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Horse Sense (Saddle Club(R)) Paperback – January 9, 2007
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- Close friends Lisa, Stevie, and Carole share a passion for horses. During the summer that Carole monitors the mare Delilah's pregnancy, Stevie is charged with inventing gymkhana events and Lisa decides to write formal rules for their saddle club. Their preoccupations cause separation pangs among the friends until Delilah's foaling proves that, acting as one, they are a winning team. The vet congratulates the girls for a successful delivery, but none of the standbys cuts the umbilical cord or accounts for the afterbirth. More plausible than Ann Sheldon's "Linda Craig" series (Archway), the "Saddle Club" still lacks originality. Steer readers to Dryden's Riding Home (Bantam, 1988), which adds stepsister conflict, or Hall's Ride a Dark Horse (Morrow, 1987), which blends horsemanship and mystery. --Patricia G. Harrington, Phoenix Public Library
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
Stevie Lake, Carole Hanson, and Lisa Atwood are the best of friends and charter members of the Saddle Club, bonded together by their love of horses. But now the Saddle Club is in trouble! Stevie has been picked by Max, the owner of Pine Hollow Stables, to plan some games for its upcoming horse show. And Carole is busy helping the vet care for Delilah, the mare who is soon to give birth to a foal sired by Cobalt, Carole's beloved stallion. Neither of them seems to have time for Lisa, who's been drawing up an elaborate constitution for the club, including rules for meeting attendance. Lisa is getting tired of being the only one at club meetings! Unless the threesome decides to stick together, there won't be any Saddle Club and no fun at Pine Hollow Stables. And isn't that what the Saddle Club is all about? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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i really cant rate this it is for my grand daughter and i don't think she has read it yet
Horse Sense follows the three members of The Saddle Club (Stevie, Carol and Lisa) whose individuality and quirkiness makes you instantly connect with them and able to empathize and relate to them, as they encounter innumerable situations within life. As a new member of the club Lisa feels left out as Carol and Stevie are so busy with important matters of their own, that they do not realize that their best friend is feeling neglected. This story instantly struck a cord for I recalled similar experiences during my own school years; a time in which you are so busy with homework, horses and family that those surrounding you can be somewhat aloof. I love the character of Lisa and so it was a real treat to be able to look at her from a more personal perspective and understand more about her & her family and life in general, whilst not detracting from the main central focus which is of course her friends group at the stables. I would say that `Horse sense' is in a way detailed and insightful character studies, letting the readers take a more vivid look at one of the three girls and so I would highly recommend that you read this in the series. The part that touched me most was the horse head safety pins that are `badges' for the group, and which I thought was delightful & charming and which showed Lisa's caring side.
Bonnie Bryant is a fantastic writer whose characters are just so memorable and distinctive, from the show-off, spoilt Veronica DiAngelo to Stevie, Lisa and Carol who spend their days at Pine Hollow Stables with their favorite horses Patch (then Lisa had Prancer), Belle (Stevie's horse) and Starlight (Carol's horse). In 2001 a television drama series was created due to the popularity of the series that sadly ended in 2003, and then was renewed for a third season with new actors due to the previous ones being too old. The aim of the saddle club is so as to share their united love of horses and horse riding, which is mutual in all respects including their hatred for wealthy Veronica. Their rivalry between them and Veronica is apparent throughout the series during training for competitions and various horse shows, as the Saddle Club typically triumphs over their adversities, whilst sending a clear message to readers about the importance of friendship, teamwork & unity and selflessness. If you love horses and are up to around 15 or 16 max, then this series is a must-read with `Horse Sense' as one of my favorites.
Do you want to join The Saddle Club?!
Lisa meets Estelle and thinks she'd be a great addition to the club, but Stevie and Carole are too busy with their individual projects and they keep forgetting the meetings that Lisa has scheduled. Lisa invites Estelle into the club without consulting her friends, and they don't seem too happy. It finally takes the birth of a foal to bring the three girls back together and restore the Saddle Club.
I've been a fan of THE SADDLE CLUB series for a very long time, and while HORSE SENSE isn't one of my favorites, I'm sure it will still appeal to horse-loving girls everywhere.
Reviewed by: Andie Z.