Review by Micki Peluso
Backyard Horse Tales 2
Frosty and the Night stalker
By Jackie Anton
Frosty is a two-year-old Appaloosa colt that is given a tranquilizer by the vet, which will change him from a stallion into a gelding. When he awakens, he’s no longer in his Ohio boarding stable, but on a hill overlooking a herd of horses he doesn’t know. He thinks he’s in “horse heaven” but as the drugs leave his body the strange vision fades — for now.
Author Anton tells Frosty’s story through flashbacks, beginning with the day he meets Marcie when he’s just a yearling. There is an instant bonding between the Colt and the 22-year-old young woman who buys him. He moves to Hi-Lo Farms where Marcie begins his training to show him at Appaloosa and other show horse events. The other horses of all types and people find “Frosty Britches’” strange Appaloosa markings fascinating — especially the white sprinkles across his dark spotted romp.
Frosty still gets images of another time period, which frightens him. This culminates into his drifting back in time to 1869, to an Indian camp; yet here he sees glimpses of his own time, making him feel caught between two different worlds.
Frosty’s life as an Indian horse is rife with adventure and detailed history of the Native Americans who inhabit the land now called America. Frosty’s bravery in saving a young four-year-old Indian boy from drowning brings him much acclaim–and a new name. His past life with the Indians and their horses, along with his present life, meld together to make him an even finer example of a brave passionate animal caught between two worlds: and learning from them both.
This book will fascinate, educate and delight pre-teen, YA, and readers of all age groups. Frosty tells his life story with truth and heart, making him a character that will long be remembered in the minds of readers. Author Jackie Anton does a superb job of intertwining the past and present lives of a very special Appaloosa horse. This five-star book should be recommended reading in all schools. It’s a wonderful story for horse lovers, children and adults. Those enjoying Frosty and the Nightstalker will also want to read the author’s other book, Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition, winner of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award Silver Seal of Excellence. There’s a charming excerpt of the next Backyard Horse Tales 3, “Don’t Call Me Love” at the end of this book.
Micki Peluso: writer, journalist, and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang