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pony books? but pref no sad endings ...

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generalhaig Fri 24-Jun-11 22:18:28

dd (8), very able and voracious reader, is also obsessed with animals, especially ponies.

She's just read Follyfoot, Jill's Gymkhana, My Secret Unicorn <boak> and various other horsey books by Linda Chapman, a whole load of short books by Pippa Funnell which take her about 20 seconds, Pony Club Secrets series, and The Silver Brumby but would like more please

She's very sensitive so I'm wary of many animal books where there are sad endings or a main animal character dies (Michael Morpurgo springs to mind) as she is then devastated and I have to pick up the pieces!

Any recommendations? I wasn't particularly into pony books as a child so don't have a stash of memories to fall back on

fuckmepinkandCALLmegoran Fri 24-Jun-11 22:20:06

Sheltie the Shetland Pony?

generalhaig Fri 24-Jun-11 22:38:47

thanks, but I'd forgotten she read all those a couple of years ago (there are dozens of them I seem to recall!), plus the Pony=mad princess series

piprabbit Fri 24-Jun-11 22:39:52

Silver Snaffles - best ever pony book, in the world, ever.

BertieBotts Fri 24-Jun-11 22:44:36

Animal Ark? There are a few about horses or ponies. The main character's parents are vets so there is lots of miraculous saving going on. I also used to like Home Farm twins which is about a pair of spoilt brat twins whose parents own a huge empty farm, and every book they cry a bit at some poor animal's disaster and their parents give in and let them adopt another one, which they admittedly do seem to look after themselves.

WorzselMummage Fri 24-Jun-11 22:44:58

I'm so trying to remember my fav horsy books!

The shanti books by jinny something ??

Also. my friend flicka and thunderhead.

Wonderful smile

WorzselMummage Fri 24-Jun-11 22:46:26

I LOVED those books!

Sossiges Fri 24-Jun-11 22:53:38

Jinny books by Patricia Leitch, I think out of print, so could try ebay

Sossiges Fri 24-Jun-11 22:54:31


meditrina Fri 24-Jun-11 22:54:46

I loved Siver Snaffles too!

You might also like the various Pullein-Thompson books - there were three sisters that wrote (Diana, Chistine and Josephine). They may be out of print (or only available from specialists like GGB). The one's I remember are The First Rosette, The Second Mount, and Three to Ride. Their mother Joanna Cannan also wrote A series of books: A Pony for Jean, Another Pony for Jean (etc)

Also another huge favourite of mine was The Horsemasters (can't remember the author - the one I mean is set in a fanatically strict English riding school, and the main character rides a horse called The Toastrack).

meditrina Fri 24-Jun-11 22:57:48

Just googled it - I think I mean the one by Don Stanford.

Sossiges Fri 24-Jun-11 23:00:01

Judith M. Beresford - Jackie books

WorzselMummage Fri 24-Jun-11 23:06:00

This post isbringing back some memories grin

OutrageousFlavourLikeFreesias Fri 24-Jun-11 23:09:44

How about "My Friend Flicka" by Mary O'Hara? It's set in Wyoming, and it's beautiful - a totally horsey read without being sentimental. Lovely, lovely, lovely, and the polar opposite of My Secret Feckin' Unicorn.

OutrageousFlavourLikeFreesias Fri 24-Jun-11 23:10:01

Sorry, just spotted someone else has already recommended it up the thread!

piprabbit Fri 24-Jun-11 23:10:40

National Velvet and International Velvet are good too.

tabulahrasa Fri 24-Jun-11 23:18:57

Most of the ones I read as a pony obsessed child are there already, but also, the black stallion series by walter farley, king of the wind by marguerite henry

madamehooch Sat 25-Jun-11 07:50:42

The Pony Club Secrets series by Stacy Gregg are very popular in our shop.

MrsJRT Sat 25-Jun-11 07:55:03

What about The Saddle Club books? I seem to remember being obsessed with the trials and tribulations of Stevie, Carol and Lisa. Don't know if they are still available but they were fantastic.

mummytime Sat 25-Jun-11 08:13:44

The New Show jumping ones from Stacy Gregg? Then the Pony Whisperer ones (a bit teenagerish, but not much). I would also recommend Pony magazine, as it actually has a lot of words in, rather than loads of ads.
My DD also read all the Pony Camp ones.

DeWe Sun 26-Jun-11 11:43:33

Monica Edwards wrote adventure stories with ponies in them. Recommend Wish for a Pony or The Midnight Horse if you want ones that are more pony oriented. Ebay usually has some.

careergirl Mon 27-Jun-11 09:05:07

look up Jane Badger Books on google

She has a forum, author info and sells pony books
Also Fidra Publishing they are republishing some classic pony fiction.

I would personally recommend the Jackie and Misty pony books by Judith M Berrisford they are dated I suppose but good fun reading I was about eight when I read those and they usually end happily

careergirl Mon 27-Jun-11 09:05:53

Plus anything by Patricia Leitch inc the Jinny and Shantih @ Finmory books

sprinkles77 Mon 27-Jun-11 09:22:21

black beauty of course...very sad in the middle but a happy ending for the protagonist!

UnSerpentQuiCourt Mon 27-Jun-11 22:20:48

The Good Master is the best book ever.

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