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The Cowboy Who Was Scared of Horses

The Cowboy Who Was Scared of Horses

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The rodeo is about to arrive in town and all the cowboys want to impress the cowgirls with their riding skills.

Cowboy Marty lives on Seven Star Ranch and rides a bicycle to do his chores. He wants to impress the cowgirls too but there is just one problem: he is secretly scared of horses. To stop anybody finding out, he puts an advert in the local newspaper asking for help.

To his surprise, a skilled rider named Marjorie shows up on his ranch and is willing to teach him to ride. However, Marty has skills of his own. Can he teach her some valuable lessons in return?

With a passion for horses and dressage, Michelle has written this book to show a less serious side of the equine world, which she hopes both horsey and non-horsey people will enjoy. In bringing together two completely different styles of riding and viewpoints, she hopes to emphasise that there is no right or wrong way of riding, and that horses can be enjoyed no matter what they are used for.

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About the Author

Michelle Path is a 23-times-published, award-winning children’s author from West Gippsland, Australia, where she lives on a small farm with her beloved animals. 

Michelle’s love of reading started at a young age, leading to her writing her own stories as a child. Many of her books incorporate messages such as caring for animals and the environment or deal with current issues in order to engage with children, capture their imaginations and encourage them to develop a love for reading and books. She also likes to use humour in her stories, which is particularly evident in her popular Xalien the Purple Alien series. 

Recently, Michelle’s short story Phantasmagorical Phobias won the New Apple Book Award for short story fiction; she also received a silver award from The Wishing Shelf Book Awards for The Cowboy Who Was Scared of Horses. Her books are recognised worldwide and have gained many five-star reviews and numerous other awards. 

When not writing, Michelle enjoys riding her horses, walking her dogs, seeing live bands, or going to the theatre.


bizziebaby Bronze Award

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Book Details

  • Author: ​Michelle Path
  • 32 pages
  • Publication Date: 31/08/2016
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781910832141