Horsey Reads!

Hey guys! Taylor from The East Coast Equestrian here. So… I am a huge reader. I rarely go anywhere without my kindle (ah-hem, first edition, mind you. No, I haven’t given into the black and white “upgrade now!” ad they somehow manage to get onto my home screen.)

Occasionally I spoil myself with what I call “beach reads” - easy, breezy books that are simple to get through and don’t require too much brain power. 

We have an exciting minisode coming up where Claire and Olivia will be interviewing the author of a soon-to-be-released equestrian novel, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the horsey books (fiction and non-fiction) that I’ve read over the past year! All of them can be purchased on Amazon.

Show Barn Blues by Natalie Keller Reinert

I have to admit, I cruised through this book on the way back from Florida. For those of you that show hunter/jumpers, this is a fun fiction that dives into the life of a trainer/barn owner who struggles to adapt in order to maintain the longevity of her stable while real estate developers slowly take over the surrounding farms, turning what was once horse heaven into cookie cutter home developments. Fun to read and lots of funny characters that made me draw real-life comparisons while reading.

Horses in Wonderland (Book 2: Show Barn Blues) by Natalie Keller Reinert

Of course I had to read the sequel! I think these two could be combined into one bigger book, but nevertheless I had fun reading it. The sequel doesn’t feel like a half-baked afterthought at all, which makes it a nice follow-up read to a fun story that I really enjoyed reading. 

The Happy Horse: An Amateur's Guide To Being The Human Your Horse Deserves by Tania Kindersley

This is a seriously refreshing book on horsemanship. It really made me stop and think about different aspects of my relationship with my horses and my awareness of how I interact with them on a daily basis.

Summer Circuit (Show Circuit Series -- Book 1)

Winter Circuit (Show Circuit Series -- Book 2)

Hunter Derby (Show Circuit Series -- Book 3)

Gossip girl: the equestrian edition. I’m not joking! Struggling junior rider falls in love with young pro on the summer circuit (and beyond… in the sequels) - what could go wrong?! Drama and lots of eye-rolling monologues make this series a true guilty pleasure. 

Ephemeral by Andie Andrews

Romance author decides to take riding lessons, encounters stereotypical wealthy New Jersey witches at her new barn, falls for trainer, leaves trainer, maybe gets back with trainer and also learns to ride? This one made me go, “really?” a few times but was an entertaining read with a warm and fuzzy ending.

101 Arena Exercises for Horse & Rider by Cherry Hill

Sometimes I need a little inspiration to help me formulate goals and plans for flatting when I’m not in a lesson. This book has great exercises for both English and western riders that I love referencing when I find myself brainstorming what I want to work on. 

101 Jumping Exercises for Horse & Rider by Linda Allen

I like this book so much because each exercise includes advice on what the rider should keep in mind while executing the lesson plan. It’s the same format as the 101 Arena Exercises for Horse & Rider - it includes simple up to more advanced exercises to help you and your horse gain confidence over fences. 

How to Think like a Horse by Cherry Hill

This book takes you back to the (very important) basics. It covers why horses usually do what they do, how their brains are hardwired and how we can be better owners and communicators by understanding and recognizing their thought processes. A very worthwhile read!

Any listeners out there also fellow bookworms? Tell us your favorites in the comments!