SOUTH PARIS — Did you know that horses discriminate and bully other horses?

Appaloosa Duke tells of his own life having to deal with stress and sadness at being bullied and teased from the time he was a foal in Idaho to being trained as a trail horse at a dude ranch in Wyoming. Other horses could never see beyond his unusual dotted-and-spotted coat pattern and treated him harshly.

Duke befriends a gimpy, arthritic horse named Boots and helps save his life and that of another old horse by standing up to a bear in their defense.

Will the other herd horses scoff at his actions and consider him foolhardy? Or will he finally be recognized and respected for the fine, courageous horse that he always was?

Gott began riding at the age of eight and has owned, raised and trained horses ever since, accounting for her knowledge and experience with horses as detailed in her previous historical and contemporary western/cowgirl books as well as her seven children’s horse stories.

She also worked as a horse wrangler and trail guide for four summers in Wyoming and presently owns two Arabians which she uses for trail riding several times a week.

Her books can be purchased at, or, e-books Kindle and Nook or locally at Book’s ‘N Things in Norway, Smedberg’s Farm Stand in Oxford, and Melby’s Market in Waterford.

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