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Blog Posts by Subject: Horsemanship

Booktalking "Best Enemies" by Jessica Burkhart

Charm and Sasha are a team, a team that might become a part of the Youth Equestrian National Team (YENT), if Sasha can help Charm conquer his hydrophobia so that they can succeed in the cross-country portion of the eventing trial that they will enter. Dressage, cross-country, and show jumping comprise the sport of equestrian eventing. I do not know if I would try it, but the girls and boys of Canterwood Crest excel at horsemanship.Read More ›

Booktalking "Gee Whiz" by Jane Smiley

Gee Whiz is a grey off-the-track Thoroughbred. He enjoys racing with Blue, and Abby Lovitt is intrigued by him.Read More ›

Booktalking "Pie in the Sky" by Jane Smiley

Free jumping horses so that horses see work as a fun game. Teaching a horse to trailer by spoiling a veteran who gets carrots and oats for walking onto the trailer quietly. Dealing with True Blue's fear of the fences and Pie in the Sky's pride. It's a day in the life of ninth grader Abby Lovitt, whose family owns Oak Valley Ranch, a training facility in the 1960s.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Year at the Races" by Jane Smiley

Some horses are driven and ambitious just as some people are so focused and determined to achieve success. For example, Secretariat displayed those qualities. They are interested in their work and they try to improve for themselves, not simply for the trainer's approval. They are less distractible. Horses have different athletic inclinations and preferences for certain kinds of work (e.g., trail riding, eventing, dressage, barrel racing, etc.)Read More ›

Booktalking "The Horses in My Life" by Monty Roberts

Monty Roberts was riding horses at a walk, trot, and canter as a 3-year-old boy. He vaguely remembers people saying, "He's only three, and look at him ride!"Read More ›

Booktalking "Samphire Song" by Jill Hucklesby

Visions of rides with her father keep flashing into 14-year-old Jodie’s brain. It’s hard to envision a future without him. That, and the frightening panic attacks that she avoids telling anybody about. Hopefully, no one will notice any difference in her behavior.Read More ›

Booktalking "Rein It In: An A Circuit Novel" by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka

A Circuit—one of the most competitive horse show circuits available. Teenagers who are both horse crazy and relationship crazy, sneaking quick kisses and dating in between all of the preparation for horse shows and competition. Read More ›

Booktalking "Fritz and the Beautiful Horses" by Jan Brett

Fritz is a cute, adorable Shetland pony surrounded by elegant jumpers and military and parade horses. He feels a little bit dwarfed. He feels a little bit inadequate. Read More ›

Booktalking "Astra" by Chris Platt

Astra is an Arabian mare whom 13-year-old Lily is in love with. Only problem is that this mare was involved in the accident that caused her mother's death. Lily's father says no riding, and he is particularly wary of Astra. Luckily, though, he allows her to volunteer at neighboring Whispering Pines Ranch, where Astra lives, along with the other endurance racers. Lily finds it quite exciting to feed the horses and await their return from their long workouts.Read More ›

Booktalking "Will You, Won't You?" by Jessie Haas

Mad is not exactly thrilled to be spending the summer learning how to dance Ceilidhs (pronounced kay-lees) in the Scottish style. However, to her surprise, she finds that dancing is just like riding, in terms of the movement. She loves the geometry of the group dance, and she feels as though she is flying.

The girl imagined that trail-riding with Cloud would be dreamy 

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Booktalking "Off Like the Wind" by Michael Spradlin

Three businessmen, William Russell, Alexander Majors and William Waddell came up with the idea of using horses and riders to transport mail from Missouri to California to expedite communication between the eastern and western states. This was particularly important since the Civil War was approaching. Also, people were able to get news from their families in several days instead of months or years.

In 1860, the Pony Express was born, and it ran until 1861. In the spring of 1861, Lincoln's inaugural address traveled from Missouri to California in record time: 7 days 

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Booktalking "Wild Horse Scientists" by Kay Frydenborg

Horse reproduction! I never thought that I would learn so much about this subject by reading a book about wild horse scientists, but I guess that it makes sense. After all, managing the numbers of wild horses on islands, especially publicly protected land in which predators are few and far between, is a challenge.

And what to do with the excess 

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Booktalking "Bug Boy" by Eric Luper

15-year-old exercise rider Jack Walsh hopes and dreams that someone will promote him to "bug boy," a.k.a. apprentice jockey. However, in no way, shape or form did he aspire to take advantage of the misfortune of Showboat, the leading jockey at his barn. 116 pounds is much too heavy for a jockey; ten pounds to lose in two days. Endless frantic running, eating and drinking little of anything, wrapping oneself in a heavy blanket in the middle of summer, and vomiting up anything that will come up. One hopes that his fate does not mirror Showboat's.

The 

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Booktalking "Horses" by Jill Greenberg

I love horses, and Jill Greenberg makes them look like works of art. The horses in her photographs look so majestic that they do not look real. She has some spectacular photographs of equines, and she masterfully uses light to accentuate the horses. The horse on the cover looks almost fluorescent.

Greenberg also photographs distinct body parts of the equines. For example, you can see the muscle rippling on the horses' 

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Booktalking "Spirit Horses" by Tony Stromberg

Breathtaking. That is the first word that comes to mind when flipping through the spectacular visual art in this book. The dark cover photo of a relaxed, beautiful flaxen chestnut horse sets the tone for this set of pictorial works.

Many of Stromberg's photos have dark colors and depict wild horses running free across the countryside. They are vivid depictions of 

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Horse Special Libraries and Museums

This blog post was actually spawned from a visit to Devon Saddlery near Washington, D.C. I saw a poster there for a horse event, which included information on the National Sporting Library. I then became curious as to what other horse libraries were out there.

I visited the Kentucky Horse Park as a teenager when I was competing in the National Horse Bowl Competition in Lexington, KY. Horse Bowl is a jeopardy-like contest in which contestants are on two teams of four individuals. The competition consists of team and individual 

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Horse Professional Associations and Journals

Like always, I am horse crazy as ever, so I definitely wanted to see which professional associations and journals are out there to aid horse professionals. When I was a librarian at a corporate library, part of my job was to dig up medical professional journals. I found an association for recruiters in health care for my supervisor that she did not know about. I became aware that there is a professional association for everything, and I sometimes refer patrons to professional associations.

Once at the library, I had a parent inquire about education for her child, and 

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Booktalking "A Horse for Mandy" by Lurlene McDaniel

A Horse for Mandy by Lurlene McDaniel, 1981

Best friends forever, frenemies, or worse, nothing at all. Laura and Mandy used to be tight, real tight. All of that changed when Mandy got a horse for her 13th birthday, a lifelong dream. Suddenly, there was tension. Laura trained her Tennessee Walker, Diablo, for the show circuit that summer... but alone, not with Mandy as usual. Mandy spent all of 

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Booktalking "Firehorse" by Diane L. Wilson

Firehorse by Diane L. Wilson, 2010

Imagine a world where horses pull fire engines, hoses and firemen, galloping to fight fires and save lives. Imagine a place where "ready-made" clothes are the talk of the town, and women gasp at the prices, where dalmatians nip at the heels of horses to make way for the fire horses, where a working "woman writer" at the Bostonian newspaper Argus is 

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War Horse

Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse has been a London stage play for four years running and has now come to Broadway. The Spielberg film version is slated to be released December 28, 2011.

The story takes place during World War I and describes the horrific conditions and loss of life, both human and animal, that took 

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