Best Horse Books

Best Horse Books

 This isn’t a horse book, BUT it can affect your relationship with your horse and every living creature.

Shawn Achor is the leading expert on positive psychology; he won over a dozen awards for his teaching at Harvard on this topic (his class was the most popular at the university), he’s also written several best-selling books including The Happiness Advantage, has been featured in The Harvard Business Review and even had a two-hour interview with Oprah. 

I just had to share this book because not sharing would deprive people of the information and exercises that can dramatically change your interactions people and and living creature, your health, and your life in general. 

amazon- Paperback – $ 7.04 US


Over the last thirty years I’ve always been interested in getting the right fitting saddle for my horses. I tried to find the best experts in the saddle business, but I was never really satisfied. In 2010 I found the Schleese website Saddles 4 Life. I watched Jochen Schleese’s  video on the 9 points of Saddle Fitting. Last year he published his new book- Suffering in Silence: Exploring the Painful Truth: The Saddle-Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses. The 9 Points of Saddle Fitting video series is the ultimate visual tutorial on fitting any saddle. Jochen’s book gives an in depth explanation of the saddle fitting points and the difference between saddles made for the female and male anatomy. You and your horse will benefit from this information. 

Buy from Amazon – Hardcover –  $15.52

                              – Kindle –  $12.99 


The Horse Lover’s Guide to Massage by Megan Ayrault

If you want to develop a closer communication with your horse, massage is one way to explore that avenue. Megan’s book is straight forward and she provides easy to learn steps using beautiful color photographs. 

Here is the link to purchase this book: $13.46



The Horse Owner’s Field Guide to Toxic  Plants

Keep this book in the medicine cabinet in the barn. Walk around the pastures with the book in hand, especially in late spring or early summer. Or pack it with on a trail ride. It just might save your horse’s life.

  • organized according to types of plants—trees, bushes shrubs and vines, ferns and plants, weeds and wildflowers and grasses and horsetails.
  • clear color photographs, including a close-up photograph and line drawing to better identify each plant. Each plant is given two-pages.
  • Common and scientific names are clearly stated at the top left page. The text on the facing page includes a concise description,
  • geographic distribution US maps indicating areas of common growth
  •  the horse’s signs of poisoning and what you should do.
  • Most toxic plants are unpalatable to horses. But not all. They can be found in the field, mixed with hay or other feed. This book wisely cautions that prevention is the best cure. No horse owner should be without, including those who board their horses.

Price: $21.95 


Choosing The Right Bit For Your Horse        

by Jessica Jahiel    

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A good bit fits your horse’s mouth and facilitates a productive “riding dialogue” between you and your horse. But there are so many types and styles of bits available that making a selection can be a daunting task, particularly if you don’t know what to look for.

Jessica Jahiel demystifies the bit-selection process by:


  • Emphasizing that the best bit is the mildest one suitable for the horse jaw
  • Reviews conformation of the horse’s head and mouth.
  • Explains how a bit works.
  • Discusses bit types and materials, quality, price, and accessories.
  • Explains how to position a bit in a horse’s mouth and the best way to handle the bit when riding.

With proper bit selection and the “good hands” that come with experience, you will soon find that communication with your horse — and, thus, your ride — is vastly improved. 

Kindle Edition Price: $3.00


Julie Goodnight’s Guide to Great Trail Riding A How-to for You and Your Horse  by Julie Goodnight
Julie Goodnight's Guide to Great Trail Riding
Known as the “Horse Master” on her RFD-TV show, Julie Goodnight will teach you the trail riding skills you need to know whether you’re a nervous novice or an experienced rider looking to hone your skills. Julie Goodnight is different in her ability to communicate clearly and consisley. 

  • Goodnight’s book has:
  • good and illustrations
  • easy to follow tips
  • Trail etiquette tips that make trail riding much safer and more enjoyable.

In this compilation from the popular Trail Rider series, Goodnight takes you step-by-step through every essential part of preparing your horse for trail rides.

How to handle what you encounter out on the trail, including:

  • Despooking
  • Jigging
  • Emergency stops
  • Hills
  • Water crossings
  • As an added bonus this book contains a DVD.
  • ( Unfortunately amazon is only carrying the Kindle edition at the moment) – Click  Link 


Grooming to Win How to Groom, Trim,Braid and Prepare Your Horse for Show

by Susan Harris

Grooming to Win has been my “go to” grooming book for years. It may be old, but it is timeless. I practiced my braiding on my old, patient Shetland pony using this book.

Paperback – $ 22.30 

Buy from Amazon – click here.


Braiding Manes and Tails 


If you really enjoy braiding and want to try different styles this is the book for you. The best way to learn to braid is through visuals. This book is spiral bound – so easy to use. 

Amazon’s Price: $14.34


Heads Up: Please keep in mind that some/most of the links on this page are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission if you decide to buy something after clicking.  The reason I’m recommending these books is because I believe them to be very informative and potentially have the ability to make your life easier.  I’ll link you directly to Amazon so you can order and have them shipped directly to your door.

Horse Rescue- Help for the Helpers

Are you part of a horse or animal rescue? Read how you can help your non-profit organization to become more effective. Making Profits for Your Non-Profit is simple to follow, easy to understand and provides you with more than a dozen Success Principals and more than 100 tips that you can use, starting today, to achieve your financial goals! If you took advantage of every tip and technique provided in this program, it would keep you busy for more than a year! Bonnie Marlewski-Probert is all about helping animal-related non-profits increase your monthly revenues, your volunteer numbers, your business sponsor numbers and most importantly, we want to help you increase the numbers of animals and people you help every month through your organization!

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Equine Magazines

Cover of Equine Wellness Magazine Equine Wellness (12 Issues) – $44.00 Retail Price: $83.40 You Save: $39.40
Keep informed about the latest news in holistic horse care. Equine Wellness has a number of articles from authors who focus on natural ways to keep our horses healthy.



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