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Our horse care books for adults will help you look after your horse or pony, whatever their breed. Our horse and pony books are all available at simply unbelievable prices.

  • SLAS

    Stable Lass (Hardback)

    Gemma Hoggs

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    Gemma Hoggs' Stable Lass is a heartfelt memoir that reveals what it's like to work at one of the country's top racing yards.

    Gemma explains how despite the long hours and low pay, she finds her job incredibly rewarding: she works in the beautiful surroundings of Middleham in Wensleydale and the majesty of the horses makes up for any challenges she faces from humans.

    She talks about the dangers, politics, in-fighting, romances and affairs that exist in the horse riding industry and also opens up about her grief after losing a horse. She also reveals all about the people she deals with - from straight-talking boss Mickey Hammond to millionaire owners and jockeys that starve themselves to lose weight...
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  • BSTIU 3 years +

    The Wonky Donkey (Paperback)

    Craig Smith

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    You've all seen the video of the laughing granny reading Wonky Donkey to her grandchild. Now recreate your own version with a copy of the hilarious picture book.

    It's already sold over 1 million copies worldwide and you and your little readers will be hugely entertained by the spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.
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  • BRZDJ

    Ponies and Horses Sticker Activity Book (Paperback)

    National Geographic Kids

    An interactive book chock-full of adorable ponies and regal horses. This is the National Geographic Kids signature content in a sticker and activity book format. Packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities, and more, kids are sure to love these pages loaded with fun!
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  • BGXXX

    The Complete Book of Horses: Breeds, Care, Riding, Saddlery (Hardback)

    Debby Sly

    This book is an invaluable guide to every aspect of horsemanship, with a fully illustrated directory of breeds of the world, step-by-step instructions on how to ride, and information about specialist equipment for both horse and rider. Over 60 breeds of horse and pony are covered, from the more familiar Thoroughbred and Shetland pony to the less well known Nonius and Caspian. Riding instructions cover tacking up for the first time to mastering the intricacies of dressage. The book also includes a directory of equipment, including the saddle, bridle and bit, training aids, horse clothing and protective equipment, and the rider's clothing.
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  • BWJMA

    The Triumph of Henry Cecil (Hardback)

    Tony Rushmer

    With a foreword by John Gosden When Henry Cecil sent out just 12 winners in 2005 it seemed as if the 10-time champion racehorse trainer's career was in terminal decline. The masterly touch that he'd shown through the glory-days of the two previous decades appeared to have deserted him after a series of painful professional and personal blows, including the death of his twin brother David. When Cecil was diagnosed with cancer in June 2006, it would have been enough to break many a man. But behind the scenes, the master of Warren Place in Newmarket was determined not to be labelled - in his words - a 'has-been'. Showing an iron resolve to fight for his professional reputation as well as his life, Cecil staged one of the great sporting comebacks. It was a story that captured the imagination of the racing public and beyond, peaking with his supreme handling of the unbeaten champion Frankel. Cecil's astonishing revival was witnessed in close-up by Tony Rushmer. The sports journalist became a trusted stable insider after being engaged in spring 2006 to help with the trainer's website and PR. He would remain part of the team right up until Cecil died in June 2013. Rushmer's unique accessover seven years - in which he saw Cecil at the best and worst of times - allows him to provide a fresh perspective on an incredible part of the trainer's career. He is helped by many of those who were closest to the story, having interviewed numerous people during his extensive research. Containing fascinating detail and a wealth of new material, The Triumph of Henry Cecil shows how Cecil emerged from his slump, displayed relentless strength in the face of a cruel disease and trained the magnificent Frankel - as brilliant a racehorse as the sport has ever known.
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  • AWXQO

    The Wild Other (Hardback)

    Clover Stroud

    'Beautifully written...I love this book.' India Knight 'Compelling and candid, deftly weaving together past and present...a heart-wrenching story told in haunting, lyrical prose.' Tatler 'An uplifting and achingly honest personal story about loss, trauma and grief.' Woman & Home Clover Stroud's idyllic childhood in rural England was shattered when a horrific riding accident left her mother permanently brain-damaged. Just sixteen, she embarked on a journey to find the sense of home that had been so savagely broken. Travelling from gypsy camps in Ireland, to the rodeos of west Texas and then to Russia's war-torn Caucasus, Clover eventually found her way back to England's lyrical Vale of the White Horse. The Wild Other is a grippingly honest account of love, loss, family and the healing strength of nature. Powerful and deeply emotional, this is the story of an extraordinary life lived at its fullest.
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  • AIDQE

    The Horse Box: Breeds, Riding, Saddlery & Care (Hardback)

    Judith Draper

    This is a complete guide to horse breeds around the world, and how to ride horses for sport, show or pleasure. It features expert advice on saddles, bridles and bits, training aids, equestrian clothing and protective equipment. It shows you how to look after your horse on a day-to-day basis, including exercise routines and grooming techniques, and information about basic health care and first aid. The noble horse combines speed, strength and beauty with intelligence and a willing nature, and this beautiful box set contains four books for every horse enthusiast. An Illustrated Guide to Horse Breeds of the World is a round-up of the world's breeds, such as Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. The Practical Rider's Handbook covers the basics of riding, from mounting to dressage. Saddlery & Horse Equipment is an illustrated guide to tack and clothing. A Practical Guide to Caring For Your Horse explores the practicalities of equestrian care, such as feeding, watering, plaiting and shoeing. Together, these books form an essential collection for all horse riders.
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  • AEFGI

    How to ... Horse Riding (Hardback)

    Get ready to be inspired, and learn to How to...Horse Ride! If you have ever dreamt about becoming the next Mark Todd or Zara Phillips, then "How to ...Horse Ride" is the perfect guide to set you on course for success. This book shows you 'how to' with simple step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, from basic exercises and grooming techniques to more advanced cantering and jumping. The final section takes a look at the fun you can have with your riding, from the thrill of the show, to the discipline of dressage. Saddle up and learn to ride with this exciting new How to...You'll be galloping your way to the gymkhana before you know it.
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  • BXJMK

    Racing Post Royal Ascot Guide 2019 (Paperback)

    Nick Pulford

    Royal Ascot, the bigget meeting of the Flat season and the highlight of the Summer social calendar, is previewed by the Racing Post's unrivalled band of writers. The key horses are analysed, there is an in depth look at the two-year-olds coming to make their names and we gain a vital understanding of the sprint and staying divisions. Of course, the international element is part of what makes this historic meeting so special and the leading contenders from around the globe are uncovered, plans for whom will have been years in the making. We find out what it means to those outside of the British bubble and the records of jockeys and trainers are assessed. All the essential facts-and-figures are naturally packed in but the social side is not neglected. Almost uniquley important to this meeting, the Racing Post Royal Ascot Guide should prove just as useful for your time before, after and between races as it will for the races themselves.
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  • BXJEB

    The Horse Cure (Paperback)

    Michelle Holling-Brooks

    Meet the Horse Counsellors. Survivors of trauma, loss, illness, abuse, stress, and depression can face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. However, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that horses play a crucial role in therapy for those struggling with significant psychological and emotional challenges. Horses respond to angry, inhibited, heartbroken, defiant, and terrified clients in many different ways, often breaking through defensive barriers via their physical presence, or by pointing to areas of psychological distress not immediately apparent. The horse's response guides the treatment team, as well as the client, through the healing process. Influenced by her own childhood trauma - where she spent seven days in a coma, awakened to a severely compromised body and brain, and rebuilt her life with the help of a horse - Michelle Holling-Brooks founded Unbridled Change, a non-profit equine-partnered therapy organisation which partners horses with individuals in need. It's within the pages of this book that she shares the inspiring stories of the horses that play active roles in counselling sessions.
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    Rough Magic (Hardback)

    Lara Prior-Palmer

    '[Prior-Palmer's] gorgeous, sensual depiction of this race is a literary marvel; it feels like you are riding alongside her across the desolate steppes; her verbal acuity makes vivid the most elusive of landscapes; her triumph becomes ours' NYLON The Mongol Derby is the world's toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride 25 horses across a distance of 1000km. Many riders don't make it to the finish line. In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer - nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown - decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she found she had nothing to lose, and tore through the field with her motley crew of horses. In one of the Derby's most unexpected results, she became the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the race. A tale of adventure, fortitude and poetry, Rough Magic is the extraordinary story of one young woman's encounter with oblivion, and herself.
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  • BVNKH

    Racing Rogues (Paperback)

    Brian Lee

    Horse racing may be famously known as the 'sport of kings' but, in the pursuit of prize money and getting one over the bookies, it also has attained a notoriety for some underhand, corrupt and downright illegal practices. Horse racing in Wales is not exempt from these dodgy dealings and on many occasions has led the way in it's ingenuity to devise jaw-dropping cons and cunning deceptions. In The Scams, Scandals and Gambles of Horseracing in Wales, Brian Lee, the veteran and highly regarded Welsh racing correspondent has, for the first time, compiled a comprehensive collection of true stories that reveals Welsh racing's most notorious crooks, loveable rouges and most infamous scams, including: The Oyster Maid affair, when a great gambling coup engineered at Tenby in 1927 nearly put paid to horse racing in Wales and was said by the Queen Mother's jockey, Dick Francis, to have been "the most bitterly resented betting coup National Hunt racing has ever known". The astounding story of Am I Blue's when, in 2010, a four-year-old filly, owned and trained by Aberkenfig's Delyth Thomas, romped home at Hereford after being backed from 25-1 to 5-1, despite having woeful form.As one reporter put it: 'There was outrage in some quarters and amusement in others. ' The elaborate switching of horses and the cutting of the telegraph wires at Bath races in 1953 which saw well-know Cardiff bookie Gomer Charles jailed for 2 years for fraud after his syndicate place GBP100k worth of bets on a 'ringer' racehorse that won at 20-1. The Scandals and Gambles of Horseracing in Wales includes stories both from racing 'under rules' but also from point-to-point, known as racing 'between-the-flags', as well as flapping (unlicensed racing). The stories in this enthralling book, in which the reader will meet many of the rogues of the turf, are informative as well as fascinating and will appeal to not only horse racing fans but also readers of true crime.
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  • BUNUS

    Horses In Training 2019 (Paperback)

    Richard Lowther

    Horses In Training is a rarity. On the surface this book contains a mass of tables and information on racing. However its timing, just before the Cheltenham Festival and the start of the new Flat Season is crucial. Perhaps it is the fact that after a long winter, the early spring brings with it the hope of summer months of fabulous racing. Which trainers' young hopefuls will turn into the the stars they all dream of? The book lists, in alphabetical format, British, Irish and French trainers, their horses, the owner and breeder of each horse, foaling dates of two year olds, and the trainer's address and phone numbers. Fully indexed, it has over 200 pages of statistics.
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  • BUNQU

    100 Winners (Paperback)

    Rodney Pettinga

    The 2018 edition produced 113 winners including: Saxon Warrior (2000 Guineas), Rhododendron (Lockinge Stakes), Masar (the Derby), Without Parole (St James's Palace Stakes), Latrobe (Irish Derby), Roaring Lion (Eclipse, Juddmonte International, QEII Stakes), Stradivarius (Gold Cup), and Wild Illusion (Nassau Stakes and Prix De L'Opera). Big priced winners included Kenya (20/1), Masar (16/1), Latrobe (14/1), Highgarden (12/1), Ostilio, Havana Grey and Laurens (all 10/1).
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  • BUMSR

    The Jumping Game (Paperback)

    Henrietta Knight

    As the woman who trained the great Best Mate to win three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups, no one could be better qualified than Henrietta Knight to discover what makes today's top jumps trainers succeed. From eccentric, outspoken Yorkshireman Mick Easterby, to elegant, aristocratic Venetia Williams, from Irish wizard, Willie Mullins, to perfectionist champion trainer, Paul Nicholls and young pretender, Dan Skelton, here is a dazzling cast of extraordinary characters, all with their quirks and foibles, but with one single-minded ambition - finding first-class horses and training them to win big races. Henrietta shares their dramatic journeys, methods and secrets of working in a tough, competitive industry. For the trainers, every win reignites the thrill of the sport and a craving for success that never dies. Their stories are fascinating, each one illustrated with unique photographs from private albums.
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    Racing Post Cheltenham Festival Guide 2019 (Paperback)

    Nick Pulford

    The ultimate betting companion in the build-up to the 2018 Festival. Packed with invaluable advice from the best writers in the business, this comprehensive guide has everything you need for jump racing's biggest meeting. Includes: Race-by-race guide, with in-depth assessment of the main contenders in every championship race by Racing Post betting editor Paul Kealy Key trends for all the established races The Irish challenge Views from the British training centres What the bookmakers say Tipsters' forum with the views of the Racing Post team on the big questions Plus: Racing Post Ratings, Topspeed, trainers and jockeys to follow, pedigree pointers and analysis of the key trials.
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  • BTZMS

    Allure of Horses (Hardback)

    Uli Weber

    In this technically versatile tome, photographer Uli Weber shows his prowess behind the lens, mixing fine portraiture and reportage with animal and sport images in a wide spectrum of fine photographic craftsmanship. The majority of these stunning images were shot over the past six years at various manors and estates around Great Britain, as well as at the yearly Smithfield Horse Fair in Dublin. In a unique examination of the close relationship between humans and horses, The Allure of Horses takes readers on a journey across equine communities from the steeplechase to the thrill of the polo field to sidesaddle riding through the countryside on a warm summer's eve.
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    Stable Lass (Paperback)

    Gemma Hogg

    'Poignant and compelling, an equine Bridget Jones.' Racing Post Being a stable lass is probably one of the hardest jobs in the country, and yet for Gemma Hogg it is the most rewarding. She works in the beautiful Yorkshire market town of Middleham and if her colleagues are occasionally challenging, then the horses are downright astonishing. Now, in Stable Lass, she takes us into the closed world of a top racing yard, from the elation of having several winners in one day to the almost indescribable grief of losing a horse. Like most stable lads and lasses, Gemma arrived in her yard as a teenager fresh out of racing college and had to cope with living away from home for the first time, as well as adapting to the brutal long hours, backbreaking work and often treacherous weather. She describes falling in love with Polo Venture, the first racehorse in her care, the pure exhilaration of riding him on Middleham Gallops for the first time and what happens when a horse takes against you, from the growling gelding Valiant Warrior to the potentially lethal Broadway Boy. She brings to life the characters around the yard, from straight-talking boss Micky Hammond to the jockeys starving themselves to make weight, the wealthy owners and the other stable lads and lasses who come from a range of different places and backgrounds. Stable Lass by Gemma Hogg is a unique look into the world of horse racing filled with heart-warming stories and amazing thoroughbreds - some loveable, some cantankerous, all impressive.
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    Bob Langrish's World of Horses (Hardback)

    Photographs by Bob Langrish

    Bob Langrish's World of Horses is the culminating collection of a master photographer who has traveled six continents in search of the most compelling horses in their habitats. From the Mongolian steppe to the South African desert, barrier islands to city streets, Langrish has recorded the lives and activities of these majestic and beloved animals. His images capture the grace and soul of horses in all shapes and sizes. Brisk, lively text by Olympic gold medalist Jane Holderness-Roddam accompanies each photo, relating the story of how horse behaviors and traits vary by habitat, as well as the sometimes frightening behind-the-scene details of Langrish's adventures. Dramatic, poignant, and personal, Langrish's photos are a testament to the ancient and abiding horse-human relationship.
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  • BRZGU

    World Racecourses (Hardback)

    Cornelius Lysaght

    100 major horse racing venues with detail of each one's history and heritage from BBC journalist, Cornelius Lysaght. Text is accompanied by contemporary photography and detailed diagrams created by Collins, the world-leading publisher of maps and atlases, making it an essential purchase or gift for any horse racing fan. The book features each track in regional order, starting with the famous Epsom Downs course in England then taking in renowned locations such as Churchill Downs, Royal Ascot and Flemington Racecourse, all the way up to the state-of-the-art Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. More unusual and lesser known courses are also featured including the Pardubicka in Czech Republic, St Moritz in Switzerland and Ngong in Kenya. Each course is accompanied by an array of statistics and the latest photographs from these scenic venues. It also features alphabetical and `by country' indices for ease of reference.
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    Winners: The horses, the memories, the defining moments (Hardback)

    Hugh Cahill

    Winners: The Horses, The Memories; The Defining Moments documents a host of favourite memories from the world's foremost racing minds. In this collection of interviews, Hugh Cahill uncovers the cherished memories of some of the most prominent figures in Irish horse-racing as they remember eighty of the horses that have featured most significantly in their lives. All the greats are here - Moscow Flyer, Arkle, Synchronised, Flyingbolt, Frankel, Hurricane Fly, Dawn Run, Bobbyjo, Istabraq, Brave Inca, Papillon, Beef or Salmon and Sea the Stars. These are the horses that have shaped horse-racing over the past fifty years and captured hearts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated, Winners: The Horses, the Memories, the Defining Moments includes contributions from Ruby Walsh, A.P. McCoy, J.P. McManus, Willie Mullins, Jessica Harrington, Davy Russell, Paul Carberry and many more. A compelling and heartfelt exploration of what makes these incredible animals so special to the people who knew them best, Winners is a volume to be treasured and an essential book for horse-racing fans everywhere.
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  • BRWQM

    Horselife (Hardback)

    Willow Creek Press

    HorseLife defines what it is to love horses and how that appreciation influences everyday life. You may not own a horse or even live close to one, but anyone who has taken the reins before knows the transcendent calm that comes from something as simple as watching the setting sun on horseback or a nuzzling velvet nose on your palm when you return to the stable. Artful photography and heartfelt passages make this book the perfect gift for the horse lover in your herd. Ride softly, listen carefully & love completely.
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  • BQYCL

    The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing (Hardback)

    Bill Mooney

    The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing tells the story of the "sport of kings" from its earliest inceptions to the present day. It provides essential information on all the top jockeys, from Lester Piggott and Frankie Dettori, to Bill Shoemaker and Michelle Payne, famous horses, their owners and trainers and more than a dozen of the greatest races around the world. In addition, there are features on every facet of racing. This book is the definitive work on "the horses", with every page a visually exciting and information-packed celebration of the sport. It is as invaluable to the fan who follows racing on television as it is for racecourse regulars, administrators and the media.
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    Unbridled Faith (Hardback)

    Cara Whitney

    Explore the timeless wisdom of God's Word through this beautiful horse devotional. Horses nuzzle their way into our hearts and have a way of teaching us a lot about ourselves, about life, and even about God. Just ask horse enthusiast Cara Whitney, wife of comedian and actor Dan Whitney (aka Larry the Cable Guy). Through years spent working with these majestic animals-Cara Whitney has learned countless spiritual lessons that have brought her closer to God. In 100 heartfelt devotions with stunning photography, you'll Learn about being flexible in your faith from a gangly legged colt. Discover the secret to overcoming temptation through a horse's "sneak and eat" game. From a pony with a sweet tooth, find out why we should be glad God doesn't answer yes to all of our prayers. Be reminded that you are priceless to God from a one-eyed quarter horse named Roanie. Unbridled Faith is the perfect daily devotional for horse lovers.
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