The Pony Club’s Manual of Horsemanship has undergone its biggest overhaul in a decade.

The 14th version of the book will be launched at Olympia next week (13-19 December) and has been brought up to date with expert advice from farriers, vets and nutritionists.

“It has a very new look and the riding section covers greater detail of the requirements of the paces, the training scale and lateral movements,” said the Pony Club’s Nikki Herbert.

“The improved content will benefit test candidates at all levels. The addition of an extensive glossary of terms is an essential aid for interpreting comments from dressage sheets.”

There have been major updates to the Bridle, Bitting and Additional Saddlery, Shoeing and Worm Control chapters and The Training Scale is now also included in the manual, with a chapter of its own.

And the chapters have been rearranged and grouped into three themed sections.

The book is bigger, to make reference easier, with brighter colours and more diagrams and illustrations.

Marion Elliott of the Llangeinor branch of the Pony Club said the new-look manual was “very impressive”.

The Manual Of Horsemanship costs £12.94 and is on sale from 13 December from

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (8 December 2011)