Other than horses and riding, another of my absolute favourite pastimes is reading about horses and riding. I know, surprising isn't it? More to the point, I like reading vintage pony books. These are what made me quite as pony mad as I am today. Yes I was lucky enough to have ponies, but what fuelled my imagination and passion for riding was reading about all the adventures these fictional characters had with their ponies in the days before health and safety came along. Days when gymkhanas and hunting were the highlight of horse ownership, when ponies got fed oats and hay, and had lots of work. When parents would let you take your horses on holiday with you and you would meet fellow pony mad cousins or friends for wild adventures.
I recently got a load of books back from a cousin who had had them for the last 10 years and I am enjoying re-reading them all. There is something rather comforting about snuggling up with an old book (which smell amazing by the way!) and revisiting old friends such as David and Pat (The First Rosette) Jan and the rather dotty Jervis family (Jumping Jan) and the fat highland ponies Mouse and Shadow as they attempt hunting in the highlands of Scotland (Ponies in the Heather)
So, in a completely selfless, doing this for my blog only kind of way, my version of Throwback Thursday's will be a review of all these wonderful books.
The biggest challenge will be deciding which book to start with! Any suggestions?