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  • Well written horsey novels for grown-ups

    Any tips??

    Please arm me for my next trip to the library.
    I recognized with despair that I was about to be compelled to buy a horse ~
    Edith Somerville and "Martin Ross"

    "Momma" to Tiempo, Tucker and Puff, RIP my beautiful Norman 8/2012

  • #2
    Jane Smiley's Horse Heaven


    • #3
      NOT "Horse Whisperer." UGH UGH!
      I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


      • #4
        I just finished Sunday's Horse, I liked it alot since I knew most of the people in it.
        L. Bradley
        www.theoutsidecourse.com Check it out!


        • #5
          Riding Lessons and Flying Changes by Sara Gruen


          • #6
            Keeneland, by Alison Hagy, I read this book from the library 5 or 6 times before I finally bought it.
            To get in the winners' circle you must first get into the gate


            • Original Poster

              keep 'em coming..I've read Horse Heaven and The Horse Whisperer
              I recognized with despair that I was about to be compelled to buy a horse ~
              Edith Somerville and "Martin Ross"

              "Momma" to Tiempo, Tucker and Puff, RIP my beautiful Norman 8/2012


              • #8
                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.)
                I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                • #9
                  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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                    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!!!
                    I recognized with despair that I was about to be compelled to buy a horse ~
                    Edith Somerville and "Martin Ross"

                    "Momma" to Tiempo, Tucker and Puff, RIP my beautiful Norman 8/2012


                    • #11
                      A Year At The Races by Jane Smiley. About her owning a race horse. Very good!
                      I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                      • #12
                        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.
                        In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.


                        • #13
                          The Hunt & The Chase by Jan Neuharth!

                          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!


                          • #14
                            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!
                            "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


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                              Old Bones, National Velvet, Black Beauty


                              • #16
                                Angel Horses - Divine Messengers of Hope, by Allen & Linda Anderson. It is WONDERFUL !
                                Standardbred Retirement Foundation


                                • #17
                                  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


                                  • #18
                                    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.
                                    RIP Mydan Mydandy+
                                    RIP Barichello


                                    • #19
                                      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.

                                      *OMGiH I Loff my Mare* and *My Saddlebred Can Do Anything Your Horse Can Do*


                                      • #20
                                        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!
                                        Yo/Yousolong April 23rd, 1985- April 15th, 2014