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Reviewed by April Gilly for Readers' Favorite
From Race Horse to Trail Horse and Pet by Marion N. Seidel is the story of Billy, a thoroughbred gelding who started his life as a racehorse and then became a trail horse and pet when his racing career ended. Told from Billy's point of view, From Race Horse to Trail Horse and Pet details Billy's uncertainty of his training to be a racer and the anxiety he faced thanks to training that started at a young age and the performance drugs and feed given to help him perform. When Billy's career ends, he finds himself scared and uncertain as his routine changes and he finds himself alone and in a new home. Billy then finds a new friend that helps him adjust to the new routine and life as an ex-racer. When things change again and Billy finds himself alone and in pain, his friend steps in and takes him to a new home and helps him adjust and learn to be happy as a trail horse and a pet.
From Race Horse to Trail Horse and Pet by Marion N. Seidel is relatively well written and the author has great imagery and puts the pictures of Billy in the right spots to help you picture what Billy is describing. I smiled and laughed at Billy's accomplishments and wanted to cry when Billy told of the pain he was in. Being written from Billy's perspective makes From Race Horse to Trail Horse and Pet unique, but I think it could have been better written from the perspective of Billy's owner with excerpts from Billy throughout. However, this is an amazing read.