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post #1 of 15 Old 04-17-2012, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Books

I love horses and I love books, so naturally I'm always trying to get my hands on horse related novels :) The problem is that there don't seem to be many good horse books for young adults. I've outgrown The Saddle Club, the Thoroughbred series, stuff like that, but The Horse Whisperer (while being an amazing book) is a little too heavy for me to read very often.

What I'm wondering is if anyone can recommend some 'in-between' books for me? I was looking at the A-Circuit series on Amazon, but I don't want to actually buy anything unless I can get some good reviews for it. And unfortunately my library isn't that into horses, haha.

Oh, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I can't stand books with faulty equine information and/or terminology. No matter how good the plot I just can't get into it if I'm constantly stopping to rage about the improper use of words like 'pony', 'diagonal', and 'bridle' xD
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-17-2012, 09:23 PM
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"The Soul of the Horse" (by Joe Camp, i believe) isn't a bad read
I also enjoyed "Riding Lessons" and "Flying Changes" by Sara Gruen.
I like anything by Will James, though my favorite of his is "Smoky the Cowhorse"

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post #5 of 15 Old 04-19-2012, 12:33 AM
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Check out ON THE BACK OF A HORSE: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Equine Bond, or NO SECRET SO CLOSE, both available on Amazon
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post #7 of 15 Old 04-19-2012, 09:16 PM
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I just read the first book of the A circuit. It was okay and kept me interested enough that I finished it in 2 days. For the most part they are always doing something horse related. The writing was repetitive at times and some of the characters can get annoying. But all in all, it was a good book, I plan to keep reading the series.
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post #8 of 15 Old 04-19-2012, 09:43 PM
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I'm a bit of a reading addict so will throw out a few authors off the top of my head...

Rita Mae Brown - The Sister Jane series

Dick Francis - my all time favorite, writes mysteries centered around racing in England

Felix Francis - He wrote with his father, then after his father passed away authored a few on his own

Kit Ehrling

Jane Smiley

I've got a boatload more that are escaping me now but will come back to this thread later with more. :)

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I'm gonna say ditto to this one!
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-20-2012, 02:24 AM
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I was looking some suggestions like these. I am glad that such a thread already exists. I will check out some of these books as soon as I can.
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