Sandy Ransford worked in publishing for many years before becoming a full-time writer. She is now the prolific author of over 30 books for children, including many titles on horses and riding, dogs and conservation. She lives in the countryside near Welshpool in Wales with her horse, two ponies, two pygmy goats, cats and two sheep, a kitten - oh, and her husband too! Bob Langrish has been taking pictures of the world's most handsome horses and ponies for nearly 30 years, and has been the sole photographer for about 60 equestrian books. He lives in the centre of horse country in the Cotswolds, England.
Gr 3-7 A book even the smallest libraries will want to consider. This title covers the basics and more: stables and pastures; feeding; grooming tools, techniques, and routines; fitting and caring for tack; traveling safely; and health care. The in-depth hints and tips are the kind most often gleaned from people with years of experience with horses (soaking a full haynet in water for a while helps those horses with dust allergies and breathing problems; human sunscreen can be applied to the noses of pink-nosed animals to prevent sunburn). A spread on shoeing demystifies this oft-neglected topic and examines types of shoes and farriers' tools, and provides 15 photographs chronicling the removal of an old shoe and the fitting of a new one. The text is clear even when addressing topics that may be unfamiliar to readers with no background on the subject. Sharp, colorful photographs portray useful, if not always the cleanest and most beautiful aspects of equine care. This book effectively conveys what most do not-the amount of hard work involved in caring for these creatures. The inviting layout features plenty of white space with text artfully interspersed with relevant illustrative material. An excellent offering. -Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.