Sadie Navarro worries about her Navy father serving in Afghanistan. She turns to her love of horses to distract from her secret problems in her thirteenth year. Sadie commits to showing at the largest local horse shows and volunteering for therapeutic riding programs – both brand new to her. She looks forward to her new pursuits.
That is, until one of the therapeutic riding programs arranges for Sadie to assist wounded warriors. Now Sadie must face her deepest fears head on.
And then there’s the first horse show. Both the enormity of the event and her inexperienced horse rattle her. An unwelcome show ring rival makes matters even worse.
Sadie wants to make her father proud. She wants to help others. But where will she find the courage to overcome her fears?
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This is a new and different horse book! Believing In Horses recognizes today's youth want to be part of the solution to today's problems and celebrates this notion through its central character's involvement in saving horses. Using a blend of current technology with intrigue, suspense, and realistic life lessons, this book is a must read for the young and the young at heart.
Horse crazy Sadie moves for the sixth time to Bowie, Maryland, only to find out that her Navy dad is deploying to Afghanistan for a year. To ease the transition, Sadie's parents reward her with her dream of a lifetime, her own horse. “Lucky,” her beautiful tri-color pinto, quickly becomes her best friend and equine learning partner. Via the internet, Lucky and Sadie come across ten horses in a holding pen waiting to be sold at auction, and commit to saving them. Sadie's efforts include proposals to horse rescues, grass roots lobbying, a media appearance, school help, and various other efforts to accomplish her mission in a few short months. Along the way, Sadie meets both good and bad people, and experiences joy, fear, disappointment, self-doubt, lost horses, and a level of responsibility she has never known before.
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