The Horsemasters

The Horsemasters Eight minutes after leaping out of bed Dinah raced into the brick paved stable yard which was still glistening wet from the dew She could hear them stamping and pawing restlessly as they awakened Sh

  • Title: The Horsemasters
  • Author: Don Stanford
  • ISBN: 9780856860218
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eight minutes after leaping out of bed, Dinah raced into the brick paved stable yard, which was still glistening wet from the dew She could hear them stamping and pawing restlessly as they awakened She could smell them, too and she drew in the deepest breath she could hold, filling her nostrils with the wonderful, exhilarating stable smell of sweet hay and ammonia and wEight minutes after leaping out of bed, Dinah raced into the brick paved stable yard, which was still glistening wet from the dew She could hear them stamping and pawing restlessly as they awakened She could smell them, too and she drew in the deepest breath she could hold, filling her nostrils with the wonderful, exhilarating stable smell of sweet hay and ammonia and warm, strong life horses

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    • Mackay says:

      This book changed my life. This book was THE book all the while I was growing up. I read it over and over and over. I even suffered through the movie Walt Disney made of it, starring Annette Funicello, which like most Disney things, changed key elements and plot and .The Horsemasters is a fictional account of one American girl's experience in the Horsemasters' Course at what Stanford called the Owen-Allerford Riding School in Britain. But the author dedicated it to the masters and students at th [...]

    • Michele says:

      The ultimate book for any eleven-year-old with a horse crush. Based on the experience of the Horsemasters Course at Porlock Vale Riding School, the young women deal with everything from mucking out and picking hooves to cross-country and learning to be riding instructors. Excellent characters, a great story, and of course all the horses :)

    • Kymm Zuckert says:

      Re-read. A splendid, splendid book, I think I discovered it when I was living in London after college, and I read it a million times, but this is the first time in years and years. Love it the most.

    • Deborah Ideiosepius says:

      I like reading kid's books written in the 1950's or thereabouts I liked the innocence of them; small trials, childhood big deals that wash away to nothing. Some of the historical ones I have always thought very interesting and by now, society has changed so much that even the ones written as contemporary in the 50's read like historical novels.Imagine researching veterinary practice with no Internet!I had not come across this one before and it was a light pleasant story about quite likeable char [...]

    • Mary says:

      Favorite book of my childhood

    • Lois says:

      I first read this in junior high or high school and it's still a wonderful read for anyone who likes horses. My copy is so tattered it barely holds together - kind of like the hay wisps the girls tried to make in the story. There is an interesting description of the 1950s life as a Working Pupil at a British riding school at toteachthebeautyofhorsess .

    • Kim Kaso says:

      Oh, how I loved this book. And my best friend and I were lucky enough to learn to ride, had access to horses, learned to take care of them and our tack. Spent hours upon hours out riding the countryside around our homes, magical times never to be forgotten. Summer days, autumn days, the first rides of spring, rides when our feet went numb from the cold and dismounting was torture blessed.

    • Robin Winter says:

      Beautifully balanced narrative, positive and informative, an excellent read for young horse lovers.

    • Marie says:

      Another visit to my youth. This was as fantastic as I remember it. I had to get it though inter-library loan because it is out of print. I will be keeping my eyes open for my own copy at used book shops in the future.

    • Gina says:

      A great book for horse lovers, the setting of this story is a famous riding school in Devon, England. A group of young riders from different countries become friends as they work to complete a difficult riding course. Disney made a movie based on the book starring Annette Funicello.

    • MaryEllen Elizabeth Hart says:

      A classic children's book written by Don Stanford portraying young men and women working toward their "Horsemaster's degree". Don Stanford is a master of writing dialog and detailed descriptions of thoughts, emotions, spoken words, and actions of equestrian youth. I am impressed with his style and ability to captivate my attention and emotional anticipation with every chapter. I recommend this book to be made into a movie. Disney should remake their 1960s version of this book. It should be on th [...]

    • Joyce Brown says:

      Good luck finding a copy - it's by Don Stanford, not the 'other' Horsemasters book. Such a great story about a girl in an equestrian summer camp. Too bad it's out of print.

    • Barbara says:

      diff ed

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