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  1. #1
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    Default Well written horsey novels for grown-ups

    Any tips??

    Please arm me for my next trip to the library.



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    Jane Smiley's Horse Heaven



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    NOT "Horse Whisperer." UGH UGH!



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    I just finished Sunday's Horse, I liked it alot since I knew most of the people in it.



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    Riding Lessons and Flying Changes by Sara Gruen



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    Keeneland, by Alison Hagy, I read this book from the library 5 or 6 times before I finally bought it.
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    keep 'em coming..I've read Horse Heaven and The Horse Whisperer



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    Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. Much more indepth than the (excellent) movie. Really makes you shudder when you realize how incredibly dangerous racing was (and is.)



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    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)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Guin View Post
    Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. Much more indepth than the (excellent) movie. Really makes you shudder when you realize how incredibly dangerous racing was (and is.)
    Yep,one of the best horsey books ever!!!



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    A Year At The Races by Jane Smiley. About her owning a race horse. Very good!



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    Horseplay by Judy Renee Singer (fiction)
    Horse People by Michael Korda (non-fiction)

    I also remember a fiction book from years ago entitled Bluegrass. Can't remember who wrote it, however.
    "It is not necessary for you to let everyone know everything about you. In fact, it is probably wise that you don't. There are some things that you need only discuss with God."



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    The Hunt & The Chase by Jan Neuharth!
    www.paperchasefarms.com

    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.

    SO GOOD!



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    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...

    And don't forget to visit www.ponydom.com for a good list of lots more!
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    Old Bones, National Velvet, Black Beauty



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    Angel Horses - Divine Messengers of Hope, by Allen & Linda Anderson. It is WONDERFUL !
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    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



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    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.
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    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.

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    Rite Mae Browns series
    Judy Reene Singers' Horseplay (wish there were more about that character)
    Tami Hoag has a mystery about Dressage
    And of course Dick Francis!



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