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Grabbing Mane

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  37 reviews
"Buy a horse, they said. It will be fun, they said."

Casey Halbach's life was perfectly adequate. Good friends, loving boyfriend, decent job: she had it all. So why did she feel like she was missing something? And was that something actually a part of her life she'd already given up?

When Casey finds herself back at the stable where she learned to ride as a child, she impuls
Published June 23rd 2020
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Jun 21, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Writing this book was such a pleasure (even the three massive rewrites - okay, could have lived without those!) and I'm thankful for my Patreons for supporting it all the way from conception to publication! Returning to horses after time away is a common story for so many equestrians, and I hope that Casey's story is relatable, gives you a little hope, and helps you come back from that horseless time... or plan for the future! ...more
Kathleen Edwards
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Natalie has done it again and with all new characters! I loved getting to know Casey, Brandon and of course the lovely James! 😍 I especially liked the fact that Casey was just like all of us, bitten by the horse bug but having to make her way in the real world, with all the conflicts and confidence issues that haunt horse-girls everyday. Thanks for the introductions, Natalie, my literary horse friends are growing and I can’t wait to read more about them!
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite authors

You gotta know it is going to be a good day when you download the newest release from Natalie Keller Reinert. Superb main characters that love horses and are just a little bit flawed, but that is what makes them so relatable and loved. Can't wait for the next book in the series, or any other book by Natalie Keller Reinert.
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book in just over a day, the fastest I've read a book in YEARS!

Have you ever read a book that makes you feel like its based on yourself? This is this book for me. I will cherish this book forever and reread it until it falls apart, and then buy it again, over and over again. I need a sequel asap 😂
This book is everything to me ❤

The ONLY thing I would say is there are 3 sentences which seem to have been skipped with editing (missing a word etc) however that doesn't change my opinio
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grabbing Mane follows the story of Casey as she re-enters the horse world as an adult. It is relatable and extremely well written. Anyone who has been into horses and has walked away for a while will understand.

I can't wait to read more about Casey's adventures into her new life!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Cynthia W
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, horses
FINALLY - a book about the world of horses that isn't geared to the juvenile/young adult age group and which is written by someone who actually knows what she's talking about! I loved this book. The characters were well-developed and the story-line of a 30-ish year old amateur owner/rider felt real.

I can't wait to read more from this author.
Stephani Hren
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ponies-fiction
*ARC from Booksprout!!* What a wonderful debut novel for NKR's new series! The main character, a thirty-something who rediscovers riding during a period of her life when she's very dissatisfied with her career and then goes on to buy a young, green ex-racehorse, is very relatable. I love reading equestrian fiction from authors who very clearly have been deeply entrenched in barn culture. My favorite part of NKR's writing is always her characters, because they never make the decisions that I woul ...more
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I think horses wreck your life, and you're just supposed to enjoy the ride." If you've spent any time in the horse world you learn this real fast! I loved following Casey on her roller coaster ride of jumping back into the horse world. Natalie Keller Reinert once again does an excellent job of portraying all the joy and turmoil that horses bring into you life. This story captivates you and leaves you wanting more! I can't wait to see where Casey's horse girl journey takes her next. ...more
Helen Kwong
It was a very enjoyable nostalgic read for the path yet to be realized. Even though we may not always follow our childhood dreams, it may not be too late for those dreams to be realized.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story of a re-rider and return to the world of horses. I want to be barn buddies with Casey!
Bobbi Pratt
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Blue Ribbon Round!

Yet again Natalie brings another great character to life and has us hanging on wanting to know more! Plus one all us Ammy Owners who showed as kids can relate to!! Bravo!!
Gayle Rickard
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another amazing book from Natalie. The story was very realistic, l can imagine being in the same place choosing between horses, job and partner,
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horse-books
This book is for anyone who’s found or reignited a passion later in life. It makes me incredibly nostalgic. I am Casey, and Casey is me.

Once again, Natalie captures all the feels with Grabbing Mane. In this book, however, there is a more matter-of-fact attitude where some other novels might go for the lofty goals and the path we wish we’d taken. It’s grounded in a realism that you seldom get from a fiction novel. I can make parallels between Casey and every single adult re-rider at my barn, no m
Mary Pagones
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweet, delightful story about a very relatable re-rider who finds the juggling act of balancing work, commuting, riding, and her various side hustles to support her horse just as challenging as actually getting back in the saddle. Any adult getting back to riding or learning to to ride will understand Casey's struggles and how just one riding lesson a week can quickly spiral into a very expensive maelstrom.

This isn't a fairy tale, but I certainly wish the barn I had begun riding at as an adul
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this horse book. I was pleasantly surprised! It is well written and funny in a good way, and the author actually knows about horses and horse people!
Like Casey I came back to horses in my 30s .... and again in my 50s ... and now in my 60s I'm hoping and trying to get back to horses again. We horsewomen never outgrow this love.
It was also nice to read a romance that was not full of a lot of heavy breathing, etc., and was pleasantly devoid of muscle-by-muscle descriptions of the romant
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
On of my favorite things about Natalie's books are her characters, I want to hang out with Alex, take lessons with Grace, and Jules, I just love to see which way she is headed next!

Now there is Casey, and man do I feel Casey. The place Casey is in reminds me why I have so stubbornly clung to my horses all these years. Even when there was no extra money to do anything, the last thing I wanted was to be 40 getting back in the saddle for the first time 15-20 years. I

I enjoyed this story as well b
Heather Wallace
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For the first time in awhile I really felt like this book was following my own life experience with horses. It was amazing to finally see a returning adult equestrian as the main character and follow her personal journey. Not only did I resonate with the non-horsey partner (my husband hasn't been to the barn in over a year) but also the amount of overthinking everything when I need to just trust myself and my horse. I cried at the end (no spoilers) because I was nervous for our heroine and her h ...more
Zoe Bills
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book for adult horse lovers!

This book is beautifully written for anyone who grew up reading horse books and wonders what happens next, for those of us who didn't go to the Olympics and instead wound up as a working adult. I loved watching Casey's character find herself as she balanced all the various elements of her "real world" life (boyfriend, job, social life) with the reemergence of the horse girl passions of her youth.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sooooo relatable. In the end note the author mentions wishing it had been a little funnier so I just want her and prospective readers to know I found myself highlighting quite a few delightful segments that were so relatably funny (like the dad deciding on whether to reach for center-table food during a tense conversation). Thanks so much for writing a book that is relatable / has quite the real life concerns for people who are trying to balance horses, work and family!
Sandra Gonzales
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like my real life- sort of....

I found this novel on Facebook, and the blurb sounded good and interesting. It hit a little close to home- once a ballet student turned horse - crazed girl when I was 12, and giving up horses for college gal. Now, as a teacher, mom, and wife making all that balance out has been hard. Loved the book. Loved James. It's a great story, totally realistic, at least in my case!
Layla Powers
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've always been a sucker for a good horsey novel. Natalie did a great job on this one as and as a rider through my youth and up into my late teens, I definitely felt a sort of kindred connection Casey. And, of course, this book was well-written and both the plot and characters were well developed. I would love to read more from this author in the future. ...more
Carly Kade
Really enjoyed this read. As an adult equestrian who returned to the saddle after selling my childhood horse, I can totally relate to the main character, the learning curve she experiences coming back into the horse world, and the pains of corporate life she experiences. As always, Natalie's writing about horses and the equestrian world is spot on. ...more
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the actual horse stuff. A little too pat of an ending. I had a horse from age 11 to age 17 but had little in common with the "horse girl" teens in this book so it was hard to relate to the whole premise of the book. I will be reading more by this author though as I like horse books and there are not so many of them for adults. ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story that I related to a little too much at times. I would’ve given it 5 stars except Casey got a little annoying towards the end and sounded a lot more like a whiny teenager butting heads with her parents simply because they were the ones stating the facts than a 32 year old woman. Either way, I’m looking forward to the next book!
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all of Natalie’s books but this one is the most relatable. The details she puts in about Casey’s daily life and what it’s like to get back into horses after taking time away from them are spot on. I’m looking forward to another Casey book.
Christine Cavanaugh
Back in the saddle after the pandemic blues!

Finally a great read to get back in the swing of reading. The pandemic has really thrown me out of my two book per week habit and I haven’t been able to finish a book since March. This story is a delightful return to old hobbies!
Claire Davidson
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable ,relatable, good read

The Story line feels on so familiar and nostalgic. Author captured the essence of a horse yard perfectly, the passion of horses, and the characters likeable..Wish I could do a day because this book makes me want it more
Janett Cotton
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Loved the book and looking forward for the next installment. The struggle is real and the writer dies an excellent job of conveying what it's like to find time for family, horses and work
Daniel Wade
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Its so rare to find a protagonist who gave up riding when they were younger and come back to if. The fact that Casey wasn't perfect right off the bat made it feel so realistic and relatable. Natalie just nailed it on the head entirely!
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The first chapter or two were hard for me to get into and I had a difficult time relating to Casey at first. I ended up really liking her character, Sky, even Brandon who I wasn't sure about. I loved Leslie, Gwen, and of course James. ❤🐎😊 ...more
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Natalie Keller Reinert is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books exploring love, human nature, and the passions which make us tick. With an extensive equestrian background, many of her books are set in the world of horses and horse-people. Drawing on her professional experience working with Thoroughbred racehorses, mounted patrol horses, therapeutic riding, three-day-eventing, and man ...more

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