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Stable Ground

(The Riding Series #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When Josie’s best friends all head away from River County Texas for summer vacation, she is left with two options; work at the cemetery with her dad and have the most uncool summer ever or shovel manure at the Walker ranch. Josie chooses the ranch, despite her fear of horses.

Josie finds a mentor in Nina, a kind-hearted Choctaw Native American woman, who helps Josie discov
Kindle Edition, 121 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Lechner Syndications (first published November 29th 2013)
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Rachael Eliker
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Josie's story was an endearing look at the world of horses and riding. Not only did Josie express her fears, frustrations and triumphs in a way that MG readers could relate to, she also overcomes fears and anxiety caused by another rider. It was a quick read with a charming ending that horse-loving girls will enjoy.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
STABLE GROUND is the first book in the Riding Series collection by Julie Galbraith. The story is narrated by 13 year- old Josie Pickens who hails from a small rural town. Her father works as landscaper for a cemetery and her mother is a stay-at-home mother who is famous for her jam. Another important thing to know about Josie is that she expresses herself through her artwork. When her father decides it’s time for her to help contribute to the family’s finances, she obliges him by accepting a job ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Julie Galbraith’s Stable Ground is a great horse lover’s novel. Josie Pickens is terrified of horses, but when a well-paying job pops up at a stable, her family’s need for money outweighs her fear. As she begins working there with her boss, Nina, she begins to like horse and even starts to ride them. There’s just one thorn in her side, the stable owner’s daughter, Gretchen, and her friends. Having a lot of people fooled about her bully nature, Gretchen even has Josie’s mom wrapped around her fin ...more
J. Calvin
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent novel for young adult readers. Stable Ground explores issues that many teens face, and offers a dose of inspiration.

Josie is an insecure artist from Texas. He parents are in slight financial trouble and Josie feels for them, so much so that she gets a job hoping to be able to relieve some anxiety. Although she knows (literally) nothing about horses, she takes a job on a local ranch working with them. She slowly conquers her fear of horses by sitting on Monty. However, her fear of a
Christine Meunier
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, horse-series
Josie is a thirteen year old girl in a family that is struggling for money. Josie loves to paint and is good at it. She is scared of horses and has no interest in going for a job that her father suggests over the summer break.

Even with her friends away on exciting holidays over the school break, Josie isn’t sure she wants to spend her time working on a nearby ranch... more at
Tamara Lechner
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great read for horse loving teens!
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jml by: Those with minimal horse experience
Shelves: horse-fiction, ya
Rating would have been higher if not for typos & grammatical errors, and inconsistencies within story. Improper equestrian terms was also a distraction from the story. ...more
betty campbell
Oct 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly Researched

The references to Anything regarding Riding or Horses are Incorrect Whether they Regard Equipment,events or Dress.the most poorly written Book I Have read
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Julie Galbraith was born in Idyllwild California to a potter and a jazz musician. Her childhood was spent travelling the country in a Volkswagen with her parents and their dog. She found a passion for riding in her teens and now she and her husband own a ranch in New Mexico where they offer lessons, board horses and run a riding program for children with special needs.

Other books in the series

The Riding Series (3 books)
  • Horse Play (The Riding Series #2)
  • High Stakes (The Riding Series #3)

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