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The Trouble with Being a Horse

The Trouble with Being a Horse

by Emily Edwards; Single Stride Publishing, 2010. Paperback, 175pp. RRP $US12.95; $CAD13.95. For ages 9 and up. ISBN: 978-0-9866715-0-0.

March 17, 2011

Being a horse has to be a lot easier than being a person, right? No homework, annoying parents, troublesome siblings, and, best of all, no school!

So what if a person suddenly found themselves in the hooves of a horse, so to speak? How would they act? Would being a horse be harder or easier if you knew what the rider wanted?

That's just what happens to young Olivia. After a fall from a horse, the desperately keen 11-year-old horsewoman finds herself with four legs instead of two, and finds out about life on the other side of the saddle.

Olivia puts the knowledge she's picked up about horses to work as she tries to figure out what is required of her.

It's certainly a unique angle on the well-proven 'girl-and-horse' topic, and as well as being fun and entertaining, it does offer food for thought.

It may also help the younger reader - and those not so young - think a little more about what they are asking their horse or pony to do, how they are asking, and why.



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