So what are everyone's favorite horse books, especially those with a hunter/jumper/eq background? I have about a 3 hour downtime daily at work and usually read during that time. I am making my way through horse books and hope there are some left to read
Fiction, young adult, based on real life events, mystery, etc. are all great. I have read Jody Jaffe(one of the best, IMO!)'s "Chestnut Mare, Beware", "In Colt Blood", and "Horse of a Different Killer" and loved them all. I've also ridden some of the classics such as "Last Junior Year" (still so upset that the book fell apart and I only have page 70 onward). I've read "Perfect Distance", "Dark Horse" by Tami Hoag (another GREAT mystery!), etc. I also loved "Seabiscuit" and just picked up "The Horse God Built" at Borders today, it's about Secretariat and his groom. Looks like it's going to be a good one!
Any suggestions from people? I really want to read "Hot Blood", but can't find it anywhere.
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I cant remember the exact name as I have lent this book out and so many people have read it I don't know if I will ever get it back. It is called In and Out- the first year. My friends husband called it horse soap opera!! It is a hoot!! Fictional but pretty close to the truth!!!--The second book was never written to my knowledge and it should have been!!!
The Perfect Distance by Kim Ablon Whitney. From Amazon: Francie Martinez, 17, has the good fortune to work at the stables of one of the best equitation trainers in the country. Previous students have gone from firsts at the Maclay Finals in New York City to Olympic teams, and Francie dreams of following in those august footsteps. Her father, a Mexican immigrant, met her mother at these same stables and is now the head of all the grooms–though Mom left ages ago. Francie's acceptance as a student is not without peril, as Tara is being groomed for first-place wins and trainer Rob hardly pays Francie any attention at all. Her fellow students and her school friends bring all the modern-day pressures vividly to life, from pushy parents to alcohol, sex, and the privileges of the rich. In a sport filled with wealthy people, the teen has to make an extra effort to find her place and accept reality without giving up her dreams. The author rode in many similar equitation events, and currently acts as judge, which adds to the authenticity. As a result, the terminology is accurate, but assumes a familiarity on the part of readers. The plot involves romance and making ethically wise choices in all areas of life.
Drop the pebble and trust in the ripples. -- John O'Leary
I second the Jean Slaughter Doty recommendation, loved all her books and started picking them up again now. The K.M. Peyton books, especially "Fly-by-night" and its sequel, are great. I know there's more in that series but I've only just read the first sequel. (: