The Bottom Line
- Story moves along.
- Realistic dialogue
- An easy, fun read
- Unrealistic training of the horse.
- Horses of Half Moon Ranch - Rodeo Rocky
- By Jenny Oldfield
- Soft Cover
- 148 pages, illustrated with line drawings.
- Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
- ISBN 10:1-4022-1328-X
Guide Review - Book Review - Rodeo Rocky
The author does a great job of building the suspense and describing the countryside. It made me want to visit this corner of our earth. Jenny Oldfield did a nice job of describing ranch life. She also doesn't candy coat rodeo competitions.
My concern with this book is that the training method and time it takes to train Rodeo Rocky are so very unrealistic. This is pretty common in a lot of horse fiction. I hope that young readers will not believe that it is advisable to take a stallion from the wild and use it on a dude string with only a few weeks training.
I also disliked that the horse was attacked by a coyote. Coyotes can be a threat to chickens and sheep, but they’re no match for a horse. Replace the word 'coyote' with 'cougar', and the scene would be more believable.
Enjoy this book for the adventure. There may be a few parts of the book that gloss over reality, but there's no doubt that what happens is the sort of thing any young horse lover wishes were possible!