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Horse Mad series reviews

Read all the reader reviews on the Horse Mad series on the Horse Crazy Girls website

Blog revies of the Horse Mad series

I find Ashleigh reminds me of myself, begging and begging for a Horse and trying to by one on the internet. She go's to a riding school and wants nothing more than to by her favourite pony there, but her parents say no and now she's looking furiously to find the right one online. She gets herself in trouble by buying a horse which her parents have to ring and explain. one day her parents tell her she can have a horse but that means moving and leaving her lifestyle behind. She moves to Shady Creek and thats were all the fun starts. She gets her horse, but is she what she wanted? This book is great for maybe under 13 and a fun read for horse lovers like me! Tayla

I know best series eva im up to the 7th book horse mad whispers im 31 and still loving the book. Iuse to have my own pony but he wasn't broken and we had to give him to my favorite riding and camp school the book let me escape from the big city and ride my pony Comet or Honey for hours! Go Horse Mad forever girls. Olivia

I love this book soooooo much it is really good I recommend it to anyone especially horse lovers. The first time I read it I couldn't put it down. I have read it again too because it was the best. It would have to be one of my favourite series because the other Horse Mad books are great too. The first one is very exciting, Ashleigh gets a horse of her own, a dream come true. I loved it. Lauren

The horsemad series is great to read because it is really good to read and it is really interestingand great for horse lovers. Maddy

Reviews - Totally Horse Mad

The front cover almost says it all – an eleven year old girl and her brown horse, their heads so close together, so obviously loving Horse reading in bedeach other. Ashleigh is in a dream on page one, dreaming about winning the Olympic horse event in her horse Princess. Her riding instructor tells her to wake up from la-la land and get back to reality - i.e. waiting for the start of the Under-twelve team barrel race. From there on the whole book is filled with Ashleigh's passion to own her own horse, not a dream horse like Princess, and to ride in shows – and win. I imagine and endless number of eleven-year-old girls have the same dreams – so they will love this story of fairly large, easy-to-read typography that will keep them entranced to the last page. It certainly took me back, vividly, to my own horse-obsessed growing-up years. Ashleigh and Honey, the horse she finally gets as her very own, go through endless episodes of excitement and disaster, winning and losing, among friends and enemies, as they work together towards Ashleigh's winning ambitions. A wonderful title – that is exactly what it is! Totally Horse Mad.

Reading Time Vol 48 No 1

When Ashleigh Miller moves with her parents to the country she's promised a horse. Ash is crazy for horses and has been saving to buy one for ages. So when her parents tell her she can't have one because it's too expensive to look after, she's really upset. Not only has she moved to a dump, she'd lost her best friend and her dream. But then Ash discovers a starving horse and her adventures begin. A cool story for horse lovers!

D-Mag, Issue 24, March 2004

There is only one thing Ashleigh Miller wants in her life: a horse of her own. And, one day, she will have one. First she needs a whole lot of money and a place to keep one. So, when Ashleigh's parents tell her she can get a horse, she thinks all her dreams have come true - until she realises that she has to move to the country.
Saying goodbye to her best friend, Jenna, is hard. Finding a horse is too. And making new friends could be the hardest part of all. Ashleigh has to overcome the constant lack of funds, the anger of some of her fellow students at the riding school, and the trouble she seems to attract like a magnet, before she can really enjoy having a horse of her own.

Totally Horse Mad is a great new title from Kathy Helidoniotis. Kids who like horses and horse stories will love this one.

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You won't be able to put it down.

The Land, 15.06.2006

Ashleigh is the biggest horse mad girl in the city. She goes to a riding school where she rides around on her best friend Princess. One day Ash's parents announce that they're moving to Shady Creek, a small country town where Ashleigh can have her very own horse and ride every day. But will she have to say goodbye to Princess forever?
Four stars

Girl Power Magazine BOOK OF THE MONTH! September 2006

Reviews - Horse Mad Summer

Horse Mad Summer
Horse Mad #2
Kathy Helidoniotis

I have to admit to being like Jenna in this novel, and not overly fussed on horses. However from talking to girls in the 8-12 age group, I realise I am in the minority.
This book will certainly appeal to those with a passion for horses. But even those who do not share this obsession will relate to the problems that arise in friendships.
Ashleigh is desperate for her city friend Jenna, to meet her new best friend Becky. But as often happens with a threesome, Becky and Jenna view each other as rivals. This aspect of the story took me back to my own childhood and a similar event at about the same age.

Tension builds between the girls. Ashleigh finds loyalty to one friend could well cost her friendship with the other. Any girl who's ever tried to get friends from different worlds together will relate to Ashleigh's experience of feeling 'like the ham in the sandwich'.
The behaviour of Carly and the Creepketeers who make Ashleigh's and Becky's time at Shady Creek Riding club difficult, is also well portrayed.

Perhaps the ending was a little too neat but I doubt most readers will have a problem with that.

Girls from 8-11 will enjoy this story. They won't have to have read the first in the series to be able to read this one.

Four starsSure to find a receptive audience.
HarperCollins ARP $14.99
Reviewed by Dale Harcombe
Age guide 8+

Children's Book Review: Horse Mad Western
by Kathy Helidoniotis
Reviewed by Claire Saxby

'It's on again, people!' Gary Cho stood on his dusty blue milk crate and beamed at the members of the Shady Creek Riding Club. Gary is the most awesome Riding Club instructor anywhere in the world. 'The fourteenth annual Pinebark Ridge Western Riding Club Show is on in eight weeks.'

'Cool!' I murmured, rubbing my fingers in my gorgeous chestnut mare's soft copper-coloured mane. I'd never done any Western riding. But I never let details like that stop me. Once I knew there was a show on I wanted in.

Ash, as the title suggests, is mad about horses and riding. In this fifth instalment of the 'Horse Mad' series, Ash is learning about 'Western' riding. Even for someone who eats, sleeps and breathes horses and riding, there is a lot to learn. And there's only eight short weeks to learn it before the competition. Ash may be horse mad, but there are plenty of other things going on in her life. Her parents are opening a bed & breakfast business, her best friend's father has a secret, her employer's English granddaughters are in town, and Jenna, her moved-to-Italy best friend is not answering emails. As the Western riding competition and her 12th birthday approach, Ash also has to worry about whether she'll be offered a chance to go to Linley Heights 'horsey' boarding school or whether she should stay at home and go to the local high school with her friends.

Horse Mad Western may be No 5 in a series but it also stands alone quite comfortably. There are references to other adventures, but it is not necessary to have read previous offerings to enjoy this one. Horse-lovers will enjoy the detail of different riding experiences, but there's plenty of action for the general reader. Ash, the main character, is at the end of primary school and much in her life is changing. She's duelling with her parents, her friends are changing, as are her foes. She's on the brink of adolescence, swinging between impulse and responsibility. Her determination and devotion to friends and to riding help her find a way through the most testing of times. Recommended for 9-12 yo, particularly horse-lovers.

Horse Mad Academy

Ashleigh has just arrived at the Waratah Grove Riding Academy with her horse Honey and she’s just about to find out how hard attending the academy can be. With long hours and a tough riding schedule, do Ashleigh and Honey have what it takes to make the cut?

Five stars
Little Angels Magazine, January 2007

Reader feedback

"I've now read all three books and I can't wait until the fourth one comes out. I loved every last whinny and neigh of these books and recommend them to people who like stories about horse adventures, friendship and fun".
Nina, aged 11.

"The Horse Mad series never makes one mistake about horses so the author obviously knows how to ride and care for a horse".
Evangeline, aged 10.

I'm Emma. I'm a 8 year old girl. I live in Melbourne Australia. I have recently read the 'Totally Horse Mad' books by a lady called Kathy Helidoniotis her books are really good and I finished the first book in a three (3) hour drive from Werribee to Halls Gap. I really like her books and think you might too.

I am a huge fan of your horse mad books. I have both Horse Mad and Horse Mad Summer and they are both great to read.
Elise, aged 11.

I love the books! They inspire me. I think anyone who likes horses must buy the books! I am horse mad and can't stop dreaming about them... my dream is to have my own horse one day and to live on a farm where we can ride every single day.

I am taking horse riding classes and fell in love with a horse called Griet. The stables are maybe going to be closed to make space for the Gautrain and the 2010 Soccer. It makes me very sad to know that I won't be able to see Griet anymore then.
Savannah Fritze, aged 10.

Hi Kathy, I just love your books and I am soooooo glad that they are now on the premiers reading challange since we have to do it for school. Keep on writing because they are absolutely fantastic!
Ian.

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