Archive for the ‘Horse Books’ Category
Children’s author Deanie Humprhys-Dunne has recently done a revised edition of Charlene the Star. This delightful children’s story has a wonderful life lesson. It explores the concept of finding what you do well – and that which you enjoy – and pursuing this.
This is the first book in the Charlene the Star series. Charlene is a beautiful chestnut filly with a rich red coat. She is a thoroughbred with a family that has performed well on the track. Although she grows up in a beautiful home and is well cared for, Charlene questions if there might be more to life than running. She just doesn’t seem to have the heart for it.
Following her mother’s wise advice, Charlene decides to give racing a go. After all, it is anticipated that she will do it well – and enjoy it. When this doesn’t seem to be the case, Charlene remembers another piece of advice from her mother. She was told to try her best but if she didn’t like racing, then to find a way to let her trainer and exercise rider know.
Charlene the Star
Charlene is under the care of some observant handlers. When they realise that her heart isn’t in racing, they consider what else she could do.
Charlene the Star is a short story made up of some delightful characters. It is beautifully illustrated by Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.
For those who are looking for horse books for their young readers, you can’t go past Deanie’s books that are for children, with life lessons. There is always a moral to the stories and they are positive. At the end of this story is a set of questions to test reader’s memory and comprehension of the book.
Carole, Lisa and Stevie have been offered an incredible opportunity in Pack Trip, book 18 of the Saddle Club series. Their friend Kate Devine has called with a request for them to join her and Christine on a pack trip in the mountains.
The first obstacle is to determine how they will afford the trip. When they are able to find a solution to this problem, it is then a question of Stevie convincing her parents that she can go – and that she’ll get on top of her homework before the end of the trip.
There are three other riders who will be going on the trip also and it seems that they’re each matched to the Saddle Club! Stevie has found a fellow trickster in Amy, whilst Lisa is drawn to Amy’s brother, Seth. Carole is rapt to be able to consistently talk horses with John.
As the trip progresses, Amy gets more impulsive. This then causes the others to question if she is fun or just plain dangerous. Seth is desperate to protect his sister and Lisa finds herself drawn into their drama as she works to help Seth. Stevie recognises the issue before anyone else and calls a Saddle Club meeting – it’s time to intervene! But can the other girls convince Lisa to see reason – and before Amy does something that puts them all in danger?
Pack Trip is an action packed novel by Bonnie Bryant that is full of adventure and horses, of course. It’s nice to find Kate and Christine in the picture again and the trip is well described. An interesting and also entertaining read.
The first book in the Sonrise Stable series, Rosie and Scamper was downloaded for free from the Sonrise Stable website. This series focuses on horses and the Christian faith. It is aimed at pre-teens.
Rosie and Scamper takes a journey over a couple of years. The reader is first introduced to young Rosie and her adventures with her grandmother who owns and loves horses. Rosie loves her grandmother’s pony Jet and is excited at the prospect of Jet having a foal. When Scamper comes along however, the situation is far from pleasant.
Rosie learns to work with Scamper whilst he is young, improving his ground manners and training. A couple of years later she is even able to get on his back and learn right along with him. During this journey, Rosie becomes acquainted with the neighbours’ foster daughter, Carrie.
Although they have a rocky start, the two become firm friends and Carrie learns to ride and love horses, too. Rosie and Scamper looks at horse ownership and care and the Christian faith. Rosie’s grandmother has many bible verses and stories to help explain things in life. She is a very loving and knowledgeable character.
Carrie learns in time how wonderful Rosie’s parents, cousins and aunts and uncles are, too. As she comes to love Rosie’s family, Carrie is delighted by a request of theirs at the end of the story. Rosie and Scamper is a beautiful tale for young readers with a lot of horse information, plenty of bible verses and much adventure. The book is concluded with an interview with a horse trainer and details about horse hair jewellery that was referenced in the story for readers to learn about.
This is a non fiction horse book that I recently downloaded for free on Kindle. Finding Your Equine Soul Mate: A Guide to Buying Your First Horse is an easy to read guide for first time horse buyers. It is broken up into the areas of getting started, finding a horse trainer, determining your budget and what you want in a horse. After this, the reader learns about horse shopping, the purchase process, bringing the horse home, horse auctions and some final thoughts.
I believe this book to be of value particularly because it is written by someone who is in the know. Michele has a background with horses – owning, competing, training and instructing others. She is therefore able to guide first time buyers about what to look out for when purchasing their dream horse.
Interspersed through the chapters are stories from other people about purchasing experiences. Some of these are incredible and scary – there are some not nice characters in the horse selling world!
When looking at what the buyer would like in a horse, different disciplines are explained. For those who want to know more, various books and websites are provided as reference points for the reader. This was a nice added bit of value.
The book seemed to me to have a particularly American focus, when I feel the topic is relevant to anyone around the world. It didn’t however detract from the information in the book; there were just some terms or assumptions that indicated buying a horse in the United States. Finding Your Equine Soul Mate by Michele Cook is an easy to understand book with valuable information for those looking to invest in their first horse.
It seems to be a time for non fiction horse books for me! I recently finished reading The Infinite Magic of Horses by Candida Baker. This was a book I was gifted back in 2009 but have only now taken the time to sit down and read! I love the cover – it’s gorgeous.
Perhaps half of the chapters within the book are written by Candida herself. The chapters may be as short as a couple of pages, or half a dozen or so pages long. Each chapter is a separate story about horses and how they have impacted someone’s life for the better. The lessons learned from each contributor in the book work together to provide a great collection of short stories for the horse enthusiast.
In between the stories, a collection of beautiful photos can be found on the pages. Many of these horse photos are also accompanied by a horse quote on the following page. This is a nice touch and breaks up the book really well.
The Infinite Magic of Horses by Candida Baker
Some of the stories are by well known horse people or trainers – such as Frank Bell – and others by humble horse owners. The Infinite Magic of Horses book is a really interesting read with some truly touching stories. Each story explores different breeds and disciplines that can be found with horses. It even shows how the equine species has lifted people up out of depression and other threatening situations.
This was a great gift from a friend. It is also one I am sure would be a blessing to anyone else it is purchased for.
I was recently given the opportunity to read another horse book in time for it’s release. This one is another non fiction book – Spike by Alyssa knee. It focuses around a warmblood gelding named Spike. His owner Alyssa Knee details in the book how she came to own Spike and her challenges with managing his condition.
Spike suffers from lordosis, a congenital condition that affects the horse’s spine. Because of his condition, he has an extreme sway back. Consequently, fitting saddles is extremely difficult, which can greatly affect his comfort whilst being ridden.
Alyssa explains in her book Spike what challenges she has encountered as an owner of a lordotic horse. She explores too the misconceptions about the condition as well as the various professionals she has engaged to ensure the wellbeing of her horse.
Prior to reading Spike, I had heard of lordosis. However, I wasn’t actually familiar with what it is or how it affects the horse – and the horse’s owner! This book is a good start to opening people’s eyes about a condition that greatly affects horses that have it. Alyssa is able to show how affected horses can have a normal life, in spite of needing to be managed specially with regards to fitting tack.
Alyssa highlights the research she undertook to learn about Spike’s condition, the best type of saddle to fit to him and other things she could do to help him live a normal life and ensure his welfare. She even mentions a Facebook group that has been set up for owners of lordotic horses.
I found all of these points interesting to read about. However, I was disappointed to not have any reference points to check them out myself! This book was an insightful read that could be further improved by having a list of references for further reading at the end. The story of Spike is concluded with a list of questions and answers and some photos over the years. For those interested in reading about a horse with lordosis from the point of view of the owner, Spike is your go to book.
I downloaded this recently on Kindle. The Painted Pony is a short story for children by Angharad Thompson Rees. It focuses around a pony named Stargazer that is a part of a merry-go-round at a fair.
Stargazer enjoys his life as he brings joy to children as they go round and round on him at the fair. It is only when one young boy comes to visit and ride him, that the pony questions if there may be more to life. Sebastian has a gift – he can talk with Stargazer. He talks of freedom and the beautiful wild horses of the Camargue.
Sebastian finishes his ride before Stargazer has heard all he wants to about the wild horses of the Camargue. He pleads with Sebastian to tell him more. And so the young boy promises to return when no one else is around.
True to his promise, Sebastian comes back at night when things are quiet. He tells Stargazer more about the wild horses. The pony is fascinated to hear too, that the young boy is able to talk only with those animals who desire to be free; to have a different life.
Stargazer asks the young boy how he can be free. This is when he learns an important lesson: it is through one’s own desires and actions that we are able to bring change to our circumstances.
The Painted Pony is a short story with an important moral for all readers. Although it may be aimed at kids, the theme to the story is applicable for all. It is an enjoyable read that is one of the six enchanting pony stories for children that make up Magical Adventures and Pony Tails.
“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” ― Helen Thompson
I downloaded Head over Hoof by Mara A Miller when it was free on Kindle. The cover got me – the colours are just beautiful! This novel is aimed at adults and focuses on a young woman named Brianna.
After the loss of her parents, Brianna finds herself having custody of her fourteen year old brother. Trying to juggle supporting him, having a life and gaining an education proves to be too much and Brianna has to make some hard choices.
When her Aunt Lora is able to take on her brother Kevin, Brianna is rapt to be able to go back to study. She finds shared accommodation with another woman who is studying at the same university. Cyn seems nice enough and Brianna is glad to have her own space. As she gets to know her roommate, she is surprised by the woman’s open relationship with her long term boyfriend, Adrian.
Brianna finds herself drawn to Adrian and the horses that he owns and works with. Happy to pass off her attraction as nothing to pay attention to, she is mortified when her roommate suggests that Brianna pursue Adrian – in spite of the fact that Cyn is his girlfriend.
Head over Hoof has some interesting characters and a good mix of horse and university events. The story could be a great romance, but I struggled with the whole open relationship concept throughout the novel. Cyn’s character is not one I liked – she seems very manipulative and mixed up. Brianna’s ignorance or naivety toward the end of the novel surprised me, too. It seemed surprising that she wouldn’t come to the conclusion that others around her did.
Head over Hoof ends where you don’t want it to, leaving things hanging in the air. Great for those who want to read the next novel! I guess I was expecting a happy ending and so was miffed how things turned out. An interesting read.
Jenifer Morrissey’s the Partnered Pony: What’s Possible, Practical and Powerful with Small Equines is an incredibly interesting read. As someone who’s been blessed by the ponies in her life, Jenifer shows how it is possible to partner with them in many ways. Perhaps this is by using them in your work or enjoying a ride with them. Jenifer shows that even by doing other day-to-day jobs, ponies can be included and utilised with a bit of creativity.
With a particular focus on working ponies, Jenifer divides this non fiction work into many short chapters that are each a story in themselves. She mainly details her own experiences working with her ponies. Many of these are Fell ponies. In these experiences she explores the concept of partnering with a pony, and dealing with health issues such as hoof care and laminitis. She also touches on colic as well as riding and working with the ponies.
Other chapters detail gems of advice she has learned from horse owners, trainers and other well known horse figures. As I read through many of the chapters, I found myself highlighting terms or names. I would then go and do a search online. The result has been half a dozen or so ideas for posts in Equus Education! I love horse books that open your eyes to more possibilities with horses. The Partnered Pony has definitely done that for me.
For those who enjoy an educational read, I encourage you to get the Partnered Pony: What’s Possible, Practical and Powerful with Small Equines. It is a book that explores various possibilities whilst working with ponies (or horses!). The short chapters make it an easy read to do little by little, or in a bulk sitting.
I have recently come across FictFact whilst looking up an equine author. It looks like an interesting tool and my books are in the process of being added. Whilst browsing, once again I got to thinking… there are a few different sites that allow for your love of books to be interactive and public – Goodreads and LibraryThing come to mind. So why not a horse book interactive site?
It seems that FictFact provides details in particular on book series. In this way, you can keep up to date on new releases in series from authors. You can also make sure you’re reading the series in book order.
Great idea! I love that Goodreads allows you to track your progress as you read a book. Opportunities to read and review on Goodreads and Librarything are appealing, too.
Horse Book Interactive Site
FictFact makes their money through affiliate sales on Amazon as well as donations via PayPal. For the horse book enthusiast, I am sure a horse book interactive site could be set up and earn an income in time. Things to include could cover:
- Ability to rate horse books
- Chance to follow authors and book series
- Links to be able to buy horse books
- Chances to vote on best horse books and covers
- Interviews with horse book authors
Really, what is included is down to the programming capabilities of the creator/s and their imagination! This is a potential residual income earner, too.
A horse book interactive site I believe could become as popular as Goodreads with horse fans. And when it comes to horse authors, I am sure they would also love such a set up to promote their works.
“From horses we may learn not only about the horse itself but also about animals in general, indeed about ourselves and about life as a whole.” ― George Gaylord Simpson