Review By JENNIFER KALI
My six-year-old daughter, a lover of horses, asked anybody and everybody for “only horse things” as Christmas gifts this year. She got shirts, books, earrings, temporary tattoos, and this really interesting board game. The premise of the game is that a stallion has escaped from a ranch, taking some mares with him, and is trying to make it on his own in the wild before getting rounded back up by the rancher. You can play as either the rancher trying to or the stallion. Players gather up horses and experience setbacks and gains while making their way around the board, all the while learning facts about horses.
Playing this game can spark great conversations, such as why the horses would want to escape, differences between domestic and wild horses, and what it’s like to be a ranch horse. It’s challenging enough for advanced players and basic enough for new players. We played together as a family and really enjoyed it.
Ages 6-12. 4 players.