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  • Fidra Books - Pony Club Team
    not as bad as that said Mrs Holbrooke Well look at our Pony Club said the Major Just because those children can pass and back rein and turn from the halt make their ponies canter on a given leg and do what they think is changing legs you and Harry and all of them think they can ride None of you realise the enormous difference between executing these few simple movements and executing them with the precision and accuracy and the science and the skill which constitutes horsemanship Half the world can draw but how many of them are artists What these children don t realise he went on is that any one who is properly taught can reach the stage which they have but that it is only by their own effort and energy that they will go beyond it But you can t expect every one to take riding as seriously as you do said Mrs Holbrooke After all there are tennis and swimming and team games there are the theatre and the cinema and a hundred other amusements to fill the meagre time left to the modern child by school and homework Well there s a certain responsibility in having a horse or pony said the Major You can t treat it like a tennis racket and if they re going to ride they must leave out a few of the other amusements and take it seriously I don t see how you re going to persuade them to do that said Mrs Holbrooke The Major helped himself to a slice of chocolate cake If I could get hold of a few of the very keen ones he said thoughtfully and give them some really concentrated instruction for about a week or ten days I believe that I could show them what real riding is like and then afterwards they would always have something at which to aim Well if it s only a week or ten days you want them for why on earth don t you have them asked Mrs Holbrooke Have them said the Major But my dear Carol the keen members are scattered all over Barsetshire and I can t teach dressage to children mounted on unfit ponies which have already hacked seven or eight miles Can t we have the ponies to stay suggested Mrs Holbrooke And the children too for that matter It would be rather fun this place has been much too quiet lately There certainly wouldn t be any quiet if we had half the Pony Club staying here said the Major and I don t suppose much of the place would be left standing either They d be nice friends for Henry said Mrs Holbrooke I suppose that you ve forgotten that your nephew is coming to stay for three weeks Oh heavens I had forgotten said the Major I suppose I shall have to find something for him to ride Well I ll think over this mad scheme of yours and I might sound the members at the test day next week The industry among the members of the West Barsetshire Pony Club was quite exceptional during the week end before test day Every one seemed to be borrowing books on stable management from every one else and then persuading their brothers sisters friends or parents to ask them the points of the horse or questions about splints and spavins A horse s temperature in health is between 99 degrees and 101 degrees muttered Noel as she collected an apple and a halter with which to catch Sonnet Young horses and thoroughbreds have higher temperatures than ordinary horses There are two kinds of colic spasmodic and flatulent she murmured as she climbed the gate into Farmer Trent s forty acre meadow where Sonnet was turned out I m sure I shall fail she thought as she walked towards the four chestnut trees under which Sonnet always sheltered on hot days Noel s heart filled as always with love and pride when her little grey mare whinnied and appeared from the shadow of the trees Sonnet might not be a show pony but with her finely made head which had a faintly Arabian look about it her kind eye dappled coat and darker mane and tail she was everything that Noel desired One day she would be a good jumper and really well schooled but at the moment life was rather disheartening it seemed that when at last the term with its prep and netball matches was over one s parents merely dragged one away from one s pony to go on a beastly lecturing tour Noel rode Sonnet back across the field and put her into the portable loose box which Professor Kettering had bought for her when he had been paid the royalties on his book about Egypt Then fetching The Complete Horsemaster which John Manners had loaned her Noel settled down under an apple tree in the garden Laminitis or fever of the feet is an inflamed condition of the fleshy leaves beneath the wall of the hoof and covering the coffin bone read Noel Down at Lower Basset Farm John Manners shut his book with an angry bang He was fed up with buffers and rasps and pincers and pritchels his head felt stuffy and his eyes ached he was sure that he knew less about shoeing than when he had begun to swot it up He would take Turpin for a ride before lunch he decided a ride with a gallop so that he could forget all about test day After all it would be quite bad enough when he failed the exam without ruining his life beforehand For once Turpin was in a field close to the farm so it didn t take long to bring him into the stable which he shared with two cart horses No risen clenches thought John looking at his shoes and I see Hodges shod you

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  • Fidra News › Lost Password
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  • Fidra Books - Bookshop
    Latest Four Plus Bunkle by M Pardoe More information Jill s Riding Club by Ruby Ferguson More information bookshops In November 2007 we opened Edinburgh s only specialist bookshop for children The Children s Bookshop The bookshop has been a great success we were one of The Bookseller s bookshops to watch in 2008 and have recently been short listed for Independent Bookshop of the Year and Independent Children s Bookshop of the Year Encouraged by the bookshop s success we decided to open The Fidra Gallery summer exhibition of work by children s illustrators In September 2009 the gallery became The Edinburgh Bookshop The Edinburgh Bookshop is sister shop to The Children s Bookshop and is Edinburgh s best independent bookshop We pride ourselves in stocking an eclectic range of books we love from the classics to the quirky and from beautifully illustrated non fiction titles to the funkiest cult novel We are sure that we can find the right book for every type of reader a personal shopping service for books as one harrassed parent once descibed us Ordering Obviously we don t have room for absolutely every title so we re happy to order books and delivery

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  • Fidra Books - Events
    Vivian French Cathy Cassidy Catherine Rayner and Steve Augarde and will be welcoming a number of others authors If you d like to be kept updated with the occasional email about upcoming events then please join our mailing list All events are free unless otherwise stated but places are limited and tickets must be booked prior to the event The Edinburgh Bookshop At The Edinburgh Bookshop we have previously been

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