This is a great book! I like everything about this book, and I found it totally
"by accident" one day when I accompanied my Mom to the used book store. I was
waiting for her to pick out what seemed like six months worth of reading
material when I spied this book on the shelf. I picked it up and immediately
had to buy it when I saw that it had a chapter on Fjordhorses.
While the debate may continue as to whether a Fjord is a horse or a pony,
the fact is
most Fjordhorses are technically ponies by height, and they share many of
the common pony characteristics such as being easy keepers, being sound, hardy,
even-tempered, and with good minds. So although I think of my Fjords as small
horses rather than ponies, I was happy to see them in this book.
Actually anyone considering breeding ponies OR horses
would do well to give this book a read.
The author starts out by making those of us in this category seriously question
our motives (and sanity!) as well she should, since breeding is a serious
business, which will result in the addition of more animals to the world. One
needs to be sure that these will actually be wanted and needed animals. This
speaks well to the need to be breeding only quality bloodstock, out of proven
bloodlines, with proven performance potential.
Chapters include information on most pony breeds, how to identify good
prospective broodmares (for example, the "prettiest" mare is not necessarily
the best broodmare -- she must first have good breed type), and how to read and
understand pedigrees. There is a chapter about inbreeding and line breeding
(which I didn't read closely, these practices not being allowed by the
Fjordhorse Registry), how to find a stallion, how to manage and keep a stallion
(with emphasis on keeping him happy, since many stallions lead a rather
solitary existence which goes completely contrary to their natures), breeding
practices, including AI, marketing your stock, and finally the importance of
ponies as a source of valuable genetic material to the horse world in general
(which again didn't apply to me as Fjords are not used for
This is a really good book, the quality of the writing and editing is
impeccable, and I often find myself going back to it for another read, picking
up some new morsel of information every time. I would class it as a must-have
for a pony or horse breeder and very interesting for any horse lover!