Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

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

1. Fun Unicorn Composition Notebook: Wide-Ruled, 7.5 x 9.25, 100 Pages, For kids, teens, and adults (Composition Notebooks)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

Wide-Ruled. 7.5 x 9.25. 100 Pages. For kids, teens, and adults. Fun soft matte cover. Great for school, journaling, or drawing.

  • Author: Mark Alan
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 18, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 979-8539437855
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.23 x 9.25 inches


2. Selah's Sweet Dream (Dream Horse Adventures)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

Award Winning Juvenile Fiction The emotional detail makes Selah a genuine, young heroine. When an ordinary girl rescues a lost horse, she dreams of becoming an equestrian superstar. Twelve-year-old Selah trains with a fierce determination, but the mare is wild and defiant. Selah must gather her courage or watch her dreams gallop away. American Horse Publications – FIRST Place Equine Fiction Feathered Quill – GOLD Award Readers Favorite – GOLD Award EQUUS Film Festival – Finalist For fans of the classic horse stories like Black Beauty and The Black Stallion.

  • Author: Susan Count
  • Publisher: Hastings Creations Group (December 15, 2015)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0997088304
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.45 x 9 inches


3. Composition Notebook: Wide Ruled Paper Horse Notebook Journal | Blank Wide Lined Workbook for Girls Boys Kids Teens Students | Simple Design | Back to Scool Gift

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

Composition Notebook Features: Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25 inch, perfect size to carry around Perfect notebook & journal for habit tracking, budget tracking, planning, journaling, notes, ... 110 wide ruled white pages Matte cover to protect your notes Designed in USA

  • Author: Mindy Love
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 17, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 979-8539325602
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.25 x 9.25 inches


4. A Step By Step Guide To Starting And Running A Successful Horse Boarding Business: The Comprehensive Book Of Horse Boarding & Effective Barn Management

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

This book is being recognized and used in College Equine Programs across the country!  A fantastic resource for starting and running a horse business. This book will open your eyes to the world of horse boarding and all that it encompasses. The FIRST complete book of starting and running a horse boarding business and includes the financials for your entire operation. Two of the most often asked questions I get from people who want to start a boarding business are, "Where do I start?" and "Can I make money at boarding horses?"  This book is a step by step guide on what you need to do to get your barn or stable up and going and how to maintain a strong and healthy boarding business. Whether you want to run a large facility or a small stable this book will cover everything you need to know to help you start off with a strong foundation for your business. This book includes  Designing your barn and stable for efficiency (with all four seasons in mind) when it comes to the daily chores, turnout and weather and how that affects your revenue monthly and seasonally Walking through size and cost verses revenue that you will generate and how to determine your board rates.  Writing a business plan for the bank and yourself (This is so important even if you are not borrowing!) Boarding contracts, barn rules, arena riding rules and that is just the beginning Designing your stalls, fencing, tack rooms, and storage area for hay, grain and bedding plus so much more!  All parts of herd management in great detail plus how to correct issues that arise - which they will! How to find the right clients, barn manager, trainers and employees for your boarding business - So important! How to give a thirty-day notice and create a drama free boarding stable - yes it can be done! Trainers and other equine professionals and how that will affect your business Special requests and what is reasonable and what is not and figuring out what works for you Business insurance, accounting and lawyers and what they mean to your business Plus so much more!   Please check out the table of contents for a detailed list of what is discussed in this book You will experience many issues owning a boarding stable and this book will walk you through many of them because I have experienced them first hand and learned from all of them. I have included a current business plan (designed especially for the horse boarding industry), boarding contract and barn rules which is only the beginning. This book will walk you through every step and give you tasks lists and suggestions for every part of your business from designing your barn to seeking a loan.  It covers extensive pages on herd management, turnout and paddocks and how to design them and what to think about before  you put the first post in the ground. I discuss the financial part of business ownership throughout the book and how to streamline your chores and hire employees. I discuss conflict resolution, the barn manager's role and client relations and the intention of this book is to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls of barn management and business ownership and that is only the beginning. The topics that are covered in this book are extensive and you won't find a more current book on running a boarding business. This book will benefit any size boarding operation. A large boarding barn equates to a large scale effort and risk. A small boarding stable carries lower financial risk but requires the same planning to be successful and can have many of the same issues as a large facility. Every area of the horse industry is impacted by the boarding stable and no matter the size; each plays an integral part in the success and stability of the equine industry.

  • Author: Sheri Grunska
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 26, 2018)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-1545355954
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.73 x 11 inches


5. Frosty: The Adventures of a Morgan Horse (Morgan Horse Series, Book 2)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

Winner of the national book award, "Children's Choices" co-sponsored by The International Reading Association and The Children's Book Council. An Accelerated Reader Book Frosty, the second book in the Morgan Horse series, continues the adventures of Heather Richardson and her horse Blackjack. In addition, the story introduces a new character, a rare gray Morgan named Frosty. Through Frosty, Heather realizes that not all horses are meant to be show ring stars. Although disappointed at first, she soon discovers that Frosty's real talent lies in the area of trail riding, and it isn't long before Heather loves this sport. She and Frosty become trail buddies and must learn to trust each other if they are to survive the woods of Vermont...

  • Author: Ellen F. Feld
  • Publisher: Willow Bend Publishing; 3rd edition (May 1, 2015)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-0983113867


6. The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book: Enlightened and Revolutionary Solutions for the 21st Century

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

A superbly illustrated instructional manual offering groundbreaking, step-by-step solutions for hundreds of horse behavior, health, and training problems.

  • Author: Linda Tellington-Jones
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-1570763205
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches


7. The First 51 Barrel Racing Exercises to Develop a Champion (Volume 2)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

Author Heather Smith has gone above and beyond to share 51 game-changing barrel racing exercises in Volume II of the series. With each barrel racing drill, she's provided descriptions for when and why they are appropriate, as well as how to implement each exercise for best results . The First 51 Barrel Racing Exercises to Develop a Champion provides tools for creating greater awareness and advancing skills to empower barrel racers to dissolve obstacles standing in the way of barrel racing success , with chapters addressing rider development, advanced groundwork, quality movement, problem solving, the mental game (for both horse and rider), and much more . Guidelines are offered for barrel horse training , as well as barrel racing tips for building strength and coordination - necessary for expressing athleticism and speed on the barrel pattern. What sets this one-of-a-kind resource apart even further is that it provides specific techniques for developing mental engagement in barrel horses, resulting in greater understanding, responsiveness and communication. Within many of the barrel racing drills featured are actually several barrel racing exercises described with possibilities for variation and expansion for customizing to meet the individual needs of each horse and rider as they advance. Truly unique and valuable in that it addresses the mental, physical and emotional aspects of training the barrel horse (and barrel racer), The First 51 Barrel Racing Exercises to Develop a Champion will become your #1 resource for learning and continuing to do the simple things with excellence , which is the foundational element necessary for high-level success in every equestrian discipline. REVIEWS " Your book gives the real information that we are all looking for. It is easy to understand and it is those little tips for barrel racing that the professionals do not tell. I never realized what "get more with less" really meant until you explained it clearly. You are really helping horses with people problems more than you can imagine. " - Pat B. " I've been having trouble with my mare at increased speed... When I got to the section talking about dropping your stirrups, I thought 'hmmm...maybe I should try that!' Your book has helped me and my mare so much! ...our turns are even more 'snappy.' Thank you for offering your time to all of us who dream of making that perfect run!! " - Lisa P. " Finally, finally there is a top-notch guide for BOTH horse & rider! Any equestrian knows that we don't just "sit there," but the coordination to work with our 1,200 lb. teammate make us true athletes. This book is well laid out and easy to use. HIGHLY recommend to any barrel racer wanting to up their game and get the best from yourself and your horse. " - Marsha H.

  • Author: Heather A. Smith
  • Publisher: The First 51 Barrel Racing Exercises to Develop a Champion (May 12, 2014)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-0692205464
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.33 x 11 inches


8. The Man Who Listens to Horses: The Story of a Real-Life Horse Whisperer

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

Monty Roberts is a real-life horse whisperer--an American original whose gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication possible between man and animal. He can take a wild, high-strung horse who has never before been handled and persuade that horse to accept a bridle, saddle, and rider in thirty minutes. His powers may seem like magic, but his amazing "horse sense"  is based on a lifetime of experience. Roberts started riding at the age of two, and at the age of thirteen he went alone into the high deserts of Nevada to study mustangs in the wild. What he learned there changed his life forever.      Monty Roberts has spent his whole life working with horses--schooling them, listening to them, and learning their ancient equine language. In The Man Who Listens to Horses, he tells about his early days as a rodeo rider in California, his problems with his violent horse-trainer father, who was unwilling to accept Monty's unconventional training methods, his friendship with James Dean, his struggle to be accepted in the professional horse-training community, and the invitation that changed his life--to demonstrate his method of "join-up"  to the Queen of England.      From his groundbreaking work with horses, Roberts has acquired an unprecedented understanding of nonverbal communication, an understanding that applies to human relationships as well. He has shown that between parent and child, employee and employer (he's worked with over 250 corporations, including General Motors, IBM, Disney, and Merrill Lynch), and abuser and abused, there are forms of communication far stronger than the spoken word and that they are accessible to all who will learn to listen. This inspirational and gentle man, first introduced to the American public on Dateline NBC, is part James Herriot, part Bill Gates, and part John Wayne. And his story is one you will never forget.

  • Author: Monty Roberts
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (August 5, 1997)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-0679456582
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches


9. Trainer Training: 100 Tips for the Professional Horse Trainer

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

(Unillustrated)  "Trainer Training: 100 Tips for the Professional Horse Trainer" primarily concerns itself with the BUSINESS of being a horse trainer with sections on marketing, finances, client-relations & the conducting of special events. This is NOT a horse training book for the non-professional. I urge you to view the Table of Contents as listed below or via Amazon's "Look Inside" function to judge whether this book is right for you. Topics include: Chapter 1: Marketing Yourself (General Promotion, Online Promotion) Chapter 2: Finances (How Much to Charge, Finding Your Niche, Offering Discounts) Chapter 3: Working with Clients (Their Horses, Client Relations, Teaching the Client, Making Money, Other Trainers) Chapter 4: Clinics, Speaking Engagements, Demos (Event Planning, Clinic Promotion, Clinic Finances, The Host, Student Relations, Your Presentation, Conducting Your Event, Making Money) Chapter 5: Survival (Contracts, Safety, Teaming Up) Chapter 6: Training Tactics (Explaining Collection and more) Chapter 7: Inside Jokes (Top 5 Emails I Purposely Forget to Return and more) "Trainer Training" offers one hundred situations a working horse trainer might face (be they just starting out or a seasoned veteran of the trade). Written specifically for those who have chosen horse training as a career, this is a compilation of one hundred "things I've learned" throughout my over thirty years with horses, sixteen plus of them as a pro in the equine industry. Some are listed quickly, some are placed in greater detail. (For each entry, to paraphrase Mozart, I used "only as many notes" as necessary and point the reader toward further resources when the subject matter threatens to creep beyond the scope of this book.)  This is not meant to outline "the only way" to do things or to look at things - it's simply one hundred profitable and quick pieces of advice I'd offer a compatriot were I asked. Every horse trainer reading this could easily make their own list - and, given our myriad experiences on the job, our disparate backgrounds, I doubt we'd overlap all that much. And, there, it's that "lack of overlap" that gives this book both its perspective and value.  My background (beyond "horses") is in marketing strategy, promotion, writing, and as a long-time computer geek. Hence, the tips contained herein focus - to a great extent - on those segments of our business (including mistakes to avoid). Note also that a great deal of the info also circles around special events (clinics, symposiums, talks, etc.) that a pro might offer - in large part, because this is where so darned many weird things can happen (and where much money can be made). kdp-p3

  • Author: Keith Hosman
  • Publisher: Independently published (May 4, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 979-8746776334
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.34 x 8 inches


10. What I'd Teach Your Horse: Training & Re-Training the Basics (Horse Training How-To) (Volume 8)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horse Showing & Training - August 2021

Here's how to train (or "re-train") a horse , your map to building the foundation every horse needs regardless of age, breed or background, regardless of riding discipline (English or Western), regardless of what you've planned for your mare, stallion, colt or filly's future. It's your guide to learning and practicing proven, natural horsemanship tips & techniques, methods vital to ensuring future success - because your horse won't change until you do. Unillustrated (no pictures), 219 pages When you finish this horse training book of mine, you'll have a horse that's better trained and more dependable than 99% of the others at your barn, a horse that goes where you want it to go at a speed you pick, a partner to hit the trail with or to enjoy in a thousand other ways. But you'll also have a horse that's had the schooling necessary to move to the next level (showing & competing) if and when you're ready. You'll be set to train for barrels, roping, or reining, eventing, jumping or dressage. Section I is pure step-by-step "horse training." It's what to do and precisely how to do it. It's what every horse needs to know, young or old. Section II is the theory (the horsemanship) every rider needs to know. Practice the first few chapters in order as written. Beyond that, feel free to mix & match depending on your needs or riding abilities. Some chapters are dependent upon others, but in those cases I've spelled out necessary prerequisites covered elsewhere in this book. Contents SECTION I BASIC TRAINING - Legs Mean Move - Hip Control Part I - Hip Control Part II - Classic Serpentine - Train Your Horse to Travel Straight - Clockwork: Teach Anything to Your Horse - Shoulder Control - Reverse Arc Circle - How to Fix Leaning Shoulders - Serpentine: Indirect to Direct - Basics of Speed Control - Slow Down Part I: Move the Hip - Slow Down Part II: Train the Brain - Balky Horses: Comatose One Minute, Hot to Trot the Next - Crossing Creeks & Scary Stuff - Teach Your Horse to Lower Its Head While Standing - Better Back Ups - Simple Steps to Power Steering - Diagonal Movement (Leg Yields Without the Legs) - Softening - Getting Leads - A Fix for Cross-Firing (Cross-Cantering) - Hips, Get Behind the Shoulders (And Stay Put) - Hips-in (Haunches-in or Travers) - Neck Reining How-To SECTION II HORSEMANSHIP The First Thing I Do Here's the 1st thing you should do with your horse today and any horse that's "new to you." Each Time You Mount Up, Do This Here's a small thing you can do to keep your horse's attitude in check and prevent mount-up problems from taking root. How to Pick Up Your Reins Like a Pro It's critical that you become practiced with your hands, your primary source of communication. This is--in detail--how to handle your reins. Horse Training Magic: Release on the Thought Two days from now your friends at the barn will point at you excitedly, step from your path reverently and coo "oooh" as they watch you ride. What You're Feeling For Just as another person might reach out a hand to shake yours as you approach, a trained horse will read your body language and act, not waiting for a tug on the reins. Reins Tell Direction Legs Tell Speed Is your horse getting dull to your cues? Maybe you're burning out your cues, using them as both a "heads-up" & motivator. Plus: Talking Horse See Yourself Leading When Riding Perfect the First Time 6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Training Rider Checklists Diagnosing Problems

  • Author: Keith Hosman
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (March 29, 2014)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
  • ISBN: 978-1497496811
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.5 x 8 inches