A complete guide to buying and caring for your first pony
Aimed at the first-time pony owner, this book provides sound and practical advice on all aspects of finding, buying and caring for a pony. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Pony Care: A Complete Guide to Buying and Caring for Your First Pony is an essential step-by-step guide for the non-horsey parent. Topics include:
- Points to consider before buying, how to find and try the right pony and when to buy
- Where to keep the pony, transport
- Daily routine, feeding, health and exercise
- Shoeing, tack and equipment, clipping and turnout
- Selling the pony.
Written in an accessible and light-hearted style, readers will benefit from Alison’s wealth of experience and gain a true insight into what is involved in owning a pony.
Reviews for Pony Care
Soon became our riding ‘bible’… Pony Care is an excellent equine handbook and should be regarded as obligatory reading for anyone thinking of getting into horse riding and more importantly, horse ownership. One to be kept on the bedside table, in the stable or in the horse float.
British Country Sports
Pony Care by Alison Pocklington is a complete guide to buying and caring for your first pony… It’s one of those must have books and will not only be a good read for parents… This is a book that you will keep returning to again and again until you become the pony expert! It’s definitely a good read and one that will keep the interest of pony mad children desperate to own their own pony, as it shows them exactly what is involved…
Northern Horse Magazine
You may well be saying to yourself ‘not another first-pony book’ but I can assure you that this one is better than most. It is long, comprehensive, with lots of sound advice and, although covering all the things parents want and/or need to know, it also has colour photos and other illustrations on just about every page, which will help retain the interest of children, too.
This book gives children new to ponies or people who perhaps are not so familiar with the equestrian world an insight into what it is really like to be involved with horses as a full-time commitment…This book is a must-have for all horse involved parents who are seeking advice; people who are considering it; people who are wondering what comes with owning a pony or children who are pony mad.
The book is very cleverly laid out with the starting process of stepping into the equestrian world giving clear instructions and images. It is very honest and gives great sound advice in every aspect of what to look for when searching and buying a pony, to the realities and costs involved in the everyday care. Every page has wonderful informative images and checklists to know what to buy or giving helpful tips. If you are thinking of buying a pony or your first horse, then buy this first before the pony purchase. It will save time, mistakes and actually save you money in the long run. As every horse and pony owners know, any saved pennies are a bonus in the cost of their care.
Very accurately aimed at the growing army of non-horsey parents who finally cave in to the ‘please can I have a pony’ pleas. This book is easy to read, its information clear and easy to understand and is illustrated with delightful colour photographs throughout. The chapters on when is the right time to buy and how to find the right pony are extremely useful, especially for parents who come from a non-horsey background. Often parents give into the pleas for a pony without knowing the reality of ownership, the sheer, constant hard work and seemingly bottomless financial demand. This book does not gloss over this and make pony ownership sound a completely wonderful experience, instead it gives a warts and all account of the joys and pitfalls of pony ownership.
Horse & Pony, Ireland