch is getting ready for a trail ride and campout. But when Will inspects Chloe and Zoey's saddlebags, he finds hair dryers and MP3 players instead of camping equipment. To make matters worse, the girls can't believe that they have chores to do on this trip! Chloe and Zoey shirk their duties and don't put out the campfire completely. When a forest fire breaks out because of their carelessness, the girls learn a valuable lesson about responsibility!
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Horseland #3: Trail Ride Terror
Horseland is a wonderful sprawling ranch located in the middle of beautiful countryside. With a large stable, a tackroom, and best of all, an arena for training, Horseland is the greatest place around to board, groom, and show a horse. It's also the ideal spot for making lasting friendships. But high above the expansive ranch of Horseland, a section of the nearby forest shows signs of terrible destruction. Charred branches litter the ground near the small lake, and the smell of smoke still hangs in the air—reminders of recent events. Three of Horseland's animal residents, Shep, Teeny, and Angora, walk through the area, surveying the damage.
"Eww! What a mess!" exclaims Teeny. The potbellied pig doesn't like anything messy or dirty.
Shep wrinkles his nose at the burnt smell in the air. "Who knew humans could do so much damage in one night?" he asks. The Australian shepherd herding dog often gives humans the benefit of the doubt, but seeing the destruction firsthand is shocking.
"Yeah, but they're our humans, remember?" Teeny points out. "Give them a break. Accidents happen."
"Hmph!" says Angora the cat. "Ever notice that when responsible humans are careful, there aren't nearly so many accidents?"
Shep gives her a puzzled look. "How would you know anything about responsibility?" he asks. "All you're responsible for is sleeping, eating, and grooming."
"Stop it!" Teeny says suddenly, fed up with Shep and Angora constantly arguing. "The most important thing is that our humans got home safe," she reminded them. "Don't you see that?"
Shep and Angora exchange looks. Teeny isn't often the logical one among them.
"I guess so," Shep admits.
"For once, I agree," says Angora.
Teeny smiles. "Thank you," she says, happy she made her point.
"Shep," says Angora, turning to the dog. "You're just lucky you didn't go along like you wanted to."
"I wish I had. Then I could have helped," Shep replies with a heavy sigh. "I remember the morning they left. . . ."Horseland #3: Trail Ride Terror. Copyright © by Annie Auerbach. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.