Stealing the Prize (Wildwood Stables, #5)

Suzanne Weyn

Note: I purchased a second-hand copy of the paperback edition of this book at a local used book store.

SYNOPSIS: Taylor Henry is thrilled to finally be in a real equestrian competition. But she's also nervous, and she doesn't want any distractions—like rich, bratty Plum Mason, who has insisted on entering with her horse, too. Taylor loves a challenge, but does Plum have a plan to steal the show?

My thoughts: This book was ok, and enjoyable, but definitely was not one of my favourite books of all time.

One of the things that really bugged me about this story was the lack of horse knowledge that the main character, Taylor, seems to have about riding. I understand that she's a natural in the saddle, but it would be nice to see her receiving some lessons or instruction, instead of just a bunch of girls riding whenever they want and not really learning how to do it properly.

I also felt that a lot of the dialogue in this book was forced, and did not flow naturally the way teenage conversation would.

I also think that parts of this book might give children the wrong ideas about riding - under no circumstances should you EVER borrow, ride or use someone else's horse without permission from the owner, and without supervision from an adult. A strange horse may react differently and may result in a dangerous situation. Also, when working with horses in new situations, you should always have an adult with you, in case someone gets injured. Many parts of this book demonstrated unsafe horse practices, and I would hate for a child to get the wrong idea.

Anyways, some of the horse scenes were very realistic, and the story had enough excitement to keep my attention. I give this book 3/5 stars overall.

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