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See all 4 questions about A Good Horse…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 31, Abbi added it. I really enjoyed reading this book. I previously read The Georges and the Jewels, which is the first book in this series. I loved how the author depicts the horses. She makes them realistic. Many other authors will make horse either good or bad. Horses aren't like that. They have good days and bad days just like people do. I also love how she sets the book back around the ss. I haven't learned much about this time period and reading this book was a good start.

I will definitely be finis I really enjoyed reading this book. I will definitely be finishing the series.


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Smiley really knows her horses! I sang it as I read. Love this book,. Jul 18, Judy rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult. Part of me wants to be 10 or 11 again, so I could bury myself in these books as much as I did the Timber Trail Riders books at that age. But I'm not. I'm That said, I've truly enjoyed the first two books of this series for reminding me of the young girl I was.

And hey I never get tired of horse books. Fun and sweet. Horse facts and training details were correct. Loved the story. Jul 02, Adrienne Pettinelli added it. I listened to this one, and at first I thought I wasn't going to like it, but it really grew on me. I enjoyed the window into a world I know very little about, on a few levels. Jun 06, Camille rated it it was amazing Shelves: , horse-story.

Sep 05, Parker Burton rated it it was amazing. I loved this book because it continued the story of Abby's life with school, friends, family, the ranch, customers and most importantly the horses. Jun 24, Meaghan rated it liked it. Reading in between my other books. Please excuse me while I rant about horse stuff that will be nonsense to most of you. WHY are there cross country jumps in a showjumping course, HOW could a freaking eighth grader clear 4 feet without regular training, also, why in the world would she jump cross cou Reading in between my other books.


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Does she WANT to be impaled on a fence? Why would she only wear a helmet when she went to shows? Does she WANT a brain injury? The cover copy of the UK versions of these is somewhat misleading. There's technical horsey stuff too, complete with diagrams of jump configurations , and because it's Smiley we get some kind of intense Protestant religious background with promises of The cover copy of the UK versions of these is somewhat misleading.

There's technical horsey stuff too, complete with diagrams of jump configurations , and because it's Smiley we get some kind of intense Protestant religious background with promises of intolerance explosions to come the Goldmans, anyone? Oh and they're set in the 60s, when the author herself would have been around the same age.

Feb 01, Tayler rated it it was amazing. The book is about a girl named Abby. She owns a ranch and lives with her mom and dad. She has a jumping horse named Black Gorge which she jumps on. Her father has been getting mail from someone who is trying to find a missing horse. He thinks one of the horses they bought is that horse. A connection I have with the character is that we both love horses. Abby reminds me of one of my friends because she tries to get her school work done right away. I have had an experience of when i forgot where t The book is about a girl named Abby.

I have had an experience of when i forgot where to go and my friend just and me fallow her just like when Abby forgot here to go and Black Gorge knew. Sep 30, Mackenzie rated it liked it. This book was okay. It was intended to be about Abby trying not to lose Jack, but the book kind of wandered on about random stuff that didn't really match the plot. I did like how it ended, but I also don't think anyone can just know when they're being conned. Don't get me wrong, you can have a feeling, but you won't immediately know.

Anyway, I don't think it was the best book ever, but it was okay. Sep 16, Ayda Queen of chickens rated it it was ok Shelves: things-gave-up-on. I actually did not finish this book and it was not good.

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Jan 17, Eden rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult. For a middle school or upper elementary age student who loves horses, with a little bit of mystery thrown in, this is a good series. Abby is an 8th grader in this book. She has overcome bullying book 1 and is growing into a better sense of herself as a separate individual from her parents and friends. What is well done here is the degree to which Abby's father actively listens to his wife and daughter.

There is much love and concern for each family member in this book. No sex, no drugs, only a mystery built around theft of a horse, and the normal issues that beset a girl in 8th grade. The scene where she and her mother try lox and bagels for the first time made me chuckle. Oct 23, Holly Viken rated it it was amazing. October book report A good horse Jane Smiley The book A good horse is about a young girl named Abby Lovitt, and she is about to start the eighth grade.

Abby lives with her very strict parents on their 26 acre horse ranch in California. The Lovitt families business consists of buying horses at low prices, getting them healthy and in beautiful condition, training them to jump and race, and then selling them for money. That was until Abby couldn't help herself with a very special horse that she came encounter with, the horse is know as Black George. Black George is beautiful and a gifted jumper.

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He hurdles over jumps with ease and enthusiasm, and Black George loves doing it also. With more high end jumpers, That's when Abby and Black George discover some real competition. Abby's father comes into contact with a wealthy horse buyer and is willing to pay top dollar for Black George. Abby loves riding him and will be sad to see him sold, but she understands. Abbys parents told her to think of it as she knows that training him to his full potential will make him even better. His mom, Brown Jewel, died from colic not long after giving birth to Jack.

Since then, Abby has taken over the duty of caring and the training of Jack. A little after that a letter arrives from a private investigator who is working for a rich Texas rancher. If Brown Jewel is proven to be the stolen mare, the owners are going to want to take her bestfriend back to Texas. The theme of the book that stands out to me most would be to try your hardest at anything you do in life. Abby is a determined and hardworking girl with compassion and a big heart.

Abby had to face some huge obstacles throughout the story, including a crippling fear. A crippling Fear is something that most riders come encounter with at some point of getting hurt on or off your horse. Abby knew that if she wanted to continue to ride that she would have to get over her fear of getting hurt and she eventually did.

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Abby is a very brave and compassionate girl who had many troubles come her way and also had many fearful times, but that didn't make her stop loving and caring for all of the horses who were once hurt or who were most likely going to be sold. Abby made the story not just about the amount of horses being sold or found, she made the story about her love towards the horses.

Jul 10, Christine rated it liked it Shelves: christian , , middle-grade , horses. This is a challenging review to write because my thoughts are all over the place. I mean the author is a Pulitzer Prize winner. Not having read the first book in the This is a challenging review to write because my thoughts are all over the place.

Not having read the first book in the series, and no mention of it on the back copy, I was seriously caught off guard. I continued reading suspiciously, not sure whether which way the author was going with this aspect genuine or mocking. Foul Language: Technically, there was one instance: arse. But the guy who said it was British, and he was not cussing.

Ok, so the book is shelved on the Middle Grade shelf, but the writing seems too sophisticated for 12 year olds. There is not a lot of action. The conflict is internal. And the beauty of the story is subtle. I enjoyed it, but sometimes I act Its intended audience is definitely not everyone. I have to say again the horse stuff was top notch. All of it. By the end of the book I determined that the author was not as knowledgeable about the faith piece. I appreciated seeing the MC struggle with her faith. That is not how my faith works, and it is not how my God speaks to me.

The pace is a bit slow and, like I said, the brilliance is subtle. It took me a while to finish this book, simply because I kept putting it down and doing something else. Apr 04, Jane Debano rated it it was amazing. Loved this book. It's a sequel to "The Georges and the Jewels" and continues the story of Abby Lovitt who lives on a horse ranch in California in the 's. She is now 13 and in 8th grade and continues her barn chores as well as daily riding the horses.

She's decided to name one of the geldings Black George and he turns out to be a natural jumper. Her parents have decided to ask Jem Jarrow, a man who works with horses in a gentler, more intuitive way, to give her lessons. You might say Jarrow h Loved this book. You might say Jarrow has even gentled her father! Jarrow tells Abby that horses are naturally curious and you can use that curiousity to get them to do the things you want them to do. She and her father take Black George to a big stable on the coast where they get extra training and encouragement.

Black George gets entered in some jumping events and Abby has to deal with her own fear of the magic number, 4 ft. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the little colt born on the ranch gets bigger and stronger and Jem advises Abby to put him in with the Geldings, the Georges in order to teach him some manners. They receive a letter from an investigative agency who is searching for 4 mares who were in foal and stolen. The thieves abandoned them and it's thought Jack's dam may have been one of those mares.

She died shortly after Jack's birth and is buried on the ranch. Unfortunately, she was brown with no special markings, so without a record of her lip tattoo, there is no way to prove she was or was not the thoroughbred dam of Jack. She was a valuable broodmare, covered by the famous stallion Jaipur, so her foal would be expensive. How the story works out is a charming example of Jane Smiley's great use of plot, character and plce. Shelves: this-is-not-writing , stolen-from-my-sister , i-own-a-copy , bla-bla-bla.

My sister keeps pointing out things that are wrong with this book. I picked it up just for fun, and believe me, she was right. In my sister's words: First of all, the author jumps right into stuff. There's another horse series? I thought this was a stand alone! Second, since when do teenage girls not care about anything?

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The closest to real emotions I saw was "It was fun. She keeps on mentioning her dad selling the ponies and not at all feeling sorry f My sister keeps pointing out things that are wrong with this book. She keeps on mentioning her dad selling the ponies and not at all feeling sorry for them like once she said, "Dad expected to get a lot of money for him [the pony], maybe five or six thousand dollars. She never mentions anything like I'll miss her Well, the author made no clear setting or plot.

They only mentioned an arena, but I can't picture it at all because they gave no clues about what it looks like. If you want a book that feels like it's made of recycled cardboard with practically no way of telling who the narrator is besides from the cover, then this book is for you. Yes, my sister is just as snarky as me. But needless to say, this book ended up being doodle paper for me. Sep 01, Andee rated it it was ok. Abbey and her parents own many horses. They train, buy, and sell horses. His name is Jack. Jack is an amazing horse, he is so sweet and willing to learn.

Abbey is 13 years old. She has two main horses, Jack and Black George. The dad has Lester and Lincoln. He trail rides them. They live in an open 26 acre horse ranch, where the horses can roam. Abby and her dad train their horses. They live on a beautiful ranch Abbey and her parents own many horses. The research team examined 18 leisure horses and 16 sport horses ie, horses well used to show jumping in a free-choice situation when presented with various obstacles.

One choice sent the horses over an obstacle, whilst the other did not but was longer. And, unsurprisingly, the horses gradually chose to walk the distance rather than take the obstacle as the height increased. The animal rights lobby usually makes its feelings plain each year because the care is so high profile — and any fatalities make the case for the opposition. And from a horse jumping enjoyment viewpoint, it is remarkable how many fallers and those who have unseated their riders continue.

Where does all this leave us? Well, the jury is still out and more research would be welcome in this regard. However, it perhaps needs to be finessed in some way. But it is certainly clear from the test that horses are not averse to taking on obstacles on their own accord. They are individuals just like people. Somethings we like to do and somethings we would rather not do. If you spend as much time on the back of a horse as some of us do we actually can tell what a horse enjoys, and there is nothing better than sitting on a horse that would rather take you to a jump than go around it.

Yes of course some just love jumping and in a free jumping situation you need to stop the odd one from trying to jump all day:. Let them be. The issue with jumping that I think would make your horse not enjoy jumping is what your using for the obstacle. If your using a bit, spurs, crop, martingale, chain, or anything to cause the horse pain, he will not enjoy it.

But as horses love to run, I think they would enjoy jumping if there is no pain behind the motivation. Your email address will not be published.