If you love ponies and horses this delightful book is for you. Little Australian Pony Girl is where we will totally move into the horse and pony world; where equestrian carnivals, rodeos and western horse events are a vital part of life. This fascinating tale is told by a young Emily Smith, who lives on a farm in Arcadia, north/west of Sydney. Emily’s life is devoted to taking care of ponies and horses as she moves us through an amazing range of days and weekends that have been taken up with grooming, training and preparing Candy the bay pony and Molly, the Welsh mountain pony for the next show or carnival. As Emily says: “One of the great things about horses is that you learn something new about them every day.” Many equestrian incidents are related: Chester loved peppermints, and knew just where to get them; Bubbles the Brumby became virtually unbeatable in competition and won a huge amount of ribbons after some hard training and Gumnut, the five week old colt won a blue ribbon 1st prize at his first show. What a wonderful surprise. There is also the close friendship between Candy and Nugget: the pet lamb and guess where Beau, the kitten likes to sleep? It truly is a precarious place! The practical aspects shine in this story, much is said on the preparation for the pony shows, the different events, the difficulties and the particular skills required. The Smith family have for generations been immersed in equine activities, so much vital information for horse health and care can be gained just by perusing the pages of this compendium. ‘The Little Australian Pony Girl’ is entertaining and informative, great for personal reading and an awesome gift. Blue ribbons for this book!
(review of free book)