I had to do a fair bit of travelling by train this weekend so I was able to polish off a decent amount of reading.
I read this one first and I have to say it was brilliant. It is everything you want from horsey literature.
Sympathetic main characters, interesting believable plot, well described incidents and just the right mixture of grit and glamour (enough adversity to be exciting, not so much as to be miserable).
A bay horse, Benedictine, acquires a bad reputation after causing a serious accident in the hunting field by rearing. The heroine schools other peoples horses for a living and takes in Benedictine for a bet to prove that he is not bad, just misunderstood and to save him from the knackers. There are several scrapes and a budding romance before she wins the bet. A splendid story of courage, horsemanship and growing up.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it took me back to reading them years ago. It displayed to a very high degree every quality that made me enjoy the Pullein-Thompson books as a boy and the type of adventures I used to day dream about.
I don’t think I read it when I was younger as I am sure I would have liked it so much that I would have got my own copy.
I will definitely keep this book. Fun and charming, only slightly less good than my absolute favourite “A Day to Go Hunting”
Only thing wrong with this one for me is that it is n't the start of a series.
"The importance of being a good horsemaster should be impressed on every mounted soldier. He should be taught to look upon his horse as his best friend, to study it, to take a pride in its appearance and to look after its wants before his own"
Thanks for the review tintin. I haven't read this book anywhere near as much as most of the authors books. I can't remember reading it as a child at all. I think I'll give it another read shortly to refresh myself.
I thoroughly enjoy this book too. It's aimed at a slightly older audience than the standard pony book - school leavers, rather than school children, though of course it can still be read and enjoyed by the younger readers. The romance is all very light and innocent, but it is nice to see it in the context of a pony book. The Impossible Horse really does combine the traditional pony story with the coming of age story well.
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
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ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
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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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Claire: Hi all, don't forget we will be having a bit of Halloween themed fun with a ghostly group read, a magical film to watch and I will also be adding Halloween themed quizzes.
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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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Claire: Hi all, just to remind you, our group read this Autumn is the new Caroline Akrill book. We are having a change this year and not doing a spooky book as this one is too good to miss!
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