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post #21 of 54 Old 12-17-2014, 08:20 PM
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All three of the my friend flicka series, Walter farleys version of man o war, fury of broken wheel...
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I used to love the Thoroughbred series when I was around that age (or maybe a bit younger). A few people have mentioned Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley but if I remember right there's quite a bit of sex, marital infidelity, and other mature themes in there, so I don't think it would be suitable for a girl that age. My favorite new horse series is Blaze of Glory, although you might want to read it yourself first. The Black Stallion books are classics, you can't go wrong there.
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I LOVED all the black stallion series! I did not read until i was 14 years old but it was my second book series i read (after erin Hunters warriors books). Lots of books, action and horses :).
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A book called "Can I Get There By Candlelight" by jean Slaughter Doty is an AWEsome horsey mystery geared towards young people. MIGHT be young for her, I made my 6th grade teacher read it aloud to my class but I was a very advanced reader. Even the non-horsey kids (aka everyone else) loved it. There is also "Summer Pony" and "Winter Pony." "A Horse Called Mystery" was also a favorite of mine.

Yes, Horse Whisperer has some quite mature content. So does Horse Heaven, actually, but both awesome books anyway.
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Another vote for the Misty of Chincoteague series, the Black Stallion/Island Stallion series, and absolutely Black Beauty!

There are also some 'young adult' horsey series I'm not too familiar with, but are popular - called something like 'saddle club'? Short, 100pg or so "books" that kids can easily consume. They're closer to mental potato chips than anything else, but everything can't be Shakespeare, or even Black Beauty. :)
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The Silver Brumby series are great....I started reading them when I was 11 or 12 and absolute loved them, I still read them now even though I know the stories by heart. Their the kind of books that you have to read them in order or the other stories won't make sense because you won't get each horses background...
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While not a novel, I found "The Songs of Horses" by Paul Belasik very enlightening as well as inspiring. This book is a collection of seven stories for riding teachers and students.

The stories view riding and the relationship between man and the horse from various perspectives spanning several centuries. One story for example tells of a riding instructor's experience helping a severely handicapped student prepare for the World Dressage Disabled Championships in Denmark. Another discusses a young rider's experience with a riding master of the 18th century who taught more by example than by words. Still another revolves around an Italian woman near the turn of the 20th century who travels Europe giving artistic riding performances. Still another relates the experiences of a young man who travels to Japan in 1970 to study under a riding master of the Samurai tradition.

Sharing these thoughts inspires me to reread this book.
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Wildfire by Zane Grey - might be a little hard to read due to the writing style but it is terrific

Ditto any of the Marguerite Henry books

War Horseby Michael Morpurgo

Non-Fiction:

The Eighty Dollar Champion - Snowman: the Horse that Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts

Ruffian: Burning from the Start by Jane Schwartz

Man O' War: A Legend Like Lightening by Dorothy Ours
Man O' War by Walter Farley

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horseby Robin Hutton
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King of the Wind, Phantom Stallion, Canterwood Crest series, and of course Black Beauty :).
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Another vote for the Misty of Chincoteague series, the Black Stallion/Island Stallion series, and absolutely Black Beauty!

There are also some 'young adult' horsey series I'm not too familiar with, but are popular - called something like 'saddle club'? Short, 100pg or so "books" that kids can easily consume. They're closer to mental potato chips than anything else, but everything can't be Shakespeare, or even Black Beauty. :)
I was darn near addicted to the saddle club as a young teen... I must have had dozens of the books. I can remember getting through the books in hours because I was a horsemad kid who couldn't actually afford riding lessons for years.

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