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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.

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    Stable Lass

    Gemma Hoggs

    Product Code: SLAS
    Hardback
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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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  • The Wonky Donkey

    Craig Smith

    Product Code: BSTIU
    Paperback 3 years +
    (3)
    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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  • Truth or Mare

    Catherine Hapka

    Product Code: BZIOA
    Paperback
    An original novel based on the award-winning (2 Emmys) Netflix show! The riders of Bright Fields Stables are playing a game of Truth or Dare - or rather, Truth or Mare, since the horses are involved, too! All of the riders' fun dares end up on Becky's vlog, which she hopes will make it big. Meanwhile, there's a ghost dog that might be running around Pin's castle - anda treasure to be found. Lots is happening ... but above all, Zoe is beginning to question, is the island where she's supposed to be?
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  • How to ... Horse Riding

    Product Code: AEFGI
    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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  • Ponies and Horses Sticker Activity Book

    National Geographic Kids

    Product Code: BRZDJ
    Paperback
    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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  • My Little Pony: Essential Handbook

    Egmont Publishing UK

    Product Code: BZMXG
    Paperback
    Do you want to know your Alicorn from your Seapony? Or your Pegasus from your Hippogriff? This complete guide is the ultimate companion to everything My Little Pony and is the only guide to cover all nine series of Friendship is Magic, plus specials The Best Gift Ever and The Rainbow Roadtrip and My Little Pony: The Movie. With fun, engaging and colourful spreads, this handbook features everyone's favourite characters, locations all across Equestria and some of the best loved moments from the series. Perfect for young fans, the guide also includes a search-and-find for Tank, the beloved tortoise, and Pinkie Pie's best jokes! Sure to bring delight and excitement to fans everywhere, this is the only guide a Pony fan could need. In the land of Equestria, the Mane Six embark upon adventures together with friends. Whether battling villains, helping everypony or throwing a really good party, Twilight Sparkle and friends are always on hand to share love, magic, kindness and friendship. Other titles in the range: My Little Pony 2020 Annual My Little Pony Friendship Journal My Little Pony Rainbow Dash and the Double Dare My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle and the Spell My Little Pony Pinkie Pie's Play Box
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  • My Little Pony Pinkie Pie's Play Box

    Egmont Publishing UK

    Product Code: BZMXD
    Paperback
    Pinkie Pie's Play Box combines story, activities and colouring with a special Pinkie Pie figurine and press out Sugarcube Corner bakery model. Join Pinkie and friends as they plan parties, make cupcakes and fire confetti canons - the perfect gift for My Little Pony fans. In the land of Equestria, the Mane Six embark upon adventures together with ponies, hippogriffs, dragons and many other creatures. Whether battling villains, helping friends in need or throwing a really good party, Twilight Sparkle and friends are always on hand to share love, magic, kindness and friendship. My Little Pony Annual 2020 9781405294416 My Little Pony 1001 Stickers 9781405293488 My Little Pony The Complete Guide 9781405295185 My Little Pony: Rainbow Dash and the Double Dare 9781405294997 My Little Pony: Twilight and the Spell 9781405294980
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  • Stable Lass

    Gemma Hogg

    Product Code: BTXYD
    Paperback
    '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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  • Great American Horse Stories

    Sharon B. Smith

    Product Code: BHBBW
    Paperback
    Our relationship and fascination with horses have been evident in every civilization and throughout recorded history. No better proof can be found than in literature, in the stories and poetry that capture the endless variety of partnerships between horses and riders. Great American Horse Stories is a compilation of the best of these works. A perfect gift for riders, writers, or literary buffs, Classic Horse Stories is an essential collection of some of the most compelling stories ever written on the subject of horses.
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  • The Complete Book of Horses: Breeds, Care, Riding, Saddlery

    Debby Sly

    Product Code: BGXXX
    Hardback
    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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  • Nimrod: A Cavalry Black

    Juliet Blaxland

    Product Code: AZTTR
    Paperback
    Meet Nimrod, a typical horse in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. He's big, black and brave, yet steady as a rock. But what's his story, and how is he trained for his special military role? The Household Cavalry is a uniquely British institution, famous around the world for its outstanding pageantry and gallantry on the battle field. Its 250 horses, known as Cavalry Blacks, are central to its existence, and visitors to London flock to see these magnificent horses taking part in ceremonies and routine guarding activities. Little is known about how they are chosen, trained and what their duties - as full members of their regiment - entail. Here in words and pictures Juliet Blaxland fills in the background to their life and work, providing a fascinating insight into the world of the Household Cavalry horse.
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  • Coolmore Stud

    Alan Conway

    Product Code: AWZID
    Paperback
    Nestled in a quiet part of County Tipperary, Coolmore Stud casts as long a shadow as any sporting entity over the history of Irish sport. Founded by the legendary horse trainer Vincent O'Brien, and now managed by John Magnier, Coolmore Stud has grown from a small breeding farm into a global behemoth, renowned the world over for the quality of the horses it produces. Alan Conway tells the story of how Coolmore Stud and its training operation at Ballydoyle have come to dominate the world of horse breeding and racing. Using the stories of the people involved, including the legendary Syndicate of Magnier, O'Brien and Robert Sangster, and of the famous horses it has produced, such as the legendary 'Sadler's Wells', his sons 'Galileo' and 'Montjeu', and the mighty 'Danehill', this book charts the rise of one of Ireland's greatest sporting success stories.
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  • Winner: My Racing Life

    AP McCoy

    Product Code: AVXIE
    Paperback
    Fully updated with a new chapter on A.P.'s knighthood, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement award and his new role as a TV pundit When Tony 'A.P.' McCoy announced his retirement from racing, the shockwaves reverberated across the world of sport. With more than 4,300 winners to his name, McCoy seemed to be at the peak of his powers when he suddenly brought down the curtain on an extraordinary career. But then A.P. McCoy has always done things his way. In Winner: My Racing Life, AP reflects upon his unparalleled career, taking the reader from his humble beginnings in County Antrim to the emotional day at Sandown when horse racing bade a tearful farewell to arguably its greatest ever star. McCoy relates in forensic detail the process that led to his decision to retire, recalls some of his greatest rides, lifts the lid on his family life and looks ahead to a future no longer driven by the constant pursuit of victory. The result is a remarkable insight into the private and public life of a true winner.
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  • Warriors on Horseback

    John Carter

    Product Code: AQXVU
    Paperback
    A remarkable and riveting insight into the lives of jockeys. Jockeys who earn a living race riding on racehorses are a remarkable group. They are fiercely competitive on the racecourse but enjoy a tribal kinship in the weighing room. The minimum requirements for long-term success are courage, skill, athleticism and an intuitive understanding of how to 'get a tune' out of a horse. This book celebrates these warriors on horseback, both the old and the new, highlighting the headline performers for jump racing and flat racing in the last five centuries - male and female and from around the globe - as well as taking the reader on a behind-the-scenes look at the lifestyle of professional jockeys in the 21st century. The book takes a tour of Aintree's weighing room, tracks a day in the life of a Derby-winning jockey and investigates the twin challenges faced by jockeys: inevitable injuries and 24/7 weight management. The book also looks back at historical events where jockeys have made the headlines, including: the scandal of jockey Sam Chifney, Lord Bunbury and the Prince of Wales; Captain Becher and his attempt to negotiate Aintree's formidable fences during the Grand National's inaugural running; Fred Archer, who committed suicide in the mists of mental and physical misery; Red Pollard's partnership with the great American horse, Seabiscuit; Bob Champion, who recovered from cancer to win the Grand National, and Frankie Dettori's magnificent seven wins in one day at Ascot. Dettori is just one of the more recent jockeys featured; others include Lester Piggott, Bill Shoemaker, Scobie Breasley, Julie Krone, John Francome and Tony McCoy. The book features quotes and insights from eminent jockeys and racing insiders, people who know the profession and the sport; and is illustrated with captivating images from the world of horseracing. Foreword by Bob Champion MBE, former jump jockey and Grand National winner.
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  • Understanding Your Horse's Emotions

    Larry Bensusan

    Product Code: AFFAH
    Paperback
    What does a horse think, what does it see, hear, smell and feel, and how do emotions affect the horse's existence? This book helps the reader take the first step on a journey of discovery. If we can understand the way horses see the world - in every sense of the word - we can unlock the key to their emotions and understand what prompts them to do certain things. By highlighting many characteristics of the horse that are often overlooked by owners and riders - for instance, that horses first see negativity using their left eye; or that they first smell objects using their right nostril - the book thus reveals many aspects of the horse that will be unknown to many and explains why and how this can help us with our training. It also explores how our own emotions and actions can affect the horse. The information is based on scientific research but presented in an easy-to-read format, and throughout the text there are practical tips for the rider and anecdotes of the author's experiences of working with both riders and horses.
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  • Complete Horse Care Manual

    Colin Vogel

    Product Code: AAYRQ
    Hardback
    Gallop your way to successful horse care with this comprehensive manual. Comprehensive, fully illustrated and up-to-date, "Complete Horse Care Manual" is a thoroughbred guide to horse care. An excellent working relationship with your horse is based on understanding and communication. These lie at the heart of this practical guide. From day-to-day upkeep, stabling, and grooming, to nursing a sick horse and first-aid techniques, this accessible handbook will appeal to all horse lovers. With over 650 specially commissioned photographs and diagrams, step-by-step sequences tell you all you need to know about caring for your horse. A detailed guide to ailments allows you to recognize common problems and deal with them efficiently. Practical suggestions for daily, monthly, and annual routines will ensure you keep your horse healthy and comfortable throughout the year.
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  • Seabiscuit

    Laura Hillenbrand

    Product Code: ADDHN
    Paperback
    The true story of three men and their dreams for a racehorse -- Seabiscuit -- that symbolised a pivotal moment in American history, as the 20th-century's greatest nation found the courage to bet on itself to win against the odds. Now a major motion picture directed by Gary Ross and starring Toby Maguire and Jeff Daniels. In 1936 the habits of 19th-century America were finally consigned to history, just as Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" was published. In their place, modern America was born. But what defined this new era? Nothing more than the story of Seabiscuit, a stunted colt with asymmetrical knees that had for two years been hacked around no-good race tracks leading to permanent leg damage. Yet by 1937 Seabiscuit could draw crowds of 60,000 and had more newspaper column inches devoted to him than Mussolini, Hitler or Roosevelt, his popularity peaking during his appearances at the Santa Anita Handicap. America had gone to the races for the first time since the Depression and fallen in love with a misshapen colt of great character. Now it wanted a winner. 'Seabiscuit' is also the story of three men: Tom Smith, a former Wild West showman was the trainer; Red Pollard, abandoned by his poverty-stricken family at a race track became the rider; and Charles Howard, a pioneer car manufacturer in San Francisco in the 1920s was the owner and financier. These three combined to create the legend of Seabiscuit and epitomise a dream for the emerging new America.
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  • A Guide to Plants Poisonous to Horses

    Keith Allison

    Product Code: ABJKW
    Paperback
    The current move away from the extensive use of agricultural chemicals and the employment of more traditional methods of farming means that the number of different plant species is on the increase. Along with the nutritional benefits that this brings, there is also a risk that many potentially poisonous species of wild plants may return in greater number, together with those which, although not outright poisons in themselves, may be toxic to some degree. Most horse owners are aware of and can identify plants which are the most common cause of poisoning such as ragwort, yew, laburnum and bracken, but other dangerous species such as cowbane or hemlock are not usually referred to except in specialist literature. This book lists over 50 plants which are commonly regarded as being poisonous in their own right. An illustration and profile of each is given, together with its prevalence, poisonous principle and symptoms.
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  • RFO Jumps Racing Guide 2019-2020

    Nicholas Watts

    Product Code: CAZIW
    Paperback
    Racing & Football Outlook's guide to the 2019-2020 National Hunt season is essential reading for all jumps racing fans. The book features interviews with top trainers who profile their horses; detailed results of the previous season; profiles of the RFO's horses to follow; top trainers, jockeys and owners for the new season; a racecourse guide; reports from the training regions; plus top RFO punters Richard Birch, Tom Park and Steffan Edwards give their view on the season ahead.
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  • The Lucky Thirteen

    Edward Bowen

    Product Code: BXWWM
    Hardback
    In more than a century of American Thoroughbred racing, only thirteen horses have won the Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, all won in the same season). Veteran turf writer and racing historian Edward L. Bowen takes us through the rich history of one of the most formidable and exciting challenges in all of sport. Bowen covers the trainers, owners, and jockeys who etched their names into the annals of thoroughbred racing, and the "lucky thirteen" who captured all three jewels of the Triple Crown, racing's most prestigious prize.
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  • Racing Post Royal Ascot Guide 2019

    Nick Pulford

    Product Code: BXJMK
    Paperback
    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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  • The Horse Cure

    Michelle Holling-Brooks

    Product Code: BXJEB
    Paperback
    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

    Lara Prior-Palmer

    Product Code: BXJDA
    Hardback
    '[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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  • The Triumph of Henry Cecil

    Tony Rushmer

    Product Code: BWJMA
    Hardback
    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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