If Wishes Were Horses

Susanna Forrest

RRP: £9.99

1 February 2013

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857891297

RRP: £6.99

1 March 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857897138

Susanna Forrest grew up in the 1980s near Norwich and, like many a girl, she yearned for a pony. She never did get one of her own, but this didn’t stop her becoming obsessed with all things equine.

If Wishes Were Horses is the story of that all-consuming interest. As Susanna’s journey unfolds, it leads her to horse-fixated princesses, recovering crack addicts, national heroines and runaways across the ages. From girl-riders of the Bronze Age, to lavishly adorned equestrian Victorians and twenty-first-century children on horseback in Brixton, she explores the development of this Pony Cult from its earliest times to the present day. In doing so, she takes to the saddle once more and rediscovers her own riding legs in this frank, eclectic and captivating memoir of an ever-changing equine world.


Richly evocative... Susanna Forrest describes her ongoing fascination with horses with such clarity, with such a feel for how horses can affect your life... this is not just a tale of one woman's love, but of swathes of people who are involved in the equine world.Lucy Cavendish

Fascinating... Susanna Forrest is an attractive stylist who writes with great energy... highly readableJane Shilling
Sunday Telegraph

Tackling what exactly the appeal of ponies really is, while powerfully conveying her passion for them, Susanna Forrest has written a beautiful book.
Daily Telegraph

If Wishes Were Horses rejoices in the physical and imaginative joy of riding.
Times Literary Supplement