Wow it's been a long time since I read this. I think it was maybe ... six years ago, approximately? I have no idea. But I remember loving it so much. I mean, I typically hate horse books. They're always like "Once there was a little girl who wanted a horse and then she got one. The end". Black Beauty is NOT one of those barfy horse books AT ALL. As a matter of fact, I remember it being rather depressing ... It provides a more realistic view of a horse's life than most horse books do. Very good. I loved it.