Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Equestrian Sports. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Horse Life: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Riding Horses for Kids

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

The complete beginner’s guide to horses and riding for kids 8 to 12 This ultimate guide to horses for kids teaches you all about the basics of equine care―from anatomy to housing to bathing and feeding. Whether you’re just starting out or already have a horse of your own, you’ll learn how to ride, how to stay safe around horses, and how to develop a healthy and friendly relationship with them. Horse basics ―Brush up on your techniques and learn about all the necessary gear, with illustrations to explain horse body language, horse lingo, the different ways horses move, and much more. Safety first ―This standout book on horses for kids demonstrates the best practices to keep you and your horse safe during handling, training, riding, and grooming. The perfect horse for you ―Learn all about the qualities of different types of horses so you can figure out your dream breed. If you’re a horse lover, Horse Life is your perfect companion for getting ready to saddle up.

  • Author: Robyn Smith
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press; Illustrated edition (March 3, 2020)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Activities, Crafts & Games
  • ISBN: 978-1646113453
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches


2. The Horse Encyclopedia

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

From tiny ponies to heavy draught horses and rapid thoroughbreds, explore the history and variety of this noble animal that helped shape human history. A stunning celebration of the equine world,  The Horse Encyclopedia  is a fully illustrated book about horses and ponies, featuring over 150 breeds and types, including all those recognized by national horse societies.  First domesticated around 6000 years ago, horses rapidly became invaluable to humans. They pulled chariots and plows, and became essential to transport and war. In this comprehensive volume, you will discover breeds from all over the world, from imposing Shires whose ancestors carried knights in chainmail into battle, to thoroughbreds bred to run like the wind and Lipizzanas that can execute exquisite dressage moves such as the capriole where they jump with all four feet off the ground. The Horse Encyclopedia  gives concise details of each breed, including its origins and anatomy, as well as famous individuals such as Secretariat, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all.  This dazzling guide also includes expert advice on horse care, feeding and grooming, and horse health, making this a truly wonderful gift for all horse riders and equine enthusiasts.

  • Author: Elwyn Hartley Edwards
  • Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (November 29, 2016)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-1465451439
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.18 x 11.38 inches


3. The Original Horse Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Horse (CompanionHouse Books) 175 Breed Profiles, Training Tips, Riding Insights, Competitive Activities, Grooming, and Health Remedies

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

The most comprehensive single volume dedicated to horses, The Original Horse Bible is a celebration of the long relationship that humans and horses enjoy, written by two highly regarded horsewomen, the late Moira C. Allen and Sharon Biggs. This 480-page volume, elaborately illustrated by world-renowned horse photographer Bob Langrish, is divided into eleven sections, covering topics that span the world of horses, from evolution and domestication to horse riding, training, competitions and more. Section 1: “History, Physiology, and Behavior” discusses the natural history of the horse, including adaption, migration, and domestication, how horses became integral to human kind, the role of horses in society (war horses, law-enforcement horses, race horses), as well as animal welfare and the plight of wild and feral horses. The anatomy and physiology of the horse are detailed in discussions of the horse’s bodily systems, structure, senses, gait/movement, and coat and color patterns. In terms of behavior, the authors discuss the life cycle of the horse and reproduction, intelligence and trainability, and horse mentality and natural instincts. In Section 2: “Breeds and Types,” the authors trace the evolution of modern horse types from three known ancient ancestors and archaic types and extinct breeds. They describe the modern types of horses based on their particular looks and specific uses (Baroque, Cob, Hack, Hunter, Polo Pony and so forth). A detailed discussion of horse color follows, explaining the differences between each and what specific characteristics define each (buckskin, palomino, and pinto). The extensive breed chapter offers portraits of approximately 175 breeds, alphabetically arranged, from the Abaco Barb to the Welsh Pony, including many rare and handsome breeds from around the world as well as favorites like the American Quarter Horse, the Shetland Pony and the Thoroughbred. Main entries provide alternative names, region of origins, brief history, and physical descriptions for each breed. Sidebars called “Breed in Brief” offer concise overviews of the lesser known breeds. The popular hobby of horse riding is the focus of Section 3: “Activities with Horses,” which describes English, western, and driving competition as well as rodeo, competitive trail riding, vaulting, polo, and other horse sports. Section 7: “Rider Instruction” continues the discussion on riding with chapters on riding instructions, safety and fitness as well as English and western riding skills. In Section 4: “A New Horse” and Section 5 “Horsekeeping,” the Bible becomes a primer for all horse owners offering detailed information about choosing the right horse for novice riders, families, and experienced riders and purchasing the horse and the proper equipment (saddles and bridles, boots, gear, and gadgets). The section concludes with chapters on transporting horses, stabling and boarding, and feeding and grooming. Section 6: “Health” discusses veterinary care and vaccines, recognizing the signs of a healthy animal, first aid for each area of the horse’s anatomy, hoof care, and winter wear. A complete chapter is dedicated to battling parasites and pests and avoiding poisonous plants in the horse’s environment. A chapter on alternative care completes the section. Section 8:”Horse Training” focuses on various training philosophies and early handling, training lessons, solving training problems (leading, bolting, biting/nipping, rearing/buckling and shying). Section 9: “Competition” is dedicated to horse shows and classes, preparation for various kinds of shows for both the horse and the rider, and what to expect at the show. These chapters are filled with priceless firsthand advice and pointers from the authors about how to succeed at each of these events. Section 10: “Breeding Mares and Raising Foals” offers a complete overview of the reproduction of horses, with details on choosing a stallion, live cover versus artificial insemination, pregnancy, delivery, and care, imprinting, and handling of the young. Section 11: “The Senior Horse” discusses the horse’s golden years, signs of aging, nutrition and care, retirement from activities, and general care for aging animals. Horse owners will find symptoms and treatment for sixteen of the most common equine aliments (found in the appendix) to be of great utility, as are the resource section and complete index at the end of the volume.

  • Author: Moira C. Reeve
  • Publisher: CompanionHouse Books; Original edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-1933958750
  • Dimensions: 7 x 1.38 x 9 inches


4. The Horses Know (The Horses Know Trilogy Book 1)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

A piebald mare. Her chosen human. A bond with the power to change everything. The human race has all but destroyed itself and those who remain know that they must avoid repeating the mistakes of their ancestors. But it’s extremely difficult. Without horses, it would be impossible. Amarilla is one of those chosen by a horse as a Bond-Partner. She looks forward to a lifetime of learning from her horse and of passing on the mare’s wisdom to those seeking help. But then she discovers that she is the one for whom the horses have all been waiting. The one who can help them in return. In order to give the horses the help they need, Amarilla will have to achieve that which has never been attempted before. Only her beloved mare can give her the motivation, the courage and the strength to believe she can succeed. If she does, a new era will dawn for horses and humans alike... The Horses Know is the first book in The Horses Know Trilogy. Amazon readers are saying: ★★★★★ "This book is just incredible. I could not put it down." ★★★★★ "Wonderful book. I've never read anything like this before." ★★★★★ "Incredible, inspired, original writing." ★★★★★ "So thought provoking, you will never look at a horse in the same way again." ★★★★★ "Amazing book. Totally blew me away." ★★★★★ "This book has touched my heart and soul." ★★★★★ "I was absolutely spellbound from start to finish!" ★★★★★ "Thought provoking, emotive, sensational." ★★★★★ "If I could give a hundred stars to this book, I would!"

  • Author: Lynn Mann
  • Publisher: Coxstone Press; 3rd edition (July 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science & Math


5. Horse Brain, Human Brain: The Neuroscience of Horsemanship

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

An eye-opening game-changer of a book that sheds new light on how horses learn, think, perceive, and perform, and explains how to work with the horse’s brain instead of against it. In this illuminating book, brain scientist and horsewoman Janet Jones describes human and equine brains working together. Using plain language, she explores the differences and similarities between equine and human ways of negotiating the world. Mental abilities—like seeing, learning, fearing, trusting, and focusing—are discussed from both human and horse perspectives. Throughout, true stories of horses and handlers attempting to understand each other—sometimes successfully, sometimes not—help to illustrate the principles. Horsemanship of every kind depends on mutual interaction between equine and human brains. When we understand the function of both, we can learn to communicate with horses on their terms instead of ours. By meeting horses halfway, we achieve many goals. We improve performance. We save valuable training time. We develop much deeper bonds with our horses. We handle them with insight and kindness instead of force or command. We comprehend their misbehavior in ways that allow solutions. We reduce the human mistakes we often make while working with them. Instead of working against the horse’s brain, expecting him to function in unnatural and counterproductive ways, this book provides the information needed to ride with the horse’s brain. Each principle is applied to real everyday issues in the arena or on the trail, often illustrated with true stories from the author’s horse training experience. Horse Brain, Human Brain offers revolutionary ideas that should be considered by anyone who works with horses.

  • Author: Janet Jones PhD
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (June 23, 2020)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-1570769481
  • Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches


6. From the Horse's Point of View: A Guide to Understanding Horse Behavior and Language with Tips to Help You Communicate More Effectively with Your Horse

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

Do you dream of having a horse that is respectful and responsive to your requests? So many of the issues that get in the way of peak horse and human partnerships are rooted in miscommunication. Author and gifted horse instructor Debbie Steglic provides great insight into understanding and improving communication between you and your horse. Armed with knowledge about different horse personalities, learning styles, horses nonverbal language, and horse gestures, you can dramatically improve your horse's confidence and performance while also improving your own horsemanship. This extraordinary book provides great insights and solutions that will reignite your love affair with your horse and take your partnership to new levels!

  • Author: Debbie Steglic
  • Publisher: Perigan Press (November 11, 2019)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-0578602462
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches


7. 101 Ground Training Exercises for Every Horse & Handler (Read & Ride)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

Ground training is the key to a safe and pleasurable riding experience. Designed for easy reference while working with your horse, this guide can be hung on a post. Riders of all disciplines and skill levels will benefit from these exercises that reinforce good habits and help develop a strong bond between horse and rider.

  • Author: Cherry Hill
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-1612120522
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.63 x 11.5 inches


8. The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

#1  NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER • The dramatic and inspiring story of a man and his horse, an unlikely duo whose rise to stardom in the sport of show jumping captivated the nation   Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The recent Dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry’s modest farm on Long Island, he ultimately taught Snowman how to fly. Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Their story captured the heart of Cold War–era America—a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

  • Author: Elizabeth Letts
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Illustrated edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-0345521095
  • Dimensions: 5.15 x 0.75 x 8 inches


9. 55 Corrective Exercises for Horses: Resolving Postural Problems, Improving Movement Patterns, and Preventing Injury

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

A highly illustrated guide to simple yet effective methods for keeping horses sound, healthy, and performing their best. Over time, horses (like people) acquire postural habits, compensate for soreness and injury, and develop poor movement patterns. This limits performance ability, causes unsoundness and health issues, and ultimately undermines the horse's overall well–being. Jec Aristotle Ballou has made a name for herself advocating for the horse and providing sensible instruction in his schooling, conditioning, and care. Her bestselling books and popular clinics are designed to enable any horse person to correctly apply proven principles that bring measurable progress while avoiding boredom and confusion. In her latest collection of mounted and unmounted corrective exercises, Ballou demonstrates how we can actively work to improve the horse's posture and movement, whether he is: An active performance or pleasure mount. An aging or older horse that benefits from gentle exercise. A horse being rehabilitated following injury, illness, or lack of conditioning. Ballou's positive cross–training techniques are free of shortcuts, and her guidelines for analyzing the horse's posture and way of going help readers gain a new awareness of the equine body. Applicable for all disciplines and full of quality color photographs to explain the exercises, this is an integral collection that optimizes how the horse uses his body and helps ensure he stays sounder and healthier for more years of his life.

  • Author: Jec Aristotle Ballou
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books; 1st edition (June 5, 2018)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-1570768675
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches


10. The Essential Hoof Book: The Complete Modern Guide to Horse Feet - Anatomy, Care and Health, Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Equestrian Sports - August 2021

The equine hoof is a complex marvel of natural engineering, built to withstand tremendous forces and able to adapt to an astonishing range of environmental conditions. It also changes daily—for better or for worse—in response to external and internal factors. Few horse owners have the opportunity to acquire a deep understanding of the hoof, which limits their ability to advocate on their horses’ behalf and make informed decisions about hoof care and management. This book is the first resource of its kind to combine the most current and useful information available, gleaned from the research and wisdom of top hoof experts around the world, with a unique “hands-on” approach. The authors provide basic terms and anatomy, clearly illustrate the differences between healthy and unhealthy feet, discuss biomechanics and management concerns, and cover the causes, treatments, and prevention of commonly encountered problems, including laminitis, white line disease, and thrush. Along the way, readers are given activities to help them better analyze and understand the most important aspects of equine hoof health, such as hoof balance, depth of sole, and point of breakover. Easy–to–follow language, over 400 full–color photographs, and do–it–yourself exercises promise to empower horse owners and caretakers of all experience levels with the tools they need to accurately assess hoof health and keep their horses as sound and happy as possible.

  • Author: Susan Kauffmann
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books; 1st edition (October 10, 2017)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-1570767326
  • Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.1 x 9.8 inches