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Random memory...riding and pony care book from the 1980s

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Deliaskis · 28/03/2023 11:36

So I am just thinking back to my childhood and remember a book that my sister and I used to share, devoured from cover to cover many times. It was about learning to ride and also pony care. I wonder if anybody else had the same one?

From what I remember it was:

  • Brown cover, laminated paperback, with a photo of a girl with a pony in a possible round shape on the front.
  • Girl may or may not have been wearing a pony club tie but was anyway I think dressed in cream jods, brown jod boots, shirt and tie. It may have been a pony club publication but I can't remember.
  • It was a paperback normal 'fiction' sized book, i.e. a bit smaller than A5, and was a couple of cm thick, quite thick paper. Definitely not an annual.
  • Inside, it was black and white, with pencil illustrations.
  • Of its era in terms of quite strict expectations about smart dress for riding etc. but far less about hats and so on! They had a sketch of a riding school out for a hack all in tweed jackets and so on.
  • Had quite a bit, considering I am sure it was aimed at children, about conformation, and about health, I remember sketches of a horse with pigeon toes, cow hocks, strangles etc.


Does anybody remember anything like this?
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maxelly · 28/03/2023 13:22

The pony club manual of horsemanship? I'm not sure if I'm remembering mine or my children's copy but I think it was a blue cover and photo illustrations not line drawings but there were presumably earlier editions and it was definitely quite strict on things like proper attire for riding (recommended a shirt and tie for hacking, with either a 'ratcatcher' hacking jacket or a PC sweater over the top, and IIRC correctly you were to touch your hat and wish a good morning/afternoon to any pedestrians you encountered!). Those were the days eh?

Deliaskis · 28/03/2023 13:38

Ah I know that book and yes there were similarities in style in terms of smart attire for riding etc. But it isn't that one.

These days I do my fair share of thanking drivers (not necessarily by touching my hat) but just as much time scowling and mouthing 'SLOW (the f*) DOWN'!

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Stugs · 29/03/2023 13:12

Practical Pony Keeping?

I must have read it 100 times.

Smidge001 · 29/03/2023 13:14

Don't suppose it was this?

Random memory...riding and pony care book from the 1980s
Deliaskis · 29/03/2023 16:25

Neither of those, but they both look marvellous!

Old pony book nostalgia is more fun than I realised :)

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Stugs · 29/03/2023 16:53

It wouldn't have been one of thenpony club books would it? Not the manual of horsemanship but the smaller offshoots

Random memory...riding and pony care book from the 1980s
dogrilla · 29/03/2023 16:59

Oh my god!! Massive flashback - I had that book! Brown - sort of matte laminated cover? Have just looked through my old pony books but can't find it... Is going to drive me mad.

dogrilla · 29/03/2023 17:08

This isn't the one I'm thinking of - but just in case... same sort of era?

Random memory...riding and pony care book from the 1980s
Stugs · 29/03/2023 17:09

Bet it was one of these

Random memory...riding and pony care book from the 1980s
Stugs · 29/03/2023 17:10

dogrilla · 29/03/2023 17:08

This isn't the one I'm thinking of - but just in case... same sort of era?

That fits the description!

Deliaskis · 16/05/2023 13:38

dogrilla · 29/03/2023 16:59

Oh my god!! Massive flashback - I had that book! Brown - sort of matte laminated cover? Have just looked through my old pony books but can't find it... Is going to drive me mad.

Sorry to bump over a month later, but I missed these replies originally, and I reckon your flashback might be the one. The brown covered one you posted looks quite similar, but I don't remember it being a ladybird book, and the one I had sounds like what you describe.

Anyway, thank you for thinking and having flashbacks, even if the actual book remains a mystery!

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JesusMaryAndJosephAndTheWeeDon · 16/05/2023 13:44

I don't think I know the one you mean but this was my Bible

I loved it!

Was yours definitely paperback? I had memory of a brownish book the size of a paperback but it was hardback.

Random memory...riding and pony care book from the 1980s
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