This is a really good book which covers a lot of ground in a short space and does n't feel in any way skimped.
After having read "Jerry" it was a pleasant surprise to be reading another Exmoor Pony story, albeit this time a present day one.
Both horses and people in this book are pleasing characters.
The Katy of the title lives on a farm on Exmoor with two ponies (Jacko and Trifle) and a foal (Tinkerbell.) Trifle is dam to Tinkerbell.
The story involves the subjects of bringing up a foal, horse agility and being over horsed.
Katy's friend Alice has a new, highly strung competition pony called Viking. She succeeds very well on him but starts to stop enjoying her riding. There are interesting discussions on how you know something is not working and when to stop.
Of great interest to me was the character of James, a boy with autism, who makes great progress through his friendship with Katy's horses and participation in horse agility events.This was very interesting to me as I have spent a lot of my time in recent years helping a man with Aspergers and ADHD.James is convincing and his character is probably on the right place in the spectrum to be convincing, but not depressing, introduction to the type of issues involved.
A very good hearted book about people overcoming everyday (but no less challenging) problems while having fun with their ponies. Straightforward enough for the young, but deep enough for the old.
"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"
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
Oct 14, 2020 15:09:39 GMT 1
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.
Oct 28, 2020 13:53:38 GMT 1
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Pony_Mad_Girl_😀🐴: woops sorry, do you have Pony Club Secrets or First Day at Pony Club. Orposs
Nov 4, 2020 15:31:57 GMT 1
Pony girl: Susan, have you tried searching for books by Josephine Pullen-Thompson and Stacy Gregg. Hope this helps, Pony Girl 🐴👩🏻
Nov 4, 2020 15:38:55 GMT 1
amber marshall: I found this web sight and wanted to see if any of my heartland fans are here
Feb 26, 2021 17:19:27 GMT 1
Claire: Happy Easter all. Spring quizzes added, also there is a spring group read starting soon!
Apr 2, 2021 12:24:38 GMT 1
katie: I think its time for a new marshmellow
Apr 28, 2021 15:31:26 GMT 1
sofa: hi claire, i was wondering if amber marshall actually commented on here or was it someone pretending to be her
Apr 28, 2021 15:43:15 GMT 1
Bee Movie: According to all known laws of aviation,
there is no way a bee should be able to fly.
Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground.
The bee, of course, flies anyway
because bees don't care
Apr 28, 2021 15:44:22 GMT 1
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horse reader: i love horses and pony< do you think you can give me some tips to riding?
Jul 19, 2021 0:41:22 GMT 1
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!
Oct 30, 2021 20:03:55 GMT 1
Claire: Happy Christmas to all - don't forget to check out the Christmas quiz section, take part in the festive reading group and win some great prizes!
Dec 24, 2021 12:04:41 GMT 1
oheroewahrohr: have a good day!
Feb 18, 2022 20:02:34 GMT 1
ZZ: HI! HAVE A GREAT DAY!
Feb 24, 2022 20:47:45 GMT 1
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cutie: I love horses!
Apr 19, 2022 16:56:20 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all don't forget we have the usual Christmas quizzes and competitions in the Quizzes & Puzzles section. Happy Christmas !
Dec 22, 2022 14:51:34 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all I will keep the Christmas quizzes up til the end of the month then remove the Christmas sub-board to the forum members only section.
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