- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 and up
- Series: Winnie the Horse Gentler (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 173 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale Kids; Reprinted edition (March 28, 2002)
- ISBN-13: 978-0842355421
Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis has a way with horses. She can gentle the wildest mare, but other parts of her life don't always come as easily. Along with her dad and sister, Lizzy, Winnie is learning how to live without her mom, who was also a natural horse gentler. As Winnie teaches her horses about unconditional love and blind trust, God shows Winnie that he can be trusted too. Readers will be hooked on the series' vivid characters, whose quirky personalities fill Winnie's life with friendship and adventure.
In #1 Wild Thing, Winnie's fearful heart finally begins to trust God again as she tries to gentle the horse of her dreams, Wild Thing.
This was a touching young adult book. Since Winnie's mom died her Dad has been moving them around. Life has not been stable. Winnie's mom was known as a horse gentler. Winnie has her mother's horse skills. The author's experience with horses shows in her books. There are several true to life details like how to tell how old a horse is according to the teeth. Wild Thing is a horse that Winnie wants to train. Her family does not have the money to buy it. The characters and plot are interesting and kept my attention. The faith part is not overdone. Recommended especially for Christian horse loving girls.