"Neigh," went the chestnut-colored
horse. It kicked the dirt and sent dust flying into the air and into
Billy's eyes and mouth. He could hardly see a thing. He rubbed them and
tried to brush the dust off his body.
Billy thought about what his
mother had told him that morning. "Don't go to the horse farm without
taking someone with you who knows about horses. Horses are tricky and it
might be dangerous."
He'd ignored his mother and had
run over to the horse farm, sneaking over the fence and into the horse
He had just brushed the dirt from
his hair when all of a sudden, WHACK! Something hit him and threw him
flying through the air. He crashed right into a tree. "What was that?"
He looked over at the horse and
saw it swinging its tail in the dusty air. "The horse's tail hit me!"
Billy stood and tried to avoid the
horse, but just then several other horses came running towards him.
Their manes blew in the wind as they galloped by, making such a breeze,
that it blew Billy to the ground. His arms went one way; his legs went
He landed with a plop, right in
the center of a bunch of sunflowers. Billy stood again and picked the
leaves from his hair. "I think I've had enough of the horse farm. It's
too dangerous out here."
Billy ran home. "Mom! Mom! You
"About what, Billy?"
"I didn't listen to you and went
to the horse farm by myself. It is a dangerous place to go." Billy
hugged his mom.
"I'll tell you what. Let me finish
typing up my letter and I'll take you over there. I know a lot about
"That would be great, Mom."
Later on that day Billy and his
mom went back to the horse farm. She took her son's hand and walked over
to the horse. "Stroke his neck, like this." She showed him how and he
"Watch out for the tail, Mom,"
"Try to stay away from the back of
a horse. It's much more fun stroking their neck. Here, give the horse a
Billy fed the orange vegetable to
the horse. He also gave him some sugar cubes and the horse even licked
his face. "That was fun, Mom. Thanks for taking me. I'll never come here
again by myself."
Mom took his hand and they walked