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#1 kristin0713

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:12 PM

I read an adolescent novel about 25 years ago about a girl and a horse.  I only remember a few details of it, but I would love to be able to get it for my DD because I remember LOVING the book.  I believe that the girl found a wild horse, or she stole the horse because he was mistreated.  She hid him in the woods near an abandoned cabin or stable. She cared for him, they bonded, and she desperately wanted to keep him.  Her dad found out and was angry, and was planning to get rid of or sell him or maybe return him to the owner.  The night before he was going to get rid of him, she snuck out of her house to set the horse free.  The horse did not want to leave her and she had to throw her flashlight at him to make him run away.  The next day, she found out that her dad had changed his mind and was going to let her keep him.  I think the last line of the book said, "and maybe he will come back some day" ...or something.

 

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:48 PM

The Secret Horse by Marion Holland? 



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:56 PM

That has such a similar story line but I don't think it could be the same.  One of the reviews said this one has a happy ending, and in the one I am thinking of, it was not happy with the horse running off into the night and then finding out that the dad had changed his mind.  Thank you though!



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:09 PM

Not the book you're looking for, but several good, older YA books with girls and horses:

- The Little White Horse (Goudge)

- Circus Sequins (Friermood) -- out of print

- National Velvet (Bagnold)


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 08:56 AM

That has such a similar story line but I don't think it could be the same.  One of the reviews said this one has a happy ending, and in the one I am thinking of, it was not happy with the horse running off into the night and then finding out that the dad had changed his mind.  Thank you though!

I knew it was too easy!! lol 



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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:03 AM

A Horse for Kate ?



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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:03 AM

It honestly sounds like one of the AG Felicity books. Meet Felicity, maybe?


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:22 AM

A Horse for Kate is too recent.  The one I'm thinking of was from the 80's or 90's.  It's not Felicity, either.  Thanks so much for the suggestions!