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The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse & Pony Encyclopedia by Sandy Ransford is a fantastic gift for children who dream of having a horse or pony of their own. There is a clear introduction to the horse followed by chapters explaining horse and pony care, riding lessons, and breeds. The encyclopedia is packed full of gorgeous photographs of horses and ponies — showing how they look, what they do, and where in the world they are found. And of course every horse lover wants to ride, and The Kingfisher ...

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Overview

The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse & Pony Encyclopedia by Sandy Ransford is a fantastic gift for children who dream of having a horse or pony of their own. There is a clear introduction to the horse followed by chapters explaining horse and pony care, riding lessons, and breeds. The encyclopedia is packed full of gorgeous photographs of horses and ponies — showing how they look, what they do, and where in the world they are found. And of course every horse lover wants to ride, and The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse & Pony Encyclopedia takes the novice rider from first mount to cantering and galloping.

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Editorial Reviews

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Children's Literature

An extensive reference guide for horse lovers with vibrant photographs, a glossary, an index, and website, this title would be a great addition to any book collection.

School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—This revision is virtually identical to the 2004 edition, except for updated websites and some minor changes in the text. Every photograph is the same, but they have held up well and do not look dated. They actually have more "pop" here in terms of clarity, contrast, and brightness, and will provide hours of enjoyable browsing or an opportunity to find pertinent information. The first section focuses on the horse itself—breeds, life cycle, domestication, and anatomy. The next section covers many areas of horse management, including feeding, housing, grooming, health care and first aid, and equipment. The third section examines the various aspects of riding, both western and English, although the majority of the photos feature English saddlery. This striking book would be an asset to any collection, but if you have the earlier edition, purchase it only if there is a real need for a second copy.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
Children's Literature
Horses have been assisting people for years, providing us with transportation, helping us fight battles and plowing fields for farmers. The Arabian horse is considered a hotblooded horse that originated in Saudi Arabia and is known for its gentle and courageous nature. Breeds of coldblooded horses include the Suffolk, Clydesdale and Noriker. Most types of horses and ponies are warmblooded including the Lipizzaner, Pinto and Appaloosa. Horses and ponies get along and enjoy being with other animals but require a big commitment from their owners. Ponies need regular exercise, shelter, food and water, and companionship. Grooming is also very important to keeping a pony in good health. Riding lessons may be a good idea if you want to compete or show your horse or just take trail rides with friends. Friendly instructors, happy horses and a tidy tack room are all things to look for when deciding where to take lessons. An extensive reference guide for horse lovers with vibrant photographs, a glossary, an index, and website, this title would be a great addition to any book collection. 2004, Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 8 to 14.
—Michele Wilbur
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753464854
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 131,559
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy Ransford has over 30 books for children to her credit. These include titles on horses and riding, dogs, fashion for kids, and conservation - as well as many activity, game and puzzle books. She is the author of all of the books in the Kingfisher Riding Club series - First Riding Lessons, Horses & Ponies, Horse & Pony Breeds, and Horse & Pony Care - as well as Horse & Pony Factfile.

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Table of Contents

Introducing the horse 4
Natural world of horses 6
Life cycle of the horse 8
Domestication of the horse 10
Types of horses 12
Points of a horse 14
Colors 16
Markings 18
What is a breed? 20
Hotblood horses 22
Arabian 24
Thoroughbred 26
Anglo-Arab, Barb, Akhal-Teke 28
Coldblood horses 30
Ardennais, Boulonnais 31
Percheron, Suffolk 32
Shire, Clydesdale 34
Belgian Draft, Noriker, Friesian, Dutch Draught 36
Warmblood horses 38
Swedish Warmblood, Selle Francais 39
Competition breeds 40
Oldenburg, Gelderlander, French Trotter, Camargue 42
Przewalski's Horse, Tarpan 44
Irish Draught, Hackney Horse, Cleveland Bay 46
Andalusian, Lusitano, Lipizzaner 48
Morgan, Criollo, Quarter Horse 50
Pinto, Palomino, Appaloosa 52
Tennessee Walking Horse, American Saddlebred, Missouri Foxtrotter, Standardbred 54
Mustang, Waler 56
Pony breeds 57
Dartmoor, Exmoor, Connemara, New Forest 58
Welsh Sections A, B, C, and D 60
Fell, Dales, Highland 62
Fjord, Icelandic, Haflinger 64
New breeds of the U.S. 66
Caspian, Chincoteague and Assateague, Basuto, Boer 68
Australian, Falabella, Shetland, Hackney Pony 70
Keeping a pony 72
Providing company 73
What a pony needs 74
Ways to keep a pony 76
Where to keep a pony 78
A barn of your own 80
Stable management 82
Choosing a pasture 84
Caring for a pasture 86
Turning out and catching 88
Feeding a pony 90
The rules of feeding 91
Different kinds of feed 92
A diet for your pony 94
Grooming a pony 96
Grooming equipment 97
Grooming routines 98
Hoof and foot care 100
Washing a pony 102
Clipping a pony 104
Choosing a blanket 106
Other care routines 108
Care after exercise 109
Shoeing a pony 110
Traveling safely 112
Summer and winter care 114
Health care 116
Signs of good health 117
Health routines 118
First aid 120
Common ailments 122
Caring for a sick pony 124
Before you start 126
Why take riding lessons? 127
Where to take riding lessons 128
Clothes to wear for riding 130
Types of ponies 132
A pony's tack 134
Saddles and girths 135
Bridles and bits 136
Western tack 138
Fitting and caring for tack 140
Saddling up 142
Putting on a bridle 144
First lessons 146
Meeting your pony 147
Getting to know a pony 148
Mounting 150
Dismounting 152
How to sit in the saddle 154
The aids 156
On the lunge or lead line 158
On your own 160
Turning left and right 162
Learning to trot 164
Cantering 166
Riding at top speed 168
Western riding 170
In the arena 172
Riding in a group 173
Exercises in the arena 174
Without stirrups and reins 176
Exercises in the saddle 178
Looking forward 180
Road safety 181
Trail riding 182
Your first jumping lessons 184
Jumping higher 186
Simple dressage 188
Advanced riding 190
Taking part in events 192
Getting ready for a show 194
Going to a show 196
Fun and games 198
Show jumping classes 200
Showing and dressage tests 202
Cross-country 204
Training and driving 206
Breaking in a horse 208
How to drive a horse 210
Harnesses and vehicles 212
Specially trained horses 214
Glossary 216
Index 220
Web sites and acknowledgments 224
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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Horse Happy

    This book is the ULTIMATE guide of Horse & Pony!!! It tells you everything you need to know from Horse & Pony breeds to Show Jumping & Dressage!!! I have memorized the WHOLE book. And you will too... once you read it. It is also great for beginners with Horses & Ponnies. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book :)

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