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I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the two goldmines for information on the horse book genre. Jane Badger in the UK is a wonderfully opinionated resource, offering intelligent critique as well as bibliographic info. Ponydom bases its ratings on user reviews and is, I think, less interesting as a result, but very strong on the US material.

I rediscovered some childhood favourites and read some great new-to-me books based on these recs, most notably Caroline Akrill's Eventing Trilogy - very funny and with some effective class critique, but icky sexual politics - and Jean Slaughter Doty's The Monday Horses and The Crumb, both brilliant on corruption in hunter/jumpers.

I've started riding seriously again after seven years out of it, and the temptation to write YA horse books is making my typing fingers itch. Jane Badger, of course, has a good overview of what's going on with pony books today...

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