5 of Our Favorite Fictional Horse Books

The Saddle Club Series, By Bonnie Bryant


The stories, centered around three young girls in a Virginia town, explore a love for horses that goes beyond just thinking they are beautiful creatures.

“Carole Hanson and Stevie Lake have been best friends ever since they met at Pine Hollow Stables. So when Lisa Atwood joins their riding group, the girls aren’t sure she’s got what it takes. Lisa may be the smartest student in the classroom, but she’s got a lot to learn when it comes to horses. . . .”

The Red Pony, By John Steinbeck


A classic story that may appear like a simple children’s book, but is actually much, much more.

“Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher’s life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan’s saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.”

Album of Horses, By Marguerite Henry


The perfect book for satiating curiosity and learning what makes each horse breed unique and different and how to identify them.

“An basic encyclopedia of horse breeds, “Album of Horses” will teach you everything you need to know about every breed of horse. Full of lively historical details and gorgeous illustrations, this book will be enjoyed by young and old horse enthusiasts alike.”

National Velvet, By Enid Bagnold


Immortalized by the Elizabeth Taylor film based on the book from 1944, National Velvet is a true classic in every sense of the word.

“A butcher’s daughter in a small Sussex town ends her nightly prayers with “Oh, God, give me horses, give me horses! Let me be the best rider in England!” The answer to 14-year-old Velvet Brown’s plea materializes in the form of an unwanted piebald, raffled off in a village lottery, who turns out to be adept at jumping fences—exactly the sort of horse that could win the world’s most famous steeplechase, the Grand National.”

Black Beauty, By Anna Sewell


No list of horse books is complete without Black Beauty. You’ve read it. Your friends have read it. Make sure your kids read it, too!

“A handsome horse with a glossy black coat and a pretty white star on his forehead, Black Beauty seems to lead a charmed life. Although his mother warns him that there are ‘bad, cruel men’ in the world, he begins his life in a happy home, with a friendly groom to look after him and plenty to eat. However, when a change of circumstances means that he is sold, he soon discovers the truth of his mother’s words. Anna Sewell’s moving story is one of the best-loved animal adventures ever written.”

We’re sure we missed some of your favorite books, let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments below.



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