I liked this a lot. It's coming of age with horses, but not starry-eyed Pony Club horses. This is about the reality of making a living from animals: they're not always predictable, the danger and occasional violence of what it means to wean a foal or break a horse. I was never a horsey girl, but this version of it was interesting to me.Alice is a great character, 12 years old, not always likeable or nice, but you understand her and why she does what she does. Her family is dysfunctional, but none of the characters are one-note, and they all surprise Alice at some point in the book.