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Horse Crazy explores the meaning behind the love between girls and horses. Jean O'Malley Halley, a self-professed "horse girl," contends that this relationship and its cultural signifiers influence the manner in which young girls define their identity when it comes to gender. Halley examines how popular culture, including the "pony book" genre, uses horses to encourage con ...more
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Published July 1st 2019 by University of Georgia Press
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Abby Outterson
This book didn’t quite give me what I was looking for. I was hoping to get a history that would explain how horses transitioned from the realm of the masculine to the feminine in American culture. I do feel like I got a sense of that, but the dots weren’t really connected in this book the way i would have liked. This felt more like a dissertation on horse loving girls from a horse-loving woman. While I found her personal history interesting, it wasn’t what I thought I signed up for.

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Christine Meunier
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pony books for horse crazy girls are an incredible genre... as Jean O’Malley Halley’s book Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses explores. How the horse-girl relationship can empower children, young adults and even adults is explored throughout the chapters of Halley’s book. Read more at http://equus-blog.com/horse-crazy-by-... ...more
Barbara
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember while growing up, always having a girl or two in each class at school that was crazy about horses. I would catch them doodling, drawing or reading about horses. However, I did not understand their love of horses at all.

Ms. Halley, the author, describes her relationship with her father and how one day he surprises her by giving her a horse, for no reason at all. She experiences real-love by caring, riding, and spending as much time with her horse as possible. The author provides many d
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From the publisher: Horse Crazy explores the meaning behind the love between girls and horses. Jean O'Malley Halley, a self-professed "horse girl," contends that this relationship and its cultural signifiers influence the manner in which young girls define their identity when it comes to gender. Halley examines how popular culture, including the "pony book" genre, uses horses to encourage conformity to gender norms but also insists that the loving r
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Rebecca L.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why do girls love horses?

On the surface, it seems like a simple question: Why do girls love horses? I’ve often wondered this throughout my life, but few people have stopped to consider this cultural phenomenon beyond simple established gender norms. Reading Horse Crazy was refreshing because I felt as if someone was finally taking my questions seriously. Often, issues related to women (including women writers and women’s interest) are overlooked.

Halley begins with a history of the horse startin
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