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#1 Great Horse Stories by Rebecca E. Ondov
From her many years in the saddle, horsewoman Rebecca Ondov offers this inspiring collection of horse stories that will touch your heart with wonder. Saddle up and ride with her to discover the unique personalities and extraordinary devotion horses reveal and the amazing ways they change lives. You’ll meet…Blackie, a spirited horse who helps turn a young man’s life around; Tuk, a frisky colt who becomes a long-awaited answer to prayer; Gus, a gray gelding who provides comfort and hope; Sedona, a castaway horse who proves redemption is always possible; and Starlet, a filly who inspires a girl to get involved and make a difference.
#2 National Geographic Kids Readers: Gallop! by Kitson Jazynka
Calling all pony lovers, horse fanatics, and bookworms! Trot through 100 enchanting equine facts in this new levelled reader, perfect for fluent readers.
Packed with weird-but-true facts and tons of equestrian animal info, this Level 3 Reader gallops right into the world of horses–from wild ponies to superstar racers to the shared history of humans and horses.
#3 The Horse Encyclopedia by Elwyn Hartley Edwards
From tiny ponies to heavy draught horses and rapid thoroughbreds, explore the history and variety of this noble animal that helped shape human history.
Through its valuable contributions in transport, trade, warfare, culture, and sport, the horse is among the most influential domesticated animals in human history. The Horse Encyclopedia is the definitive guide to the evolution, anatomy, and origins of each horse breed and its place in history, art, and culture. It also documents some famous individual horses, as well as iconic owners, riders, and breeders, paying homage to equestrian history.
#4 The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies by DK
Do you dream about riding a horse and want to really get to know them? Would you like to learn how to take care of a horse, what equipment to use, or enter the world of equestrian sports? Discover the secrets of gorgeous horses and ponies in this fun, lively book. Packed with colorful photos, fur-tastic facts, and bite-sized information, The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies takes you into their fascinating world. Find out about favorite breeds from Shire horse to Shetland pony. Learn about horses and ponies from around the globe, and be amazed by their beautiful colorings and patterns. Young equine enthusiasts will be champing at the bit to read this wonderful treasury of horses and ponies.
#5 The Man Who Listens To Horses by Monty Roberts
When Monty Roberts was thirteen years old he went off on his own to the deserts of Nevada to watch mustangs in the wild. What he learned about their methods of communication changed his life forever.
The Man Who Listens to Horses reveals his deep love and understanding of horses. We learn how, through his relationship with various horses, he gradually developed the methods which enabled him to communicate with horses in their own language, a silent language of gestures similar to sign language: the unique art of the horse whisperer. According to Monty, anyone can learn the language of the horse and anyone can learn his Join-Up® methods. In this amazing true life book he tells you how.
#6 Secretariat Paperback by William Nack
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.
#7 The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
A True Story of a Father's Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son.
Rupert Isaacson's The Horse Boy is one family's epic journey to rescue their son.
Rupert and Kirstin Isaacson were heartbroken when they learned that their two-year-old son Rowan was autistic. And with each passing day, Rowan's growing isolation, his uncontrollable fits, each failed treatment, filled them with despair.
Then one day Rowan escaped and ran into a field of horses. Rupert watched in horror - but saw a miracle occur. The horses responded lovingly to Rowan - and he to them. Could Rowan's affinity with these animals save their son from his condition?
#8 Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards
When she agrees to take on one of the abused horses just rescued by the local SPCA, a new chapter opens in Susan Richardss difficult life. She lost her mother at the age of five and was raised by uncaring relatives; she married unhappily and divorced, and she'd been an alcoholic. Now, at the age of forty-three, she lives with three horses who keep her company: the diva-like Georgia, boyish Tempo and hopelessly romantic Hotshot. While trying to capture another horse assigned to her, Lay Me Down, a skeletal mare, walks into Susans horse trailer of her own volition. When Susan agrees to take her, she begins to forge a special, healing relationship that alters her life. Poignant and evocative, this is a book for anyone who has ever loved a horse, and for everyone who has ever lost a loved one.
#9 The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackery
Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.
The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie's first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.
#10 How to Think Like a Horse by Cherry Hill
The Essential Handbook for Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do.
someone who works with horses how best to communicate with a balky colt and she will tell you that horses do not respond to human cajoling. To be successful the human must understand and work with, not against, the horse's instincts, needs, and fears. When a trainer resorts to human teaching methods - reasoning, begging, bribing, even hugging and kissing - the horse will be confused and unable to respond appropriately. But if horses are treated respectfully with methods they understand, everyone involved - animal and human - will be happier, safer, and more productive. Horse trainer and instructor, Cherry Hill believes that every greater human/horse relationship benefits from a greater human understanding of what motivates horses, how they experience the world, what makes them happy, and what worries them.
#11 When Sophie Met Darcy Day by Helen Yeadon
A heartwarming collection of stories from a woman who brings together disadvantaged children and abandoned racehorses, with remarkable results.
Thirteen-year-old Sophie hadn’t uttered a word to anyone for over two years when she got out of her parents' car at a remote farm in Devon. Her parents were beside themselves with worry, and at the end of their tether, but try as they might, nothing seemed to make a difference. They’d heard about a place called Greatwood through friends – where owners Helen and Michael Yeadon looked after retired racehorses – and decided to take Sophie along for a visit.
#12 Why Do Horses Sleep Standing Up? by Marty Becker & Audrey Pavia
101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered About Equine Enigmas, Medical Mysteries, and Befuddling Behaviors.
So you think you know horses? Do you love horses? Whether you live to ride, love to pet, or like to cheer on your favorite at the races, you'll get the inside track on all things equine in this must-read compendium. From breeding and behavior to medical tips and trivia, plus historical and contemporary facts, it's all here to give you more horse sense. 'America's Favorite Vet' Dr. Marty Becker and his wife, Teresa, team up with award-winning writer and horsewoman Audrey Pavia and syndicated columnist Gina Spadafori to answer everything you'd ever want to know about horses--and more! How long does it take for a baby horse to learn how to stand? What's the difference between a pony and a horse? Why can't a horse just wear a cast on a broken leg? How much horsepower does a horse really have? How do directors get horses to fall down in movies? Do horseshoes really bring good luck? Why do horses walk and poop at the same time? Does a horse know if he has won a race? Is it true horses can't throw up? Are horses good swimmers? Do horses have good memories? While no one will ever be able to fully explain the mutual love, trust, and devotion between humans and horses, this book will bring you one step closer. Giddy up!
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