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The First Horse I See

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  89 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Before she died, Willo's mother made her father promise that Willo could finally have a horse. Her grandfather warns her: don't fall in love with the first horse that you see. But Willo does-with Tess, a feisty ex-racehorse who has been mistreated by her former owners. Willo is convinced she can tame her, despite her father's doubts. She has her trainer, Diana, and Diana's ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Puffin Books (first published June 21st 1999)
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Gabby DesRuisseau
I read this book when I was a tween and was obsessed with it. The kind of obsessed where you read it over and over and never get tired of it. So this story is my a part of my childhood. The first book I really loved.
Lauren
Oct 09, 2008 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was alright. Being a horse lover, I enjoyed reading it, but thought it was too similar to many other horse stories I have read. It was about a girl named Willo who has lost her mother and who's father is rarely home. She lives with her grandfather. Before her mother died, she told Willo that she could have a horse. Willo falls in love with the first horse she visits, a sickly, underfed, high-strung mare named Tess. Her father gives her one week to tame Tess, or else he will s ...more
Will
Apr 26, 2014 Will rated it really liked it
I read it in order to vet it as a gift for my then eight-year-old niece. Surprisingly, I didn't want to put it down after beginning it.
Madeline
May 27, 2012 Madeline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Rereading this childhood favourite- still just as good!

This wonderful novel has always been a favourite of mine- for many reasons.
For one thing, all of the horse terminology is correct and the situations are realistic- a rarity among equestrian novels.
The is something about the contrast between the simplicity of the plot and the complexity of the characters that really speaks to me.
And there is magic in the atmospheric details and descriptions. The beautiful setting of Mas-Que absolutely bre
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Dotty
Feb 06, 2011 Dotty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Willojean falls in love with the first horse she sees, an abused race horse. She must win her father’s trust and approval for her choice along with cope with her father’s alcoholism. And then there is her first love of a boy. Through it all stands her grandfather and her determination to ride as one with her horse, Tess. Sometimes I’m uncomfortable with this author’s style of writing but her characters and plot are excellent.
Ashley
Feb 24, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
I really loved this book when i was younger and I still love it! Any girl that loves horse should read this book.
Irishgirl1247
Dec 10, 2011 Irishgirl1247 rated it liked it
Liked this alot as a tween, don't really know what i saw in in now. It's pretty tragic.
Pam
Apr 15, 2010 Pam rated it really liked it
Great book for people who have a passion for horses.
L. G. Schmidt
Jul 28, 2013 L. G. Schmidt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I really loved.
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