Ten Horsey Christmas Presents

Here are my suggestions * for what to give the Horsey person in your life – and all of these can be ordered from the comfort of your own armchair:

  1. At number one, it has to be the lovely hardback, “Coffee Table” style, beautifully illustrated Hollywood Hoofbeats: Trails Blazed Across the Silver Screen by Petrine Day Mitchum (yes, she’s the daughter of screen legend Robert Mitchum – and an expert on horses and films in her own right) and Audrey Pavia. £22

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  1. If £22 is a bit pricey, Lights Camera Gallop! The Story of the Horse in Film (by Lesley Lodge) is £11.95 in paperback and is also illustrated. (Or only £1.99 in the Kindle version)

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  1. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. This is the book that inspired the film and the play. £3.49 in paperback (and there’s a deal where for only £10 you can get two other paperbacks with it) or – because this book is a keeper – £7.99 in hardback
  1. A Good Horse is Never a Bad Colour by Mark Rashid. Paperback. This book is packed with advice and hints for getting the best from your horse but each piece of advice is conveyed through a fascinating story. £12.99 in paperback, £16.99 in hardback.

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  1. A Standard Journey by Jackie Parry. An amazing story about how Jackie and Noel rescued five horses, sold everything they had and trekked along part of Australia’s majestic Bicentennial National Trail. £12.99 in paperback.

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  1. A game perhaps? Horse-Opoly is a bit like Monopoly but with horses! The board features different breeds of horses and each property deed teaches players a little about that breed of horse. Players can choose to be a bail of hay, saddle, horseshoe, horse trailer, bag of oats, or a boot. For 2 to 6 players. £19.76
  1. How about a bag? There’s the Ladies Horse Canvas Satchel Messenger Saddle Shoulder School Cross Body Bag. £7.99 and available in different colours.

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  1. Practical Horse Whispering (Threshold picture guides). A paperback guide to bonding with your horse. £5.95

 9. A stocking filler perhaps? The Coloring Book of Horses Stress Reducing Art Therapy offers two sorts of colouring-in. For Adults or younger. By Lesley Lodge with drawings by two artists: Antonio Reche Martinez and Tom Campey. £5.50

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  1. The ultimate stocking filler idea for girls: Easy to use, High Quality Nail Art For Every Occasion! Horse. These are tiny horse stickers to add on to fingernails. A snip at £1.99 (Amazon helpfully tells us this works out at £79.60 per kilo!)

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* Disclosure – ok, two of the above books are written by me….

Horse and Pony Colours: Which one would you choose? (Colourful Christmas present?)

“A good horse is never a bad color!” I absolutely agree. But, just supposing you could choose the perfect colour for your horse – or the horse or pony of your dreams, which colour would it be?

When I had the idea for my third book, I knew of course that horses come in many colours and many combinations of colours – but I didn’t even guess that there are over fifty recognised horse colours. Yes fifty! Amazingly, the specialist website The Horse Colors Site  identifies over fifty different horse colours  – and that’s not counting the standard bay colour. They’re all listed at: http://www.horsecolor.com/

My own favourite – and I’m guessing the favourite of a good few of you out there – is Palomino. I could be influenced by childhood memories of Trigger and Mr Ed and that holiday job I had on a Palomino stud farm.

But, but, but…. I like the pure black ones, the dappled greys and the spotted ones too. and the cremellos and the buckskins and, and…

Anyhow, check out Horse and Pony Colours: Which one would you choose? Out early December 2013 in paperback or kindle, with colour photos. There a little bit of science too and a link to a website where you can enter the colour of the sire and dam to get a prediction of what colours the foal might be.    

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