A Book About Horses. By Layla Bellissimo. Dedications. This book is dedicated to my best friends Avery, Shea, Kate, and Lily. They all love horses like me .
By Layla Bellissimo
Published in 2011
By Mrs. Cook
Author Layla Bellissimo.
Suffer 2 years of Federal Prison if copied by whomever.
Most pictures from Google images.
We were driving back up north with Sprinky in the trailer. We were driving grandma back to her home and all the sudden I found a name. A new name for Sprinky that is. “Black Jack”! I hollered, “Black Jack”! “I’ll call him Jack for short”. I said a little softer. “You can ride him on grandma’s field” My mom offered, a little frazzled. “YEAH!!!” I screamed at the top of my lungs. “To break him into riding” I said to have some reason to go outside. Once we got there I hoped out of the truck and took jack out onto the field. I did some lunging (on the ground controls using a rope) to watch Jack’s skills. He was pretty good for a horse that just learned!
As you know if you really want to have a horse you have to learn how to take care of it. Some basics we’ll cover are:
These things are in a daily life of a horse. You probably want to learn how to do this stuff.
Jack and I were out on a sunny Saturday. After riding in the blazing sun we decided to go inside. When we got to Jack’s stall we found his water bucket (usually filled by the stable workers) was empty. “What the heck?” I said to myself “The bucket should be filled, I’ll check in with TJ. (By the way TJ is one of the stable workers.) “Hey TJ what’s the problem with the water and the food?” I said to him while he was working. “Oh didn’t you hear the water is out and the truck with the grain foods didn’t come”. “oh, so should I give Jack…” “ The pony nuts right over there”. TJ said finishing my sentence. I grabbed the bucket of new pony nuts. ( Pony nuts is a combination of grass and molasses gross!!) Once I poured the weird looking food in Jack’s food bucket he sniffed it a backed away. “Sprinky!” I said. Since everyone hates his old name I call him that when I get mad. After a while I gave up.Now I know that he really hates Pony Nuts!
Those are some of the stables you might want to have.
My parents and I were looking for a stable to let Jack stay in when Grandma wouldn’t be able to keep him in her field. We finally agreed on a “Half” stable. (where they do some of the work and you do the other half). I really thought that Jack might be scared to go to a different place other than grandma’s ranch. He would probably miss it at Grandma’s because Jack liked the open space and part of the woods to run in. (which made him good at cross country.) So we let him get used to his new home which was called Sunny Acres Stables.
Once you pick your stable you have to pick some food for your horse. Don’t forget to add any vitamins they might need. Some horses need vitamins because they are sick or have a bad condition. That’s okay it just means your horse is special. Otherwise you might just give them vitamins because they are lazy or need them for the day. Horse food is different. Some horses hate to have grains and other love that; it’s just the way they are. To see what type of food your horse likes you have to check with whomever you bought your horse from or the vet. Don’t forget the salt lick! A salt lick is a rock with salt on it. Horses need salt so remember to put it in the food bucket!
Water is very important. Weather it’s hot or cold outside horses need water. Some lukewarm tap water should do the trick. But BEWARE, after a race a horse needs to be cooled down before they drink. Also, give them lukewarm water so the water isn’t too cold or too hot. Water that is too hot or cold could cause sickness or even death.
Jack loves to have vitamins, I really don’t know why. I give him just plain vitamins for energy. Lily once said that horses like the taste of vitamins. So Jack and I went and asked the stable people if we could have some energy vitamins and jack tried them and he loved it! Now he can’t wait in the morning to have some!
To make a horse feel good and get their exercise you need to take them riding. Horses like to ride. You could also turn them lose in the pasture. But you will need to make your horse lose energy somehow. My advice is if you are sick or don’t feel like riding do lunging. I like to ride and focus in controls when I’m daily riding. It’s a way to let go and care less, plus it’s good for both of you.
Jack likes to exercise in the morning. I remember one time that Jack just sat there peaking his head out from the stall and wining really badly. So I led him outside, he bolted for the field out of my hands. “SPINKY!!!” I yelled at the top my lungs. “Come B-” “Do you mind? Its about 7:00 in the morning and you are just waking up the horses”. Said some man in muddy jeans and shirt. After that Jack was trying to lick me. “Oh stop you caused all of this mess”. I said laughing a bit. I led jack back inside and groomed him. “We’ll try riding after school, buddy.” I told him as I grabbed my backpack and left the stables.