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The Horse-Tamer (The Black Stallion #14)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,151 ratings  ·  18 reviews
While waiting for a delayed airplane, old Henry Dailey, the Black's trainer, tells young Alec Ramsay a story of his own youth, travelling with his brother, Bill. Bill Dailey's talent as a horse-whisperer was unmatched in the days before the automobile and young Henry tells of an unscrupulous con-man who mistreats horses into behaving temporarily. Bill is determined to show ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published March 12th 1980 by Yearling Books (first published January 1st 1958)
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Anne Osterlund
Bill Dailey is a horseman. He tames the wildest horses brought before him. Horses no one else can touch. Horses that bite and kick and have been locked in their stalls for years. And he does all this in a matter of minutes.

But he doesn’t use tricks. Doesn’t sell potions. Or whisper in the horses’ ears. Or turn his lessons into a show.

And when Finn Casperson threatens Bill's morality, it may be the greatest challenge either has ever faced.

My final Black Stallion book (sigh—how sad!). I skipped ov
Apr 28, 2012 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
First, a note: I will never try to use my Nook to write a book review again. I had written quite a long review - not easy on the Nook's touch-screen, which is not well-laid-out and lacks a number of conveniences which are standard on other Android devices - only to make the slightest mis-touch and lose EVERYTHING. That's incredibly annoying.

That said, The Horse Tamer is part of Walter Farley's Black Stallion series, and it's both charming and memorable. Bracketed by short passages featuring Alec
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The Horse-Tamer (all by Walter Farley)

I stepped away from my re-read of this series as I just knew the two books listed first were coming up. Even as a child I never cared for the books without Alec and the Black. These two (Sulky Colt and Island Stallion Races) were even worse than I remembered. I wonder if The Island Stallion Races is what turned me off of sci-fi. The Black Stalli
This book really had nothing to do with The Black Stallion, but was a story about Henry Dailey's older brother. Bill Dailey was a carriage maker and his father sent Henry to stay with him for the summer to learn the craft. What Henry ended up learning was the art of horse taming, as Bill came into his true calling.
Rena Sherwood
This was a strange interlude in the Black Stallion series. The Black has nothing to do with it -- it's just a really long ramble from Henry. I think this is the only Black Stallion book with illustrations in the paperback version. These "horse-taming" methods seem awful brutal by today's standards.
Great little short story set in Henry's past. It richly illustrates an issue of a bygone age.
my daughter's book.
This one was something different, only barely attached to the Black Stallion chronology, and I think that's why I liked it. I was ready for something a little different, and this fit the bill quite nicely.

It has a slightly Marguerite Henry-ish tone, partly because it's not about a 'super-horse', although it's not as charming as her tales. A pretty good little story that breaks up the same-old, same-old routine of the main series.
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.
The first book was the story of a boy and a horse, but the series grows with books on similar themes of overcoming adversity and animal/human bonding. Loved them as a kid.
Jessica Timmons
Definately a book to read. It just goes to show that there are ways to train horse's that doesn't involve pain, suffering and abuse. Plus you can rid a horse of bad habits.
I remember being very reluctant to read this book. It wasn't really part of the Black Stallion series; in fact I think was a biography of sorts. Anyhow, not my favorite.
I stormed through this series. I made a beeline for the "F" section for a month's worth of library visits, until I had read the whole series.
Not the best for horsey people but drops in some nice period history. I can't imagine a kid even liking this book.
Farley's autobiographical stories about his older brother, a horse trainer.
This book was very entrapping. Good read!
It was okay.
Eleisha Luck
Aug 21, 2007 Eleisha Luck rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
one of my favs.
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