Best Horse Books

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I absolutely love to read books and books that are about ponies or horses are the best. Growing up I would always read horse books with my mom, I would choose horse books for reading projects at school, and come up with horse stories for creative writing projects. Even now that I am out of school still love a good horse book. 

Does that sound like you too? If so you will want to check out my 10 best horse book picks. If you don't like any of these then check out our other book lists:

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a good horse is never a bad color

A picture of the book A Good Horse Is Never A Bad Color.

A Good Horse is Never a Bad Color is a wonder horse book written by the great horse trainer Mark Rashid. In the book you are taken through all the aspects of taking care of, owning, and riding horses. Unlike some books that are dry and just stick to facts this one has personal stories throughout to keep your attention. I love how fun and personable this book is while giving good information.

Goodreads: 4.58 stars out of 5 

Available On: Amazon, Barnes & Noble,

backyard horses

A picture of the book Backyard Horses.

Like all horse girls Ellie James dreams of a horse of her own. The horse she dreams of is a beautiful black stallion who will be a champion. So when a horse, that isn't the horse she imagined, comes into her life she struggles with her dreams changing. But as we horse lovers know reality can be better than our dreams if we appreciate what we have. You won't wan to skip the book Backyard Horses by Dandi Daley Mackall.

Goodreads: 4.16 out of 5 stars

Available On: Amazon

canterwood Crest

A picture of the book Canterwood Crest.

Canterwood Crest was one of my favorite horse book series for a long time. I was in love with the idea of going to an academy like Sasha did where horseback riding is an important part of life. In the book Sasha and her horse Charm get accepted at an exclusive riding academy/boarding school. It is here that she develops her riding skills and makes lifelong friends. But it isn't always smooth sailing, especially when she rides better than some of the other girls. 

Goodreads: 4.31 out of 5 stars

Available On: Amazon

chicken soup for the horse lover's soul

A picture of the book Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul.

Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul is the sweetest, most heartwarming horse book you will read. The book is a collection of horse stories collected from horse owners, horse recues, and riders. Some of the stories will make you cry, some will make you laugh. By the end of this book you will be remember exactly why you fell in love with horses to begin with. I can't recommend this book or any of the other Chicken Soup books enough.

Goodreads: 4.12 out of 5 stars

Available On: Amazon

dear readers and riders

A picture of the book Dear Readers and Riders.

Dear Readers and Riders is a book by Marguerite Henry in which she answers questions from fans that she received over the years. The questions range from asking about her books to her personal life and everything in between. The book is noted for its warm, friendly tone and thoughtful answers. Like all of Ms. Henry's books it is worthy of awards. 

Goodreads: 4.29 out of 5 stars

Available On: Amazon

hoofprints on my heart

A picture of the book Hoofprints On My Heart.

Hoof Prints On My Heart is a wonderful horse book by author Mitzy Tait-Zeller in which she tells true stories from her life with horses. The stories range from heartwarming to hilarious and everything in between. I have no doubt the book will leave you wanting to write down your own horse filled memories to remember in the years to come.  

Goodreads: 4.40 out of 5 stars

Available On: Amazon


A picture of the book Indefensible.

Rebecca Frankeny's book Indefensible is one of the best horse books out there. In this book Amanda Wilkes has a good life. She has a job at the vet clinic, she gets to ride horses, and she has a best friend at the barn. So, when things start changing Amanda isn't sure if she likes what is happening. However, she is getting the chance to ride her best friends new and very talented horse. 

Goodreads: 3.83 out of 5 stars

Available On: Amazon

loving spirit

A picture of the book Loving Spirit.

In the horse book Loving Spirit by Linda Chapman a young girl's life is turned upside down when her parents pass away. She has to move from New Zealand to England where she knows no one except her extended family. Ellie is really lonely on the farm, but when she meets a beautiful horse named Spirit things begin to change for her. This is the first book in the Loving Spirit series. 

Goodreads: 4.29 out of 5 stars

Available On: Amazon

Mystery At saddle creek

A picture of the book Mystery at Saddle Creek.

Mystery at Saddle Creek is the second book in the Saddle Creek series by Shelly Peterson. In this exciting adventure filled book a young girl is looking forward to the summer with her Aunt. But when a crime throws the town into a tailspin Bird's summer plans suddenly change. When the police can't solve the crime Bird decides to try and solve it for them. Will she be able to solve it?

Goodreads: 4.15 out of 5 stars

Available On: Amazon

the quicksand pony

A picture of the book The Quicksand Pony.

The Quicksand Pony by Alison Lester is a wonderful book featuring the bond of a girl and her pony. In the book Biddy is forced to leave her pony behind after a series of unfortunate events. But when she comes back to find the pony all she finds is evidence that someone rescued the horse. So she goes on a mission to find her pony, but along the way she uncovers another mystery. 

Goodreads: 3.94 out of 5 stars

Available On: Amazon