A lot of kids love horses, but that doesn’t mean you have to be young to love them. You can be a grown-up and still love horses! Love for horses is like chicken pox. Any horse person worth their salt will tell you that. It starts in childhood, but it stays with you for the rest of your life. Check out the books below to get your horsey fix. After all, the smell of books is almost as good as the smell of horses, and that’s why. Almost.
Centered Riding, by Sally Swift
If you’ve ever had a riding teacher or mentor of any kind, chances are you’ve heard of this book. Swift has been one of the first people to speak out about how to treat horses in a way that is both humane and respectful around the world. People who are good at riding horses communicate with them by using their body, spirit, and mind instead of force. She was one of the first people to say this. This book will inspire, guide, and empower both you and your horse. It’s a must-have for any rider to have in their library.
Chosen by a Horse, by Susan Richards
It’s time to read a grown-up horse book. If so, this heartfelt story would be a good one to listen to or read. With Lay Me Down, a retired racehorse with a foal, Susan Richards takes a journey of love, family, and redemption. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul isn’t awakened.” This rich and beautiful story is an homage to the spiritual connection humans can have with animals.
The Complete Horse Riding Manual, by William Micklem
This is a great choice for English-style competitors who want to improve their skills. In this book, you’ll learn how to match horses with riders, how to keep both your horse and yourself healthy, and how to improve the relationship between you and your horse. This book is great for people who love show-jumping, dressage, and cross-country because it gives them specific advice and real-world tips on how to improve. You can learn good habits and try new things at any age.
Eleanor McGraw, a Pony Named Mouse, and a Boy Called Fire, by Katharina Marcus
No, I don’t think I do. A teen who has read all the books on this horse-obsessed kids’ reading list and wants something a little more angsty? Look no further, because this young adult book has everything you need for a great ride: a wild pony, young love, and family problems. With its page-turning charm and edgy dialogue, this super-fun book is sure to be a hit with adults as well.
The Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of One of America’s Most Renowned Horsemen, by Buck Brannaman
Before the Horse Person Police come and take away your Horse Lover ID card, you need to watch the documentary Buck about legendary horseman Buck Brannaman. If you haven’t seen it, you need to do that now. The movie will make you laugh, cry, and cheer so hard that you won’t be able to resist picking up this book. If you’ve been around horses and horse people for a long time, you know that there are people who make riding look more natural than walking. There are also people who love horses and try to learn their ways. This is a group of people who seem more at home on their backs than on their backs in a chair that moves. You can be one of them, too. Buck Brannaman is one of them. A big part of Buck’s job is to help us break down what we think is an inborn ability into a concrete set of skills and help us communicate with our horses in a way that they can understand. With Buck’s help, be ready to be amazed, be inspired, and become a much, much better rider.
Borrowed Horses, by Sian Griffiths
It all starts when Joannie Edson hears bad news about her family. An equestrian Olympic hopeful is forced to make a difficult decision when her mom gets more sick. What can Joannie do to help her family? She moves back home to Idaho in order to help them. As soon as she gets to the show, it becomes clear that her favorite horse is getting old and can’t compete. Joannie has to decide if she wants to pursue the romance she has put off for a long time in favor of her job, or if she wants to spend all of her time and energy on a mare that has been abused and is afraid. She could be the key to her Olympic dreams. This book has a lot of things that are familiar to people who have been riding for a long time, like small-town gossip, hard work, and the value of compassion. In Borrowed Horses, we learn that our four-legged friends teach us more than we could ever teach them, which is why this book is so important.
Gunner: Hurricane Horse
He is an American Paint Horse, one of many in Heather Lott Goodwin’s herd, and one of the best show animals in the world. He won the World Champion Paint Horse title. There were fences, cattle, and a few horses on the Goodwin property when Hurricane Katrina hit. It also took some of the horses with it.
Gallop! 100 Fun Facts About Horses
There are a lot of weird but true facts in this Level 3 Reader about horses. There are wild ponies, superstar racers, and a lot more.
Molly the Pony
Molly is left behind during Hurricane Katrina. Her front leg has to be cut off after she is rescued. This is very unusual for horses: they have to have their front legs cut off, which is very painful. Molly has been fitted with a prosthetic limb and has learned how to walk again. She now has a new job as a therapy horse.
The Everything Book of Horses & Ponies
Does riding a horse make you want to know them better? Is there anything you’d like to learn about how to care for a horse? Do you want to learn about equestrian sports? In this book, you’ll learn all about beautiful horses and ponies.