This charming story is particularly suited to girls aged between 7 and 11 who love horses and will be enjoyed by many in a wider age range - from 5 to 95! Nicky is looking forward to being given a pony for her seventh birthday and the story follows her progress from pony owner to horsewoman - with an exciting finale. The setting is the harmony of English life in a Lancashire village and features a happy extended family headed by Nicky's grandparents. The country vet makes his rounds, and while horses form the main thread of the story, romance is also in the air. The traditional manners and values portrayed, remind us of bygone days and leave the reader with a warm inner glow.