Dear Monty Roberts,
When I choose Shy Boy, I thought it would help me to better understand my horses. As I thought about what I was reading, I realized my brain was twisting things and I was now thinking about people in my life, instead of just thinking about what I read in terms of horses. In reading Shy Boy, I realized that there are people who will try to lure you to be their best bud and change your way of thinking, and you really can't do anything about their actions-only your own..
In Shy Boy, while I read about Monty catching Shy Boy, a wild horse, taking him away from his herd, and changing how Shy Boy acts, it made me think about the people in my life. How they can be taken away from their "herd' and have a changed personality. That affects me in my personal life a lot, because I could lose some one close to me. In Shy Boy, Monty captures Shy Boy and takes him away from his herd, his natural belonging. Of course Shy Boy tries to get back with his herd, but Monty stops him. Shy Boys herd is left without him. Now Monty has control or power over Shy Boy. In my life I have a friend in my class who in a way captured a girl from her "herd', her natural belonging, we have the same personality. She will still try to hang out with us sometimes, but this girl in my class won't let her. Now this girl in my class has control or power over my friend. In this analogy the girl in my class is Monty, my friend is Shy Boy, and the "herd" is my friends and me. We lost a great friend because of this girl in my class. There are only a couple of differences in this analogy. The first one is, in the end of the book Shy Boy gets to choose to either stay with Monty or go back to the wild, his first natural belonging. In my story so far my friend has not really gotten the choice to come to her "herd', her natural belonging. I think our only hope of that happening is faith in Jesus. The other difference is that Monty is nice, and. this girl in my class is not necessarily always nice.
I was very surprised when I realized I was learning life lesson and not a horse lesson. I guess when you think about it, people do capture other people this way just as much as they capture horses. I am so glad I read this book, Shy Boy, and took the life lesson to heart, because now I don't get so upset when I see this classmate with my captured friend.