Book 5: Outward Appearances

When the first boarders arrive, Rosie realizes working at the family stable will be more difficult than she anticipated. The extra horses aren’t the problem however; it’s one of the boarders that Rosie can’t get along with. When Grandma explains 1 Samuel 16:7 to the girls, Rosie struggles to see how the verse applies. It takes an annoying boarder, a blind horse, and an extreme race to teach Rosie that while man looks at outward appearances, God looks at the heart.


From Stormy's Facebook page:

Author, Vicki Watson, writer of the Christian children's series, Sonrise Stable, has recreated Beka and Stormy's thrilling Extreme Cowboy Race in book 5 of the series, entitled Outward Appearances. Beka and Stormy are portrayed as characters, Hannah and her blind horse, Dusty. Vicki has shared the race experience so accurately it actually brought tears to our eyes as we read the story. Thank you so much, Vicki, for your vision and sharing a part of the inspiring story of Beka and Stormy!

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for activities to supplement the Sonrise Stable series!

Equine Art Lesson

Although they have the same parts, short, chunky ponies definitely have a different apearance than their taller, sleeker relatives. Learn how to draw a shaggy pony in this art lesson.

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Scriptural Theme

All too often, with animals as well as people, we make judgments based on what is on the outside, but God calls us to look deeper. 1 Samuel 16:7

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Related Horse Videos

Outward Appearances Overview

Overview of book 5 and its theme that man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.

Stormy 2010 Extreme Cowboy Race

This is the full video of Stormy and Beka's performance in their first Extreme Cowboy Race. 

Stormy 2011 Application Video

Stormy's application video for the 2011 event.Stormy 2011 Application Video

Stormy 2011 Competition

Beka and Stormy's competition video at Columbus Equine Affaire, 2011. The event was no longer the Extreme Cowboy Race. It was called the Versatile Horse and Rider competition, not nearly as exciting a name!

Half Pass in Dressage

Demonstration of the half pass.

Foal Clacking or Mouthing

Young horses use a mouthing signal called clacking to indicate submission to an older horse.

Nurse Mare Foals Meeting Horses

The nurse mare foals begin to be acquainted with other horses, through a fence, while still in their own pen.

Nurse Mare Foals Meet Horses in the Pasture

Nurse mare foals have so much human interaction, it's important for them to learn to be a horse also. And, the only way for them to learn that is to be with other horses. In this video, two nurse mare foals are introduced to older horses. You see the clacking response which indicates submission (at about 1 min and at the 10:20 marks). The foals are surprised and a little intimidated by the adult horse's behavior. At first, the foals identify more with the people and hang out near them at the fence, but gradually gain the confidence to approach the older horses.  

Police Horses Fireworks Training

A video created by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper showing mounted patrol horses being exposed to the smoke and noise of fireworks in preparation for the Red, White, and Boom Fourth of July fireworks celebration held in Columbus, Ohio. 

Texas Ollie Trick Horse Training

Texas Ollie is one of the best modern-day trick horse trainers. You wouldn't guess it from his name, but he's actually based in Ireland.

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