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. Volume XIV Number 15 . . . .March 21, 2008
JB Andrew: Mustang Magic, the third book in the "True Horse Stories" series, is the saga of a wild mustang that was born free in the mountainous scrublands of Nevada but rose to be a prince in the dressage ring. After living a life free from any human contact, the yearling was captured by the Bureau of Land Management separated from his mother and the rest of the herd, never to roam free again.
The colt Andy, as he was named by the prison inmates was sent to the Colorado State Prison in Canon City to take part in an innovative program called WHIP (Wild Horse Inmate Program) in which inmates, while learning new career skills, had the job of breaking and training the young horses, readying them for adoption. After just a month of breaking, the young colt was sold to Ginger Scott, a horsewoman of native heritage. She was thrilled to be able to purchase a horse from this program, and, for her, a mustang was the perfect choice. She never dreamed he would turn out to be one of the best and most famous nationally recognized ambassadors for mustang adoptions.
This is a gripping story, full of tension and real life descriptions of the horse renamed JB (Jailbird) Andrews and the people who cared for and trained him. The gawky and tall young horse was trained for the elite sport of dressage. He rose through the ranks, surprising all who saw him. I learned so much about a sport that, until reading this book, I had never heard of. The descriptions of his training exercises and competitions were interesting, and I imagine young horse lovers would be enthralled. JB was the only wild mustang to ever achieve fame and success in this sport.
Lizanne Eastwood is a Community Literacy Coordinator with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, a casual library employee and a home schooling parent of two active teenagers in Grand Forks, BC.
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