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post #11 of 15 Old 12-18-2011, 04:43 PM
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I still like Black Beauty. And there was another one, The Blind Pony, that I loved when I was younger. And the Flicka books.

Someone gave me one of the Chicken Soup horse books and I thought it was depressing. It seemed like most of the stories were tragic. And I can read about death and all, but when it seems like most of the stories are depressing it kind of sucks. But I was going through a bad time in my life then too, so maybe that slanted my view.
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I just want to mention that many of these books are written by non horseowners and are works of fiction. THEY ARE NOT TRAINING MANUALS. That being said, my favorite book is The Faraway Horses by Buck Brannaman. I also enjoyed The Man Who Listens To Horses by Monty Roberts (although there are members of his family that consider it a work of fiction also). I'm not into horse fiction too much because most of it is pretty inaccurate but I enjoyed The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans but as was mentioned before it's more of a love story than a horse story maybe that's why I like it.
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I just want to mention that many of these books are written by non horseowners and are works of fiction. THEY ARE NOT TRAINING MANUALS. That being said, my favorite book is The Faraway Horses by Buck Brannaman. I also enjoyed The Man Who Listens To Horses by Monty Roberts (although there are members of his family that consider it a work of fiction also). I'm not into horse fiction too much because most of it is pretty inaccurate but I enjoyed The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans but as was mentioned before it's more of a love story than a horse story maybe that's why I like it.
Hi Kevin just want to say in the defense of Lucy Rees that she is a horse owner and trainer.

Having said that, Wild Pony is a work of fiction and like The Horse Whisperer is more than just a horse story, which I think is why I like it so much. This book is more a coming of age story, the pony more a catalyst for change and just one aspect of this multifaceted book. The author very smartly, I think, skips over the training of the pony; it is alluded to but never goes into specifics. As you said this book is a story, not a how to training book and a story is how Lucy Rees writes it.

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I was thinking more along the lines of Black Beauty and the Black Stallion series. I've not read the Heartland books obviously but I have seen the show and it is replete with errors that could get someone hurt if they believed them.

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I thought we were talking about fiction. Obviously Black Beauty is not a good training manual. Although that might explain why I am having problems with my colt. (And actually I think Black Beauty, if I'm not mistaken, was written for adults to bring notice to the plight of cab horses back in the day when horses were used for such.)

Oh, and I also love Summer of the Stallion and Winter of the Owl. And Gypsy from Nowhere.

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