Interview With A Carriage Driving Instructor

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Thank you to Amy Resch Barker of Matthew’s Promise Farm for taking the time to answer my questions about carriage driving. She is the first interview in an informational series I am creating to introduce kids to different horse sports through the Allpony website, blog posts, social media and a new activity book!

Amy teaches children and adults how to drive horse and pony drawn carriages, and rehabs and trains rescue horses, ponies, and mules to be driving companions. I found her story to be inspiring and I hope you do too! Continue Reading…

J.McLaughlin Sip & Shop Event

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If you live near central NC, join us Wednesday, November 14 from 2 – 6pm for a J.McLaughlin shopping event that benefits Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program! I’ll be there selling the Horses & Ponies Activity Book with 15% of all sales going back to this wonderful organization. Helping Horse has provided therapeutic horseback riding lessons to individuals with special needs in the Raleigh, NC area since 1989. They provide their riders the opportunity to reach their full potential and experience joy through connections with horses and volunteers. J.McLaughlin is a clothing store that has high quality apparel with an equestrian twist. I’m a fan of both Helping Horse and J.McLaughlin, and I hope you can join us at this event! Continue Reading…

5 Star Award Winner Review by Kimberlee J Benart

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If you have a youngster who is crazy for everything “horsey” and whose heart beats faster just thinking about the next pony ride, then the Horses & Ponies Activity Book: Introduction to Horses & Horseback Riding by Susan DiFelice is for you. Even children only mildly interested in horses will find plenty of fun things to engage them. The book is illustrated in full color. Topics include riding safety, grooming, types of tack, parts of bridles and saddles, parts of the horse, horse and pony terms, coat colors, face and leg markings, gaits, horse sports, horse and pony breeds, and even how to tie a quick release knot. DiFelice, a lifelong rider herself, wrote the book based on the horsemanship lessons she taught her own children. Continue reading…

Jack Magnus 5 Star Review for Readers’ Favorite

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Horses & Ponies Activity Book: Introduction to Horses & Horseback Riding makes learning about horsemanship fun, and it does so in a highly effective and memorable way. DiFelice’s book is jam-packed with information, but it also includes puzzles, mazes, quizzes and word searches to ensure that readers retain what they’ve read and make that knowledge their own. I loved learning, finally, what the “hand” measurement actually was and how the different breeds of horses differed in temperament. I also found her discussions on equine terminology and grooming to be fascinating. While this book is geared toward younger riders, anyone who loves horses should give this fun and informative book a read. DiFelice has honed the essentials of horsemanship into an interactive book that works so very well. Horses & Ponies Activity Book: Introduction to Horses & Horseback Riding is most highly recommended. Continue reading…

Marta Tandori Review for Readers’ Favorite

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Never losing sight of the fact that learning can be fun, DiFelice integrates the information with interactive activities like mazes, word searches, crosswords, coloring, object finds within a picture, and even an old-fashioned paper pony doll. All of these activities require different intellectual and motor skills which challenge young readers while entertaining them. And for those in doubt, the answers to all the questions and mazes are provided in the back of the book. The author’s background as an artist and digital designer have held her in good stead, as each page of the activity book is colorful and bursting with images, beckoning young fingers to trace, to point, and to seek the objects buried within each picture. Continue reading…

Fall Festival & Horse Show

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Allpony will have horse and fall themed crafts and activity books for sale at the Fall Festival & Horse Show at the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC). The event takes place on Sat. November 17 from 10 – 1:00 and … Continued

Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers’ Favorite

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  Readers Favorite has given Horses & Ponies Activity Book – the first book in the Allpony – Horsemanship for kids series by Susan DiFelice a prestigious 5-Star rating. Readers Favorite is the fastest growing review site on the web … Continued

*5 Star* Book Review from Jane Finch

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Horses & Ponies Activity Book: Introduction to Horses & Horseback Riding by Susan DiFelice is a comprehensive all-purpose book that any horse lover will find invaluable. As well as the informative pages which explain about colour, size, type and breed of horse, and the difference between a horse and a pony, there are helpful activities that help the young rider, or the horse enthusiast, to learn about the bridle and saddle and their components and uses. Added to this is learning the correct way to groom, the types of grooming aids and how to use them, and ultimately everything that is needed in the care of a horse. This is a perfect activity book combined with lots of helpful information about caring for a horse. The activities are exciting yet have a purpose as they help the reader to identify the different types of horses and ponies. There really is nothing left out of this activity book which could almost be described as a handbook which also has fun activities to carry out. Continue reading…

Horsey Halloween & Fall Fun Downloadable Crafts

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Looking for some Halloween and fall themed activities for your horse enthusiasts? Check out our Free fall crafts and activities downloads! Great for fall festivals, horse day camps, at home, and riding programs. I created these crafts for the upcoming … Continued

The Barn Rat Product Review: Allpony Activity Book

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Product Review on The Barn Rat – Written by Sydney Eastburn – Sept. 26, 2018 I’m super excited to share with you the Allpony Activity Book! This activity book is something I have wanted to exist for years. With education … Continued