Summer Reads: 8 of the Best Books About Horses

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For centuries, humans have shared a special bond with horses, so it makes sense that there is no shortage of books about them.  

There are classic informational texts, how-to books, novels, poetry, and more. Since horse lovers can't be at the barn 24/7 (even though they'd probably like to be), books about horses are one way they can continue to enjoy their favorite animals from home. They can be a great education, and a great escape.

Listing all the great horse books would be impossible, but here are a couple of particularly impactful ones for horse lovers everywhere.

1. "Riding Lessons" by Sara Gruen.

Riding Lessons book cover

One of the most frustrating aspects of horse books is the prevalence of inaccurate information.

But readers can rejoice with this book (and its sequel), because Sara Gruen paints an accurate picture of the top levels of equestrian competition, woven seamlessly into an engaging story that you'll want to read again and again.

2. "Learning to Fall" by Anne Clermont.

Learning To Fall book cover

The accuracy continues in this novel, which centers around a main character named Brynn who, in the wake of her father's death, is struggling amid money problems and difficult clients to save the family's horse business.

3. "The Horse Whisperer" by Nicholas Evans.

The Horse Whisperer book cover

This novel was so popular it was made into a major motion picture starring Robert Redford.

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Set on a ranch in Montana, it tells the tale of a determined mother who brought her injured horse and daughter halfway across the country to seek help from "horse whisperer" Tom Booker ... who might be their last hope.

4. "Shadow Horse" by Alison Hart.

Shadow Horse book cover

There are a number of good children's books about horses, but this mystery makes the list because it is entertaining and enjoyable even as an adult.

And with references to events like the Devon Horse Show, readers will enjoy its accuracy.

5. "Getting In TTouch: Understand and Influence Your Horse's Personality" by Linda Tellington-Jones.

Getting In TTouch book cover

This classic text from internationally recognized equine expert and creator of the Tellington TTouch explains how to analyze your horse's physical traits in order to understand and influence his or her personality.

You will never look at horse markings the same way again!

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6. "Ruffian: Burning From the Start" by Jane Schwartz.

Ruffian: Burning From The Start book cover

Though this book tells the true story of the tragic Thoroughbred race horse Ruffian, it reads like a brilliantly written novel.

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From Ruffian's breeding, training and career all the way through the days following her tragic death, it does justice to this great filly as much as any book could.

7. "Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse" by Robin Hutton.

Sgt. Reckless book cover

Another true tale about an incredible horse, this book chronicles the story of Sgt. Reckless, the Mongolian mare who served with the Marines during the Korean War and became the only animal to ever be awarded an official rank in the United States Marine Corps.

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8. "Chosen by a Horse" by Susan Richards.

Chosen By A Horse book cover

In this powerful memoir, author Susan Richards tells the true story of her experiences with Lay Me Down, a former race horse she rescued from an uncertain fate, and how the mare changed her life for the better.

There are countless horse books on the market, many of them excellent. But if you're looking for a guaranteed great horse read, this list will help you get started. Happy riding, and happy reading!

What are your favorite horse books? Tell us in the comments below!

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