Ahhh a good book – there’s nothing quite like a good read – it’s like butter for the brain. 🙂 And OMGoodness is it THAT time of the year again already? Our staff here have come up with their all time favorites for your Christmas wish list. If you’re looking for a physical book for someone else, now’s a great time to place your order in time for Christmas.
Our best picks of Non Fiction for Horse Lovers
I’ve picked Gallop to Freedom because I was so taken with Frederic Pignon in a clinic earlier this year. The guy is seriously the most talented horseman I have ever seen. The Power of Horses to Heal gave me goosebumps even though the horsemanship is not at all the way I like to see things happen for a horse; A Healthy Horse the Natural Way was a favorite of Kristina’s who is studying to be a Naturopath; and Jim Masterson’s book Beyond Horse Massage is also a great favorite, with Steve using some of the Masterson techniques very successfully on our Oliver.
Our Best Picks of Fiction for Horse Lovers
I’ve put Anna Blake’s book Stable Relation in here, because it reads like a beautiful story. I gave this book one of my rare five star reviews on Amazon when I read it. It’s one of my all time faves. Jean Auel’s Valley of the Horses is the second book in a series that starts with Clan of the Cave Bear. I’ve put both the individual book and the Complete Earth Children Series in here – every book is a five star read. And if you haven’t read Anna Sewell’s classic book Black Beauty since you’ve grown up – it should be on every horse lovers list to read again.
Our Best Picks of Fiction for Horse Loving Children
Every horse loving child should read Black Beauty too, it has the capacity to shape a child’s approach to horses with compassion. Anna Sewell wrote this book in 1877. Woven into this powerful story, apart from the horse welfare issues, it also teaches kids how to treat people too, with kindness and respect. Don’t ever let any one tell you that anthropmorphizing horses is a bad thing to do, because compassion comes from it. There are parts of the horse world that have come a long way since then and other parts that could do with a lot more of putting themselves in their horses shoes.
The Wild Horses of White Cloud Station comes compliments of Ella Wilson – one of her all time favorites; Sue has contributed The Little White Horse which sounds so good I’ve just bought it to read for myself; and Hannah’s vision of what life could be with her horse was stimulated by Robyn McKinley’s incredible fantasy book The Blue Sword – which sadly looks like it’s not available in Kindle, so I’m going to have to order that by snail mail. Enjoy!