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Her pony's accident provides Cassie with an introduction to show horses.


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Her pony's accident provides Cassie with an introduction to show horses.

30 review for The Monday Horses

  1. 4 out of 5

    K.L.

    Probably a 3.5, the characters weren't bad (though MC could have been better drawn) Interesting to read an older *pony* book that deals with a degree of reality regarding doping and drug use in the professional horsey world. More a lesson on the subject than a true story in my opinion. Still, enjoyable!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Missie

    40+ years on, and kids are still showing ponies and hunters. The courses are different, more like jumper courses than the realistic hunter fences of my hunter years, but even though most show 'hunters' of today never actually hunt, at least not in the US, where this story is set, they are still being shown for the Maclay and other prizes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy Raby

    I read this in one sitting. It's one of my favorite horse books (I read it as a young girl too). This is the story of a girl who is riding her horse on a bridle path when it steps on a glass bottle and severely cuts its leg. She runs to the nearest stable for help, and it turns out to be a super fancy hunter/jumper stable. Her horse boards there for a while, out of necessity while its leg heals, and she gets her first look at the world of competitive show jumping. She ends up working at the I read this in one sitting. It's one of my favorite horse books (I read it as a young girl too). This is the story of a girl who is riding her horse on a bridle path when it steps on a glass bottle and severely cuts its leg. She runs to the nearest stable for help, and it turns out to be a super fancy hunter/jumper stable. Her horse boards there for a while, out of necessity while its leg heals, and she gets her first look at the world of competitive show jumping. She ends up working at the stable to cover the cost of her horse's board, first helping out with routine tasks and eventually riding and showing some of the junior horses. Here she discovers both the joys and the heartbreak of working in this rarefied corner of the horse world, where extremely valuable horses changed hands frequently and every new horse van that drives up is like Christmas morning. She sees the ugly side of the business -- indifferent, snobby owners; a family who sold their daughter's beloved pony because it wasn't winning enough and bought a new pony so hot the girl can't ride it; a horse who dies suddenly of pneumonia brought on by the use of performance-enhancing drugs. But she also sees the good side, as she finds herself riding top-notch show ponies for owners who are unable or unwilling to ride them themselves. It's called "The Monday Horses" because on Mondays the stable is closed, and the trainers and grooms have the horses all to themselves for vetting and other tasks, and there are no owners to deal with. This book is about the beauty and the heartbreak of being in horses, the good side and the bad side, and the fact that for all its negatives, people who truly love horses just can't stay away. You never know what treasures the next horse van will bring.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anna Smith

    Ugh, Doty's books are like little pieces of horse heaven. I wish there were more of them! I'm a realist when it comes to horses, hardened I guess by the death of my own pony to colic when I was 14, 2 months after I bought him and the story of my mom's show hunter that broke its leg the night after it was sold to a new owner for a large price. I can't stand the horse books that ignore the darker side of the horse world. The Monday Horses is perfect. It chronicles the story of a girl whose pony is Ugh, Doty's books are like little pieces of horse heaven. I wish there were more of them! I'm a realist when it comes to horses, hardened I guess by the death of my own pony to colic when I was 14, 2 months after I bought him and the story of my mom's show hunter that broke its leg the night after it was sold to a new owner for a large price. I can't stand the horse books that ignore the darker side of the horse world. The Monday Horses is perfect. It chronicles the story of a girl whose pony is injured on a trail and she has to keep it at a show barn until he heals. There, she learns the ins and outs of the a-rated show world. She rides the fancy but hard to manage ponies for the rich owners who's kids want nothing to do with the horses. Eventually she learns the underside of horse showing, where horses die from drugs and horses are shown with heavy doses of Bute to mask pain. I'm glad it had a happy ending, I'm not to cynical to appreciate those. There are incredibly rewarding sides to the horse world, otherwise, I wouldn't be in it, but it's nice to find a book that doesn't ignore the problems.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tania

    Jean Slaughter Doty brings the world of junior horse show jumping to life in this beautifully written and compelling book. I've loved it since I was about 10, and I love it still. I've read it countless times as a child and as an adult. Doty writes Cassie as someone we can relate to, someone who makes sense in a world that doesn't. The adults that surround her are sufficiently mapped out as well. And the world of horses that Doty introduces to her audience is all too real and as seductive as she Jean Slaughter Doty brings the world of junior horse show jumping to life in this beautifully written and compelling book. I've loved it since I was about 10, and I love it still. I've read it countless times as a child and as an adult. Doty writes Cassie as someone we can relate to, someone who makes sense in a world that doesn't. The adults that surround her are sufficiently mapped out as well. And the world of horses that Doty introduces to her audience is all too real and as seductive as she makes it out to be. As a horse book, this is incredible. As a coming-of-age book, it is equally as powerful.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    This book is definitely a product of its time, but very cool in that it looks at the commodification of children's dreams in such a way so as to have those dreams triumph over the adults who would ruin them. I read this book obsessively as a kid and can still remember vividly the characters and storylines to this day.

  7. 4 out of 5

    S

    I checked this book out from the library because it was about horses, but little did I know how much I would learn between those pages. It was a world I had never been a part of, where horses are more than just a ride through the woods or around an arena.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I loved this book as a teenager, rereading it was not as fun but still a worthwhile book to have on my shelves.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rei Fletcher

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynette

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gerrie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tess Avelland

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  18. 4 out of 5

    MARGARET H

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tia

  20. 4 out of 5

    Logan Wodzinski

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jody Snow

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kali Anderson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cson Johnson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Lockman

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Peterson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

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