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One Good Horse

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Since moving west over a decade ago, Tom Groneberg has worked with horses as a trail guide, as a ranch hand, and as the manager of his own ranch in Montana, but he has never owned a really good horse. Until, on an autumn night, in a warm barn under a blanket of snow, Blue is born. Soon, he will belong to Tom Groneberg. "If I had a good horse," writes Tom, "I could give it ...more
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published February 21st 2006 by Scribner Book Company (first published 2006)
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Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I forgot i read this book a couple of years ago and when i read it again last week, i enjoyed it just as much as the first time. It's reflective, about how these precious relationships in our lives take time, they take patience and life has a way of teaching you what you need to learn and gives you the tools to do it - if you want to. I will read his other books. ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mike Heggen
Recommended to Jill by: Brett Rolin
Shelves: horses, memoir
I think this is a book that will not appeal to too many folks, as it is not enough of any one thing to be easily categorized. It's a horse book and will appeal to horse enthusiasts, but there's too much parenting in it. It's a book about being a father, but there's too much history in it. It's a historical look at Montana and "The West", but there's too much "today" in it. So I can see how many people will be disappointed by picking up a book they thought would be something else.

But I really lik
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
As other reviewers have said this was a "jack of all trades, master of none" story. The chapters are quite long, containing multiple POVs from three different characters. First, is Tom himself, struggling to find his place in the world as a father, husband, and horse owner. Second, is the horse himself. I loved the observations from this POV. It was by far my favorite. The third POV is a 19th century cowboy named Teddy Blue. All three stories are written beautifully, though I felt the author str ...more
Barb Flory
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
Oct 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
I am often in search of good horse books. And there are very few out there. I picked up Groneberg's book because on the surface it appeared to be about a man and the horse he trains, with some discussion of Montana, the West in general, and his family. Basically a number of things that could come together to make a great piece of non-fiction. Also, it was put out by a major publisher, and that is usually a good sign.

Groneberg's story was quite disappointing, though. He talks about his desire to
Erin Lovell
Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it
I learned of this author on a trip back to Montana last Christmas and really like his style. He is a transplant and moved West when the spirit of the cowboy lifestyle claimed his heart. He suprised himself and his family by staying and year by year roots himself deeper in the ways of the West. Anyone for a yearning to live in closer contact with the natural world and the ways of life that founded this nation would enjoy it!
Jul 15, 2008 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book more from the perspective of a parent than a person involved with horses. It was a candid look at becoming aware of the lives we live. I felt grateful for the fragility and resilience that my own life holds, a moment to reflect. I would recommend this to any one who needs an "easy" read, but one that provokes some thought, loves the west and it's spaces, and may be going through some personal transformation that includes family. ...more
Trishelle  Lin
Feb 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yuck, adult, fiction, animals
I did not finish this book.

I got it from the adult section, and I felt that it had some things in it that a Christian should not read.

I think the story may have been good, but I didn't think I should read through all the bad language and visits to the bar, just to see what the story would turn out to be.

Sep 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Expecting a book mostly concerned with the horse, intelligence, training, etc. What it is, is a book about one cowboys life, and how he picks out a gelding that turns out to be one good horse. I was a little disappointed, as I presumed from the title(never presume) and the cover that it would be something more to my liking and needs.
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horse lovers
This was a good book. Although it went from present time to way back when, I found that a bit confusing. It almost felt like I was reading 2 seperate books at times. But overall it was a good story and I read it in only a few days.
Jan 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Not bad, looking forward to reading his previous book.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a cute, quick read.
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it
At first glance, I did not particularly like this book but the characters and the general sweep of the narrative drew me into caring more than I thought.
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Tom Groneberg is the author of The Secret Life of Cowboys and has written for a number of publications, including Men's Journal and Sports Afield. He lives in northwest Montana with his wife, three sons, and his horse, Blue. ...more

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