The Kids' Horse Book


72 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations
ISBN 1-895688-07-8
DDC j636.1





Reviewed by Pat Galloway

Pat Galloway is the resource librarian for the Toronto & District Parent
Co-operative Preschool Corporation.


This fact- and activity-filled guide to the world of horses and their
equine kin packs so much “horsey” information into its 72 pages that
the young horse enthusiast, aged 8 to 12, will want to refer to it again
and again.

With well-designed and fast-paced sections of two to four pages, The
Kids’ Horse Book conveys both the joy and complexity of riding and
horse care in a concise, readable manner. The abundance of detailed
illustrations and humorous drawings complements a text that is
instructive but not needlessly technical. The photographs of riders and
their mounts will appeal to every child who has ever yearned for a pony
in the backyard.

There is something for every level of interest and expertise in this
book. From horse history to riding equipment and techniques, this book
misses none of the basics required for a solid beginner’s knowledge of
the subject. “Popular Pony Breeds,” for instance, offers
illustrations and brief, accurate descriptions of 20 well-known pony
types. The tempting array of quizzes, games, and puzzles invites the
more knowledgeable reader to test his or her skill at equine trivia.
“Jump Off!”, a board game across two pages, lets show-jumping fans
negotiate a wild and demanding course of fences.

This book is one of the best short introductions to horses and riding
that I have seen. It offers an engaging and eclectic overview that will
no doubt lead to further reading, and its participatory approach to
learning about horses will be enjoyed by parent and child alike. Highly


Funston, Sylvia., “The Kids' Horse Book,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 19, 2024,