Here at Dappled Grey, our bookcases bulge with horse and riding books, but none have more captured our heart, nor are any more well-worn, than our copy of Dorothy Henderson Pinch’s 1966 classic “Happy Horsemanship.”
If we were to give a child one horse book, this would be it – and we have many times. The simple, though expressive, black and white line drawings and sparing text belie the wisdom on its pages – all written from the horse’s perspective. (Brilliant!)
We still enjoy this book as adults, but if you are looking for a book for a horse-crazy child, we think there is no better primer on care and grooming, basic safety, clear and proper use of the aids, and how to be your horse’s best friend. In a word, horsemanship.
Still a strong seller at major book retailers, purchase a new copy or, as we do, find a previously-loved version with the original red cover.
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