Friday 15 September 2017

Blog Hop: Equestrian Book Collection

I do love to read. I have to read every night before sleep as part of my routine. I also tend to be reading something when I am eating at home. Unfortunately, I tend to read mostly on my tablet these days, whether it be books from the library, other blogs (of course!), or even magazines. I love the convenience of ebooks, and the cost is often lower for new books. But there is something to be said for holding a hardcover book in your hands.

I have gone through many periods of my riding life where I haven't been in a consistent lesson program. So I have always turned to books and magazines for inspiration to keep going.

Here are my shelves:


Favourites here are:
Dressage 101 by Jane Savoie (so much easy to put to use information)
Horses are Made to be Horses by Franz Mairinger (just a wonderful read, with humor and compassion for the horse)
The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse by Charles de Kunffy (so many exercises to try)
Equine Lameness by Equine Research (many of the treatments are out of date, but my go-to when I need to figure out if I should panic over something or if it's no biggie)

Missing favourites that are somewhere in my house, but since they are favourites don't usually live in the bookcase:
Cavaletti by Ingrid and Reiner Klimke
Gymnastics Systematic Training for Jumping Horses by James C. Wofford
Practical Horseman's Guide to Riding, Training and Showing Hunters & Jumpers
Hunter Seat Equitation by George Morris

Books that I need to spend some more time with:
The Riding Doctor by Beth Glosten, MD
When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics by Beth Baumert (recently acquired, might not be my style of writing)
Pilates for Equestrians by Liza Randall (this involves actually doing the exercises though.)

Books that are just kind of fun to read:
Dressage Unscrambled by Bill Woods
Talk to the Hoof  by Jared Lee
The 1963 version of The Manual of Horsemanship by The British Horse Society and The Pony Club (my dad picked this up a few years ago from a library sale - interesting to read about the old ways of doing things)

Phantom and Cisco's favourite book:
The Original Book of Horse Treats: Recipes You Can Make at Home for Your Horse! by June V. Evers (they wish I would crack this book open more often!)

This blog hop idea came from Amanda at the $900 Facebook pony. She also mentioned her addiction to buying used horse books at Thriftbooks. So I had to have a look at said Thriftbooks. And consequently, there are another 4 books that will be taking up some space in my bookcase.


  1. I will have to check out Thriftbooks! I recently published my first book, so let me know if you want to have a read and I can send you a review copy. It is small and cheeky, but was chosen for the 2017 Equus Film Festival. Crossing fingers!