The first book I read was Wild Horses. The main character is Kirstie Scoot and she lives for horses. (my kind of girl!) The setting is Half Moon Ranch her Grand parents ranch. She moved there when she was 9 years old. The ranch is located at the end of a 5 mile dirt road off Route 3 out of San Luis. A small town with only a grocery store, gas station and one main street. After her grand father's death they turned the ranch into a small vacation center for paying guests. Which included lodging, meals, trail rides, etc. She is leading a horse trek through Miner's Ridge when a land slide causes her to be trapped alone with a wild proud stallion. The stallion is injured during the land slide and Kirstie and another lone man help the stallion with his wounds and form a lasting bond. It is a great story, even though there interruption of ranching and use of words is different than ours here. I would highly recommend it to any horse crazy girl.
The second book I read was Rodeo Rocky. Kirstie Scott is the main character again and it takes place on Half Moon Ranch as well. It is alittle slow to start and the rodeo lingo she uses it different from ours, but all in all a good book. While Kirstie and the guests from the ranch are at a local rodeo she sees a horse being beaten and stricken to be ridden by a cowboy. Her heart goes out to this horse and she feels a instant connection with him. She conceives her mother to buy the horse and takes him back to the ranch. She begins working with the horse and builds his trust and eventually winds up riding him on trail rides. He has a set back on the trail one day and she realizes she has to trust the horse to get her home safely. Another good book by Jenny Oldfield that I would recommend as well.