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.
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
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Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
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cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
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Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
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Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
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Claire: Or even internet lol
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brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
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Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
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aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
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.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
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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