The perfect gift for the child who has been smitten with the horse and pony bug! Packed with specially commissioned photos, this handsome reference gathers all the essential information the aspiring young rider wants to know as well as the fun and romance of the world of horses and ponies. The topics covered include everything from practical advice on tack, dressage, and first riding lessons, to how to approach, groom, and tend to a horse or pony. There's a wealth of information about the different breeds as well as important advice on pony health, safety, and how to choose the right pony. Detailed photo sequences take more experienced riders through the more advanced riding skills, and offer an inside look at the workings of a stable. An illustrated glossary and index round out this handsome and informative gift book.