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    Question Non fiction horse books for children?

    We have two young girls, ages 10 and 14 who help out around the barn where I board, in exchange for riding time. I would like to buy them each a horse related book for Christmas-something with good info, not too frou-frou, but able to keep a kids interest. Would also consider a quality fiction book. Any good ideas?



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    When I was that age, I loved the books with pictures of breeds, and descriptions of tack and different disciplines. Heck, I still love them, and buy a new one every time I see it! I'm particularly fond of the ones published by DK Publishing, Barnes & Noble has a nice one for about $10, it's about trade paperback sizeI can't seem to find it at the mo. I'll see if I can find it and get back to you

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    I have a copy of the book I'm talking about, unfortunately it's packed away somewhere. Let me see if I can find it tomorrow, and I will call up the ISBN for you.

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    Get them a Pony Club manual, either whichever level is most appropriate or start with the D manual and then get them the others each year as they grow



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    I loved Marguerite Henry's "Born to Trot". Based on a true story with lots of interesting horse information. I remember not being able to put it down.



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    AHA!! I think I found it, I'm pretty sure mine doesn't have the colours around the outside, but mine could be a lot older
    http://www.amazon.com/Horses-DK-Pock...=cm_cr_pr_pb_tSince it's Amazon, you can look inside the book too!

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    Cherry Hill put out a book for children on horse care. I don't own it so haven't read it but I browsed it in the bookstore the other day and you might want to consider it: Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids. Fugly recommended it a year or so ago, as well.

    Except that most kids wouldn't care for a used book as a gift, I would recommend Pony Care by Jean Slaughter [Doty], which was pretty thorough for kids but not over their heads.

    But I, too, always loved those picture books of breeds. I used to get mine at Kmart, published usually by Octopus books or Cathay but I really did soak those up, and for today's readers the DK books are really lovely, like ladybugred said.



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    Assuming you can find it, Famouse Horses and their People was one of my favorite library books when I was that age.

    But the USPC manuals are a good idea too (I often recommend them to folks).
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    "The Perfect Distance" by Kim Ablon Whitney is a good young adult book set in the Medal/Maclay world — fiction, but Whitney is a show judge so she knows of what she writes.

    "Seabiscuit" wouldn't be above a smart 14-year-old's head.

    Everyone needs a copy of George Morris, no?
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    Definitely the Pony Club manuals!

    It's probably too young for the 14 year old, but Happy Horsemanship was one of my favorite books when I was around 10:

    http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Horseman...0186475&sr=8-1



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    Quote Originally Posted by InWhyCee Redux View Post
    "The Perfect Distance" by Kim Ablon Whitney is a good young adult book set in the Medal/Maclay world — fiction, but Whitney is a show judge so she knows of what she writes.

    My daughter is 14 and read this a year or 2 ago (actually read it more than once). She's a stickler for accurate portrayal when it comes to horse books (well, any book for that matter).

    The USPC manuals are great and I also recommend them.

    A few other books that are high on our list are:

    Lessons with Lendon: by Lendon Gray
    Riding for Kids: Judy Richter
    Your Horse, Your Pony: Cherry Hill
    KISS - Guide to carinf ro your Horse: Moira C. Harris


    I could come up with a few more - we have a HUGE non-fiction horse library. Daughter is an avid reader!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rallycairn View Post
    Cherry Hill put out a book for children on horse care. I don't own it so haven't read it but I browsed it in the bookstore the other day and you might want to consider it: Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids. Fugly recommended it a year or so ago, as well.
    this is a great one! i've used it as the basis of a summer camp program before, each kid got a copy and we would go over different sections during the non-riding times of camp. good solid information and an easy, clear format for kids to understand. love it!
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    As a younger kid, I too loved those big books with lots of pictures - The Wonderful World Of Horses, the Colorful World of Horses - but the one I pored over was The Encylopedia of The Horse. I dog-eared that book - it had breeds, disciplines, care, training. I didn't have a horse of my own and rarely got to ride. That book was the next best thing.
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