Pia has just moved to a new town with her mother. When she is out riding her pony Drummer, they come across a miniature figurine of a goddess on horseback. Pia discovers that with the figurine, she is able to talk to ponies and they can talk back. Pia uses her newfound ability to help the ponies at her stable yard. Fitting into her new school is hard enough but her new rival Cat makes her life even more miserable. As word spreads about Pia's talent, it brings her fame and even more worry as she is asked to go on television. Pia must balance helping the ponies with trying to fit in at school, dealing with family and finding time to just be with her pony.
I was very hesitant to read this book, as it seemed too young for my taste, but I found myself quickly enjoying it to my surprise. Janet Rising created characters that come together in an entertaining way with an amusing twist on the normal girl and horse books. While better suited for pre-teens, "Pony Whisperer: The Word on the Yard" was still a good read.
Full of magic, misadventure, and laugh-out-loud humor, The Pony Whisperer offers an utterly fresh take on the girl's horse series: for the first time ever, a pony talks, too. And watch out, readers, because this is a pony with attitude!