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8 Books Every Horse Lover Should Read

by Dani Buckley
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There’s nothing quite like a great story that involves horses. We thought it would be fun to talk about some of our favorite horse-related books that we think our fellow equestrian reading enthusiasts will enjoy. So,  grab a blanket and sit in the pasture or next to your horse’s stall and pick up one of these books that every horse lover should read. Who knows? Your horse might even want to hear it! 

Girl using digital tablet at the ranch

“Chosen by a Horse” by Susan Richards

A novel about the journey of a woman who rescues a neglected and tired racehorse that has a foal of her own. They embark on a mission that will leave you in tears and wrapping your arms around your horse’s neck. This book reminds us of how horses help the soul.

“Learning to Fall” by Anne Clermont

When tragedy strikes in Brynne Seymour’s life just as she is about to graduate vet school, she does all she can to help save her family’s horse business by winning the Million Dollar Gold Cup. She doesn’t do this alone, but with the help of a once upon a time champion, Jason Lander.

Young couple of women wearing dresses reading a book and taking photos with old camera in the forest with their horse.

“The Horse Whisperer” by Nicholas Evans

It’s almost written in the horse’s lovers dictionary to see this movie. Don’t forget to read the book too. It will put a smile on your face and you’ll cry just as much as you did during the movie.

“The Girl Who Remembered Horses” by Linda Benson

Set in future times, the story features a girl named Sahara who has dreams and visions of running with horses. This thriller tells how a girl saves a colt and must convince her clan that horses should be a part of their lives.

A nice and kind and wise horse

“Borrowed Horses” by Sian Griffiths

An aspiring Olympic rider puts her dreams on hold and moves to Idaho when her mother becomes sick, bringing her aging horse with her. Not willing to give up on all her dreams, she must decide to work with a violent mare owned by her coach or head in a different direction.

“National Velvet” by Enid Bagnold

An oldie, but a goodie, National Velvet is a tale of a girl who wants all the horses and dreams of being the best rider in England. As her prayers are answered with an unwanted horse, she is determined to win. This horse book is one for all ages.

Girl using digital tablet at the ranch

“Out of the Wild” by Mark Rashid

If you’ve seen The Mustang, you might like this book too! It’s about the journey of a drunk cowboy and a wild mustang. The man must overcome his own troubles to work with the horse.

The “Heartland” Series by Lauren Brooke

We’ve all seen some episodes and love the show Heartland. Did you know they were based on books? And like most, they aren’t the same as the show. Pick up the series and find out for yourself!

Salt River wild horses cooling off in the river

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Books can be a great source of entertainment. Reading is good for you and you can take a book almost anywhere. You can read in your horse trailer while waiting for your class to start at a show or even up in the hayloft. What horse books do you recommend?

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