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Horse of a Different Color: Reminiscences of a Kansas Drover (Little Britches #8)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  597 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Horse of a Different Color ends the "roving days" of young Ralph Moody. His saga began on a Colorado ranch in Little Britches and continued at points east and west in Man of the Family, The Fields of Home, The Home Ranch, Mary Emma & Company, Shaking the Nickel Bush, and The Dry Divide. All have been reprinted as Bison Books.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Bison Books (first published January 1st 1968)
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Becky
Jan 13, 2010 Becky rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorites of the series. This guy lived a thousand lifetimes in 22 short years. Love these stories - will read them again and again.
Melanie
May 05, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies, audio
This was a fantastic series. In this book, Ralph Moody gets to start from scratch, and he builds on his solid work ethic and experience to get his feet under him once more. He meets plenty of interesting people and has a turn of events that creates a bright future for himself.
Rob Cannon
Nov 12, 2009 Rob Cannon rated it really liked it
I highly recommend all 8 of the Ralph Moody "Little Britches" books. There are some that I enjoyed more than others, but that is only the difference between 4 and 5 stars in this case.

Moody teaches us the value of hard work and honest dealing. These principles are contrasted very well by showing the consequences of laziness and cheating. And he tells a ripping good story in the process. We also get insights into the strong bonds of family, friendship and the love between a man and a woman. And
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Christy
Sep 22, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it
Ralph Moody was a pretty amazing man. He showed that everything can be turned around, improved and made to prosper by thinking out of the box and hard work. Anyone lucky enough to know and work with him benefited.

This book, like the last one, was probably a little boring to the boys because all the details, but I made sure to talk about the principles.

Highly highly recommend this whole series. I would love to know how his family turned out, about his kids etc... He died in the 80's.
Sara
Mar 29, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
Possibly the most inspiring book in the series. Ralph is one incredible man of virtue and value. His entrepreneurial mind is impressive and coupled with his strong core values, he is a man who is a blessing not only to himself and his family but all those who are his neighbors as well.
Jessica
May 16, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
So good! He's such a good man! You'll fall in love with his honest good heart.
John
Aug 27, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Best series ever written or lived. Highly recommend all of his adventures
Denae Christine
Oct 03, 2010 Denae Christine rated it really liked it
So, Ralph Moody is just a really cool guy. I wish I could have met him. The only things I didn't like about this book were that 1, it's the last in the series. 2, he gets married at the end.
So funny, and hearbreaking. My favorite are still the ones about when he's 8 to 14 best, the first 4 or so. He makes more mistakes in those, which makes it more interesting.

In this book, my favorite scene, which was only a paragraph or so, is the one with the sheep.
Ralph said the most he made in one trip was
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T.K. Naliaka
Jan 17, 2015 T.K. Naliaka rated it really liked it
This is the eighth book in a series often considered the boy's equivalent of the "Little House on the Prairie" series. A beautifully-presented edition of the account of a boy growing up, with real-life hardships and challenges, a very personal account of family and people making it through despite tough circumstances, yet always with the bracing expectation that boys were expected to act like men in the face of adversity.
Jeannie Denney
Sad to see the series end

Wow! What a ride. Emotional ups and downs in this wonderful book. Loved every minute of this sweet autobiographical series. Moody is excellent at spinning a yarn and the characters that make up the cast of his adventurous life are colorful and delightful.
Elaine
Sep 23, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it
A great ending to this series. I would recommend it and all of the series to any family. What great values it portrays. I would have given it five stars, but sometimes his successes were a little over the top for me. As in the others, hard work and persistence are major themes of this book, but this one added an element of the importance of having a mentor and being humble enough to listen.

P. 226 When making excuses, Ralph (a.k.a. Bud) starts out ". . .but. . ." and Effie replies, "Buttin's for
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Ariel
Mar 31, 2016 Ariel rated it really liked it
By the end of this book I was thoroughly amazed at how much a 23-year-old had accomplished, how many trials he'd come out the other side of, and how much he'd grown since the start of the Little Britches series! As always, I like to note what lessons I learned from the books I read... so from this book I learned about how very, very useful it can be to have friends you trust who know about whatever business you're going into. I learned that bankruptcy is far from the end of the world, and it can ...more
Dawn
Jun 10, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing
We love Love LOVE this book series!! Horse of a Different Color is the last of 8 books... all beloved by our family. Beautifully written, laugh-and-cry-worthy, these books are such a delight to savor. Ralph Moody wrote the Little Britches series as an autobiographical sketch of his childhood and young adulthood. This final book ends on his 23rd birthday, after MANY great adventures that might make a mother cringe, lots of humor and heartbreak, crazy hard times and loads of wild fun! I have to sa ...more
Jill
Sep 21, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
I would have given it a four star but too many unanswered questions. Like, where is Paco, his Grandpa, and his Uncle. Why was Edna never mentioned until he was about to marry her? Those are just a few examples of things he never tied up.
Missy
Oct 15, 2008 Missy rated it really liked it
This is another of Moody's biographical works accounting of his early twenties. I just loved it. He's such a scrapper, but you can see his father's steadiness in him too. I am really excited to read the rest of the series in between this one and Little Britches and see how he got to this point.
I just could not get over how hard he, especially, and all the other farm folk work every single day. They did more work in a day than I do in a week, easily. And that's just the way it was. I wonder if t
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Ashley
Nov 01, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
I'm really not sure why exactly I've loved these books so much. I have loved reading about his adventures, his work ethic, how he always seems to come out on top, how nothing seems to get him down, how he never blames anyone for what life deals him, how he always has a plan to make things right.... I love that it's true! His story just seems like too much, too crazy, too unbelievable. And at the end of this book, he's only 23! I wonder what he did with the rest of his life....

The books aren't ne
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Kari
Apr 01, 2014 Kari rated it really liked it
Haha! This wasn't quite my favorite book of all books, but as far as I remember, I may have smiled more for the pure fun of it when I read this one than any of the others. I think maybe I didn't know the whole back story since I haven't read the book right before this one yet, but I will. I basically just loved how he and his wife got together and his sendoff from the townspeople to go get married. And he was only 22! I was 22 when I read it, last summer, and I just felt like I'm really the same ...more
Jane
Jun 19, 2013 Jane rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Jane by: Given to me when I was first dx'd w/diabetes
Shelves: owned, to-read-again
It's been a long time since I've read this book, but it was brought to my attention recently because of the history of diabetes and the discovery of insulin and the different methods of treatment for diabetes.

Ralph Moody was diagnosed with diabetes and he tells about how he manages it along with his experiences with the buying and selling of stock.

I had no idea that this book was part of a series so now I'm thrilled to be able to look for the other books in the series and read the rest of hi
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Christie
Mar 12, 2014 Christie rated it really liked it
This one started out a little slow for me, but I was glad I saw it to the end. While it wasn't my favorite, it was certainly still worth reading. My biggest complaint is that the books aren't seamless. I feel like there are characters that popped up here that we've never heard of but should have. On the flip side, what the heck happened to Judy from the last book?
Amy
Nov 18, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
The goodness of this man is amazing. He is selfless and finds a way to provide for himself and give others opportunities for work or to better their situations. He is a powerful figure in his town for his tender age and survives the collapse of the livestock market. The setting of this book is pre-Dust Bowl, pre-Depression. It is an interesting read with our economy as it is now.
Melody
Nov 01, 2011 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heard, memoir
The final chapter in Moody's series of memoirs, this one takes place when he's in his early twenties. Interesting that he never wrote about anything later in his life- and kind of sad, too. He's just as competent in this one as the earlier ones, teaching himself several new trades including butchering. There are some interesting characters here, and some fun stories. Worth a listen.
Angela
Oct 11, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
Such a good picture of what life was like in the early 1900's. A great read. It puts my little boys right to sleep :). They still ask me to read more the next day, though. We had a celebration after we finished the series with biscuits and cowboy hats. So fun!
Zinger
Jun 20, 2010 Zinger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
The last book in this wonderful series. The author has such a great attitude and so much energy to life. Hard working, smart, honest, and kind make him such a likable and person. This series are books that make you a better person having read them.
Amanda
Oct 08, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I really really loved these books. This was the last one and I am very sad that the journey is done. I loved the wholesome hardworking perseverance of Ralph Moody in the early 1900s. Reading about his life and character has been inspiring.
Yougo
A worthy ending to a fantastic series. They start to get a little slower toward the end, but what a hard working, wonderful example he sets. Much to learn from and be inspired by. The entire series is much recommended.
Lori
Oct 18, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the entire series, but there is something about the end that is so wonderful. This one is up there with Mary Emma and Company and Man of the Family as my favorites in the series.
Meghan
Oct 04, 2008 Meghan rated it liked it
I didn't like this book as much as the others in the series. Still, it was an enjoyable read. The determination and accomplishments of such a young man are certainly inspiring!
Stephanie
Jun 22, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I'm sad to have reached the end of this series. This time Ralph goes into the livestock and meat business. The series ends as he marries and settles down.
Magda
Apr 03, 2013 Magda rated it really liked it
Another probable favorite in the series, except for the ending which means that this is the last in the series. Guess I'll re-read them again soon.
Janice
Jul 17, 2015 Janice marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I will have to read this one again since it has been at over a year since I read it. I just know that I liked it a lot.
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Ralph Moody was an American author who wrote 17 novels and autobiographies about the American West. He was born in East Rochester, New Hampshire, in 1898 but moved to Colorado with his family when he was eight in the hopes that a dry climate would improve his father Charles's tuberculosis. Moody detailed his experiences in Colorado in the first book of the Little Britches series, Father and I Were ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Little Britches (8 books)
  • Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers (Little Britches #1)
  • Man of the Family (Little Britches, #2)
  • The Home Ranch (Little Britches, #3)
  • Mary Emma & Company (Little Britches, #4)
  • The Fields of Home (Little Britches, #5)
  • Shaking the Nickel Bush (Little Britches, #6)
  • The Dry Divide (Little Britches, #7)

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