The Best Horse Books for Teens and Adults

Whether you've loved horses all your life, have just started becoming a fan of these great animals or have kids who have their sights set on being jockeys one day, we have a great book for you. We have horse racing books, incredible true stories about amazing horses and reference guides packed with all the information you need. We also have loads of books to help out teenage horse fans, with lots of instructions, tips and advice to get them from being a casual rider into an equestrian expert. Here are our best horse books for teens and adults.

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5 Great Horse Books for Adults:

1. Secretariat

William Nack

This classic true story about Secretariat, one of the most famous racehorses in America, and Penny Chenery, his owner, is an incredible book for horse racing fans everywhere. Penny Chenery took on Meadow Stables after her father became ill and through hard work and the breeding of the brilliant Secretariat, Penny became the first woman to become a member of The Jockey Club. Inspiring and moving, this is a great book to help you fall in love with horses all over again.

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2. The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing

Bill Mooney

Whether you're a long-time fan of horse racing or only recently discovered a love for the sport, you'll find loads of helpful information in this horse racing encyclopedia. With information covering all the most famous jockeys, trainers and horses, there are no questions left unanswered or information not given about this unusual sport. Plus, there is information about the sport off the racetrack with insights into scandals, gambling and media coverage as well.

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3. BHS First Pony Manual

Deborah Frowen

This is the perfect introductory guide for first-time pony owners. If you have a little jockey in your life who has managed to convince you to get a pony then there's a lot you need to know. Thankfully this comprehensive guide will help you with just that, starting with the very basics and covering all the key topics, including feeding, grooming, health and tuition.

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4. The Majesty of the Horse

Tamsin Pickeral

In this fascinating book, Tamsin Pickeral focuses on the beauty of horses. Featuring overviews of the most interesting breeds and tracing their evolution, this book is a unique look into one of the world's best-loved animals. Tamsin's expert insights are paired with Astrid Harrisson's stunning photography, making this book the perfect gift to horse fans everywhere.

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5. Mr Darley's Arabian

Christopher McGrath

Racing writer Christopher McGrath traces the history of Thomas Darley and his Arabian horse. Though Mr Darley's horse never ran a race, an extraordinary number of thoroughbreds are descended from him. Beginning in 1704, this book takes you through several generations of horse racing history. This brilliant true story is an interesting look at the history of the sport and is perfect for fans of horse racing and history.

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5 Great Horse Books for Teens:

1. How to... Horse Riding


Learning the basics is easy with this simple guide, packed with step-by-step instructions and photographs. Taking you from trotting to cantering to jumping to dressage, you can gradually gain the knowledge and understanding needed to become a confident horse rider.

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2. Understanding Your Horse's Emotions

Larry Bensusan

If you love horses, learning how to understand and interpret your horse's behaviour and emotions can be vital for working with them. In this book Larry Bensusan teaches you all the ways to understand how your horse is feeling, and how to recognise those emotions, including such insights as horses see negativity with their left eye first. Based on scientific research, this fascinating book will tell you everything you need to know about understanding your horse.

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3. Horses of the World

Elise Rousseau

Covering 570 breeds of domestic and wild horses, this fascinating reference book introduces you to a variety of horses of the world. This illustrated guide includes information on where the breeds originate from, anatomy, physiology, character and attributes. With 600 drawings and photographs, this book is perfect for getting an equestrian education.

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4. The Horse-Lover's Encyclopedia

Jessie Haas

This A to Z guide provides information on everything you need to know about horses. As its title suggests, this book is perfect for horse-lovers. 1,700 entries cover topics including breeds, horse care and riding styles. Perfect as an introduction to these incredible animals or as a reference guide to long-time horse lovers, this book is ideal for teen riders.

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5. Braiding Manes and Tails

Charni Lewis

If you want to learn how to make grooming more fun then check out this beautiful mane and tail braiding guide. With so many styles to choose from, you'll have plenty of looks to try, and includes all the information you need , including the tools you'll need and how to create a safe area to groom in. Make your horses look beautiful with this fun grooming guide.

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To find more great books about horses, check out our full range of horse books.

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    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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    A fresh approach to a traditional subject, this handbook will prove an indispensable and definitive guide to pony care. Many of today's first-time owners--especially parents of pony-mad children coerced into buying a pony--have little or no experience with keeping a pony, and don't know where to start. Written specially for those with no prior knowledge, this valuable book offers straightforward, no-nonsense advice on a wide range of subjects such as stabling, feeding, watering, saddlery, grooming, safety, health, handling, grazing, and tuition. The aim is to educate and inform in a fuss-free way, giving novice owners the confidence and know-how they need to keep their pony happy and healthy.
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    The remarkable true story of 'Big Red,' one of America's finest racehorses. When her beloved Meadow Stables is faced with closure following her father's illness, housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over. Despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge she calls in assistance from trainer Lucien Laurin and a host of successful jockeys. Pitted against the Phipps' racing dynasty, Penny takes the decision to breed her mare Somethingroyal to the Phipps' Bold Ruler, the nation's favourite stallion. With the toss of a coin it is agreed that one family will take Somethingroyal's first foal with the losing stable taking the colt out of Hasty Matelda and Somethingroyal's second foal. Penny loses the toss, but the wait for the unborn foal proves fortuitous when a bright red chestnut colt is born, Secretariat. Nicknamed "Big Red," with Laurin's guidance, Penny manages to navigate the male-dominated business of horse racing, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time. Now, more than 30 years after its initial publication, the story of "Big Red" continues to be a classic. Secretariat is the tale of a great racehorse but also a testimony to the dedication of Penny Chenery. Following her triumph with Secretariat she was elected as the first female member of The Jockey Club, changing the face of American horse racing forever.
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    The Majesty of the Horse is a celebration of an animal that has shaped the fate of mankind. Written as a glorious celebration of this noblest of animals, the book explores the sheer beauty and grandeur of horses, revealing the central role they have played in human societies throughout the world and across the ages. The book showcases equine photographer Astrid Harrisson's amazing portraiture and stunning images of horses in motion, with pictures that capture the essence of many different breeds. It pays homage not only to the physical splendour of the horse - its grace, strength,and extraordinary adaptability - but also to the animal's remarkable diversity. Equestrian specialist Tamsin Pickeral traces the evolution of the most significant and fascinating breeds, among them , the tiny, fiery Caspian, a native of the Caspian Sea's south shore; the proud Thoroughbred; the genetically pure Icelandic Pony; the heroic Shire horse; and many others. For millenia, horses have enabled mankind to work the land effectively, travel across vast territories, go to war, and ride for sport and pleasure. The Majesty of the Horse reveals the stories behind the breeds of horses that humans have bred to produce the most efficient horse to fight on, to pull a plough, to travel on, pull a coach, or work with. Equestrian expert Tamsin Pickeral and award-winning horse photographer Astrid Harrisson spent a year combing the world in search of the best horses for The Majesty of the Horse.
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    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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    Now in its sixth edition, the Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing is an authoritative and comprehensive illustrated work of reference. The book 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 and the leading owners and trainers and the famous horses. Every personality (human and equine), event and issue of importance in the history of both flat racing and steeplechasing will be referred to somewhere in the book. In addition, the off-track world of racing will be explored through the chapters dealing with gambling, scandals and disasters, social and cultural aspects, media coverage and the business of the racing. Written by two acknowledged authorities on the racing scene, this book is the definitive work on "the horses", with every page a visually exciting and information-packed celebration of the sport. This book will be as invaluable to the fan who follows racing on television as it will be for the serious student, administrator and the media.
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    A beautifully illustrated and detailed guide to the world's horses Horses of the World is a comprehensive, large-format overview of 570 breeds of domestic and extant wild horses, including hybrids between the two and between domestic breeds and other equids, such as zebras. This beautifully illustrated and detailed guide covers the origins of modern horses, anatomy and physiology, variation in breeds, and modern equestrian practices. The treatment of breeds is organized by country within broader geographical regions--from Eurasia through Australasia and to the Americas. Each account provides measurements (weight and height), distribution, origins and history, character and attributes, uses, and current status. Every breed is accompanied by superb color drawings--600 in total--and color photographs can be found throughout the book. Describing and depicting every horse breed in existence, Horses of the World will be treasured by all who are interested in these gorgeous animals. * A unique large-format, field-guide approach that provides complete coverage of the world's 570 horse breeds*600 superb color illustrations showcasing every breed* Additional color photos and maps * Accessible text offers detailed information on each breed, including measurements, distribution, origins and history, character and attributes, uses, and current status
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    Here is a completely revised, full-colour second edition of the established go-to source for equestrian information. This comprehensive A-to-Z guide covers "everything horse" and bridges gaps in the equestrian universe between English and Western styles. More than 1,700 entries explain wide-ranging topics such as breeds, tack, facilities, equine care and management, health and safety issues, riding styles and disciplines, shows, and much more. Whether you're a rodeo hand, thoroughbred racer, seasoned professional, or armchair admirer, you'll get everything you need from noted equestrian author Jessie Haas' clear and thorough descriptions.
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    Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year AwardIn 1704 a bankrupt English merchant sent home the colt he had bought from Bedouin tribesmen near the ruins of Palmyra. Thomas Darley hoped this horse might be the ticket to a new life back in Yorkshire. But he turned out to be far more than that: and although Mr Darley's Arabian never ran a race, 95% of all thoroughbreds in the world today are descended from him. In this book, for the first time, award-winning racing writer Christopher McGrath traces this extraordinary bloodline through twenty-five generations to our greatest modern racehorse, Frankel.The story of racing is about man's relationship with horses, and Mr Darley's Arabian also celebrates the men and women who owned, trained and traded the stallions that extended the dynasty. The great Eclipse, for instance, was bred by the Duke who foiled Bonnie Prince Charlie's invasion (with militia gathered from Wakefield races) and went on to lead the Jockey Club. But he only became a success once bought and raced by a card-sharp and brothel-keeper - the racecourse has always brought high and low life together. McGrath expertly guides us through three centuries of scandals, adventures and fortunes won and lost: our sporting life offers a fascinating view into our history. With a canvas that extends from the diamond mines of South Africa to the trenches of the Great War, and a cast ranging from Smithfield meat salesmen to the inspiration for Mr Toad, and from legendary jockeys to not one, but two disreputable Princes of Wales (and a very unamused Queen Victoria), Mr Darley's Arabian shows us the many faces of the sport of kings.
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    Next to riding, there's nothing horse people love more than to pamper and groom their horses. Particularly satisfying among grooming tasks, braiding manes and tails is a calming, centering routine, enjoyed equally by horse and rider. And, of course, handsome braids are a requirement for showing in many riding disciplines.Horse trainer and instructor Charni Lewis brings the wonderful process of braiding to life in her clearly described, step-by-step guide to 30 beautiful braids. Helping the braider along are full-colour photographs and detailed illustrations showing twists and turns that make each style unique and the hand positions necessary to hold those ropes of equine hair in place. To keep hands free for braiding, the book has a nail hole at the top of each page for easy hanging on a post or barn wall.Lewis begins with detailed advice on choosing and using appropriate tools, preparing the horse, and creating a safe area in which to work. After a chapter on no-nonsense maintenance braids (used primarily to keep the horse neat and clean), she progresses through all the classic braids required for each riding discipline - from a Diamond dressage braid to the Three-rib- bon style favoured for gaited show horses. Finally, Lewis lets loose with braids that are simply fun to do. She encourages readers to experiment with a Scalloped Hunter mane braid or a Four- strand Weave for the tail. They look gorgeous, and when the novelty wears off, there are many more to try!