I am a huge fan of Krista Ruepp and Ulrike Heyne's lovely horse picturebooks, featuring a small Icelandic girl and her beloved pony. To my delight, I discovered they had created some early chapter books! The stories are simple but elegant, showing the characters' unique personalities and love of their island home in every line. The pictures, as always, are marvelous, the horses' wild manes and frothy waves showing the harsh but exuberant life of these northern islanders. These lovely stories are perfect for the young horse-lover.
Verdict: Sadly out of print, these would make a great special present if you can find a lightly used copy
Horses in the fog
ISBN: 978-0735811010; Published March 1999 by North-South; Received through Bookmooch
The Sea Pony
ISBN: 978-0735815346; Published September 2001 by North-South; Borrowed from the library; Added to my personal wishlist