The Show Gypsies, by Leigh Brown (fairly old but great if available) Riders, by Jilly Cooper Riding Lessons and Flying Changes, by Sara Gruen Horse Play, by Judy Singer In the Presence of Horses, by Barbara Dimmick
novels by Vian Smith (old but good) National Velvet, by Enid Bagnold
any horse book by K.M. Peyton (children's or young adult but not really kiddy stories)
I'm obsessed with giving these books as birthday & Christmas presents. They are murder mysterys that take place in Middleburg. They are written by horsey-people for horsey-people so they don't waste time explaining what a curry comb (or a twitch!) is.
The Show Gypsies is of course the ultimate classic.
Another treasure is The Bolinvars by Marguerite Bayliss - originally published as Bolinvar by the Derrydale Press, but there's a wartime edition that can sometimes be had. Fantastic book, gorgeously written.
I always enjoy Rita Mae Brown's. They do vary in quality somewhat but I find them absorbing whether the plot is well organized or not...
I like Rita Mae Brown's foxhunting mystery novels. They are great for a beach-read--not incredibly complex but some fun animal characters in them, and lots of hunting talk. Love all the suggestions in this thread
There is a book on the Calumet racing farm-can't remember the name, that was good. All of Jilly Cooper's horsish books are great-Riders, Polo. Tami Hoag has a good mystery horse book, Dark Horse or something like that, can't find it in my bookcase right now and of course, Dick Francis novels.
This weeks People magazine reviewed a new book called "The God of Animals" that sounded really good...they gave it four stars. I can't remember all the details, but I think it's about a teenager growing up in a barn full of eccentric horse women...made me want to check it out, lol.