The ""First of its kind to be devoted to all breeds of ponies and all phases of their modern-day activities,"" this certainly covers all the points from Eohippus to Equus and should be a must for any fancier, breeder or buyer. There is a section devoted to each breed which includes the pedigree, characteristics, developments sires, bloodlines, judging points etc. Later chapters deal thoroughly with such aspects as buying, breeding, training, show, equipment and care right down to the tick dip. Mr. Griffen writes casually but to the point, only occasionally straying from his subject to suggest that seafood lovers should definitely try the oysters if they visit Chincoteague for instance. He almost convinces you that the pony will replace the car.