This was suggested by susan. Have copied some of her nominations below:
A Job With Horses by JPT Jumping Jan and Nancy and the Carrs by Kathleen MacKenzie Janet Must Ride by D. Pullein-Thompson Near Miss by Claire Birch A Girl for the Horses by Betty Cavanna Three to Ride by C Pullein-Thompson
(susan I changed the author of the first one from Gillian Baxter to JPT. What is it about Gillian lately trying to take credit for other people's stories lol )
Some other suggestions include:
Pony Jobs for Jill Clear Round The Wendy series by Dorian Williams Ten Week Stables
RE the JPT/Baxter mixup...lol....I wonder if it's the Allen cover art that's confusing everyone (myself included)....all those horses jumping through stirrups, hard to remember which is which! I know publishers have liked to have a unifying theme to cover art, so that a book in a series, or by an author is immediately recognisable in a bookstore, but it's always confused and irritated me....I LOATHED the US Putnam covers for Dick Francis's work for just that reason.
Would there be a place for Eventer's Dream? Elaine has to think about her future options; working in a yard or trying to be a pro. She makes up some amazing job offer to impress people at one point I think!
I'm just reading the Flying Horseman (love it!) and although its not a career with horses it is about him having a career on a fruit farm but really wanting to be a pilot. I've not finished it yet and I don't know if he gets to have a career with horses in the end.
Rennie Goes Riding 's a good book but hardly encourages one to consider working with horses. It's packed with tragedy; maybe she wrote it to discourage those who were not desperate to work with horses. I have read some of the others in the careers series & none seem so black. I don't think the nurse even lost a patient.
I've not read Joan Goes Farming. I just remember being shocked by one of the incidents in Rennie Goes Riding (you will know which one) it was the first time I had encountered such a scenario in a "child's book"
Yes I may review the top 10s in a while and encourage people to check them all out and re-vote if necessary. Also I think we'll need a new 'modern' top 10 as new ones keep appearing.
But back to the careers subject. There seem to be 3 themes in the careers type books: A. Working with horses can be bloomin 'orrible and you'd be better off doing summat else. B. Working with horses can be bloomin 'orrible but its worth perservering. C. Working with horses is all hunky dory.
it would be quite interesting to work out which books fit in which category. Pony Jobs for Jill is defo in A, possibly also the Eventing trilogy. Most career books will probably fall into category B. Clear Round is prob in C as I can't recall anything bad happening in that one. Interesting reading that Fizz commented on some of the non-horsy careers books being all hearts and flowers too. I think Rennie just scrapes into B. although I think it would put a lot of people off so maybe in A!
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susan: hello, first time here. I am looking for various horse/pony books I read as a child. sadly, I cannot remember the titles, only what the story was about and perhaps a few of the characters. can someone help? am I in the correct place to do this? lmk
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Pony_Mad_Girl_😀🐴: woops sorry, do you have Pony Club Secrets or First Day at Pony Club. Orposs
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Pony girl: Susan, have you tried searching for books by Josephine Pullen-Thompson and Stacy Gregg. Hope this helps, Pony Girl 🐴👩🏻
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horse reader: i love horses and pony< do you think you can give me some tips to riding?
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