What’s your favourite horse book?
I’m always a bit afraid of reading any animal-based novel/story. I find them often to be so heartrending! But as a child I loved the Black Stallion books, if that counts. 🙂
I’ve only read Black Beauty and War Horse – both were great reads!! I think I read War Horse overnight… couldn’t put it down.
Black Stallion Man O War
Tex by S.E. Hinton
Had totally forgotten about this book! So good!
Black Beauty as a child. Recently, Seabiscuit.
War Horse, Seabiscuit & The Black Stallion?
Misty of Chincoteauge by Marguerite Henry ??
Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley and The Lord of Misrule by Jaime Gordon.
Try “sea biscuit” Laura Hillenbrand.????
Black Beauty ?
I have read them all, but my favorite is definitely “The Eighty Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired A Nation”. Followed by Black Beauty. 🙂
Black Beauty as a child; Anything by Dick Francis, if that counts
All the Pretty Horses ? Cormac McCarthy
A girl and five brave horses. (The movie “wild hearts can’t be broken” is loosely based on the book)
It’s about a Sonora Carver who dived from high distances on the back of horses. She eventually became blind and kept diving.
Black Stallion series
Black Stallion. Read them all, even the one with space aliens.
I thought I’d read them all. It seems I was wrong lol.
Black Beauty ❤️
Billy and Blaze – children’s books
Me, too!! I can still remember going to the library as a little girl and searching for more of their adventures.
@Gail I loved the artwork!
The Horse Whisperer
Coal Black Horse by Olmstead
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
Black beauty and another one with war something in his name, loved horse stories as a young girl.
Even though I love all the black stallion books, my favorite ever was Old Bones. I don’t believe it is in print anymore, but I was fortunate enough to find a copy at a library book sale.
Oh I forgot all about that book! Its
It was great!!
Black Beauty, definitely
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
For children’s book I love the one set on Chincoteague Island I believe the first one was called Misty
By Marguerite Henry
Misty of Chincoteague
As an adult I went down to the islands to see the ponies. It brought back such memories
My granddaughter loves horses. I need to get her this book
The Scorpio Races.
Man O’ War by Walter Farley
Black Beauty and Misty of Chincoteague
It’s a toss-up between The Black Stallion Mystery (book 13 in the Black Stallion series) or Misty of Chincoteague. I’ve been to Chinc a couple times (including for my honeymoon) so that one is close to my heart.
The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Didn’t realise War Horse was a book. The film was amazing, the only one to make my hubby cry. I cried from start to finish but then I cry at the Lloyds bank adverts with the black horse in!!
I loved the Jill books by Ruby Ferguson when I was young, Jill’s Pony Trek was my favourite
Yes loved those as a kid -Jill and the Perfect Pony ?
A Pony in the Luggage by Gunnel Linde is another great story, very funny.
I loved Jinny & Shantih series and the Silver Brumby…
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
I have this to read, sounded good, glad to hear someone else thought so too.
Robert the Horse who was allergic to roses
Has anyone in this thread read The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan?
Island stallion, Funnycide
When I was a kid I loved the saddle club series! Can’t think of any I have read recently…
FLy-by-Night, by K.M. PEyton, another favourite.
Horse Heaven, Jane Smiley
Of course! How could I forget that one?
I loved them all as a child with one exception. I have never forgiven Steinbeck for The Red Pony. My first unhappy ending book read in about the 5th grade.
I know. But I loved it anyway. His language astounded me. And I appreciated his honesty that all horse stories, and life stories, aren’t happy endings. Still, I get you. It started so beautifully and ended so tragically.
Definitely traumatic. “Oh, look, a story about a pony!” Nope, not prepared for that one at all. (Might’ve been able to appreciate the realism more if I’d been older. Maybe)
I think I was probably in middle school and maybe high school when I read it. I doubt I would have understood most of the themes if I had been younger. I appreciated it much more when I reread as an adult, and had moved somewhat close to Salinas, CA. I had a similar conversation on here about The Yearling, and how it really isn’t a child’s book. I don’t know. I guess it depends on the child. I remember thinking the same when I read Sounder. The themes in that book were really tough. Anyway, it is good to have a place to have these types of conversations. I am rereading a book right now for a new book club, A Fall of Marigolds. I like it…
All the pretty horses, Cormac McCarthy. Magnificent novel and a good intro to his work.
Have you heard the narration by Brad Pitt? Whew! It is good
No, but now you’ve got me intrigued!
He nails it. I read it before I listened to it. He totally gets the tone of the story, the dialogue, despair….so good!
War Horse it will break you heart
“Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell
The Black Stallion, Seabiscuit, Misty, King of the Wind….All of Marguarite Henry’s books
King of the Wind.
Smokey the Cow Horse by Will James
The Black Stallion!
not jus one horse, but many: 104 Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile by Mandy Retzlaff
I loved Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley, and the Belle Starr/chestnut mare books by Jody Jaffe.
my friend flicka
OMG, Secretariat by Raymond Wolff, Jr. !! It’s a coffee table book but a pretty complete story of Big Red.
Black Beauty, Thunderhead, My Friend Flicka, Seabiscuit, and The Horse Whisperer.
The Black Stallion, Black Beauty… but I pretty much sought out and read any and all horse books I could get my hands on as a kid, and I bet there are dozens I can’t think of now but would get excited to be reminded of – like someone mentioned Smoky the Cowhorse up there^^
The Horse Whisper. Movie was also good.
My Friend Flicka and Misty of Chincoteague. When I actually got to visit the islands of the wild ponies I was over the moon.
That would be so cool
Actually read “Sport of Kings “ by CE Morgan,. Then send me flowers.???
@Michael ok! You’ll have to send me your delivery address, though! ?
Still Black Beauty.
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