What to Read This Winter: Books for Horse Lovers
Cold weather is fast approaching, so stay inside and bundle up with some of our favorite horse books.
By Gary Hawkes, 2017 AQHA communications and digital marketing intern | November 9, 2017
We know being with our horse is ideal in any situation, but sometimes the weather has different plans for us. Lucky for you, we compiled a list of books featuring our great equine partner.
Book No. 1: “Horse-Showing Humor”
You’re guaranteed to laugh as you relate and commiserate with author and fellow AQHA amateur Pamela-Britton Baer. This AQHA e-book sheds light on an amateur’s life in the horse-show world, #horseownerproblems and the trials and tribulations of being a horse-show mom.
Nothing says a great read more than the story of Buck Brannaman. This man has seen and done it all, but still finds room to learn. This book is a look at a few of his training methods and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Robert Redford movie “The Horse Whisperer.”
Get the Kleenex ready for this heart-wrenching true story about a great underdog later to be named “Snowman.” His soon-to-be-owner saw him in a truck bound for the slaughterhouse and purchased the horse for $80; little did he know the horse would become a jumping champion.
Book No. 4: “A Lifetime Affair: Lessons Learned Living My Passion”
AQHA Professional Horsewoman and Judge Stephanie Lynn takes you on a compelling ride in her memoir, sharing some of life’s most important lessons. Some of her greatest teachers in life were AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lynn Palm, challenging circumstances and, you guessed it, horses.
Don’t put the tissues away just yet. This is a great story about a Mustang plucked out of his herd in Nevada, then sadly placed in an abusive situation. Luckily his life gets turned around. How? You’ll just have to read it to find out ...
Book No. 6: “The Hearts of Horses”
Many a horsewoman will relate to the heroine of this novel - a shy, strong-willed girl with a serious knowledge of horses. While most ranch hands are off fighting in World War I, she finds an influx of work starting horses, and her gentle approach yields miraculous results.
Written by an award-winning New York Times sportswriter, “American Pharoah” isn’t just the story of the ethereal colt’s rise to stardom; the book also tells the tales of the people around him, including trainer Bob Baffert, who got his start in American Quarter Horse racing. Of course, AP’s escort horse and equine BFF, This Whiz Shines, aka “Smokey,” gets a mention. The book doesn’t dive too deep into Smokey’s past as a reining horse, but we’ll forgive the author because the rest of the biography is just that good.
Book No. 8: “Broken: Tales of a Titanium Cowgirl”
This is Michelle Scully’s story of getting back on the horse, literally, after a catastrophic horse accident. It’s told with wisdom, a wry sense of humor and some hard-won insights. If you’ve ever felt like life threw you for a loop, this book is an inspiration. “It might not be a horse you fall off, but no matter what throws you, I hope you get back on,” Michelle writes. She’s a student of Mark Rashid and Buck Brannaman, so expect plenty of their wisdom in the book, too.
Book No. 9: “Seabiscuit: An American Legend”
“Seabiscuit” is a must-read for any horse reader, so if you haven’t read it yet this winter is the time to do it! This great underdog story takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions as you live through heartache, trauma and success and the timeless story of a little horse with a huge heart who healed a group of broken people.
With all the great reads listed above, we figured we should finish it off with a light-hearted read. This book is written and illustrated by Bonnie Timmons, and while it is not as serious as the books above, it pertains to our lives oh too well. It will make you laugh and remember how you used to be as a horse-crazy kid.
Looking for more winter reads? Head to the books section of Quarter Horse Outfitters.