Horse Bibliography

Non-Fiction

Budiansky, Stephen, The World According to Horses: How they Run, See, and Think, New York, Henry Holt, 2000.
Discusses the interaction between people and horses, the horse as a social animal, its intelligence, abilities to communicate, its athletic ability and physical evolution.

Clutton-Brock, Juliet, Horse, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
One of the Eyewitness Books, this offers the world of horses and ponies in close-up – their evolution, behavior, and important role in human history.

Edwards, Elwyn Hartley, Horses, (Smithsonian Handbooks), New York, Dorling Kindersley, 2000.
This book is designed for all those who love horses. Tracing the evolution of equines, this guide also explains the difference between horses and ponies, looks at how different breeds evolved or were selectively developed and examines equine anatomy and behavior.

Frtiz, Jean, with illustrations by Hudson Talbott, Leonardo’s Horse, New York, Putnam’s, 2001.
A Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee.

Gaff, Jackie, Horses Wear Shoes: and Other Questions about Horses, New York, Kingfisher, 2002.
Presents answers to all the questions about horses, from “ How can you tell a horse’s age?” to “When did people first tame horses?”

Girls and their Horses: True Tales from American Girl, Middleton, WI., Pleasant Company, 2000.
Text and photographs present stories of girls who ride in rodeos, show jump, train miniature horses and wild ponies and live on a horse farm.

Hansard, Peter, A Field of Horses, Cambridge, Candlewick Press, 1994.
Text and illustrations describe horse behavior, biology and care.

Henderson, Carolyn, Horse & Pony Book: A Practical Guide to Caring for a Horse and Pony, New York, Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2002.
A beautifully illustrated, practical guide for young horse and pony lovers everywhere. Suitable for both novice and experienced riders.

Kelley, Brent P., Horse Care and Health, Philadelphia, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002.
An overview of information about horses, including their evolution and history, proper care, and training.

Lauber, Patricia, The True-or-False Book of Horses, Singapore, Tien Wah Press, 2000.
Discover what’s fact and what’s fiction about horses. Provides a fascinating introduction to the history, anatomy and behavior of an animal that changed human history.

Mayne, Don, Drawing Horses that Look Real, Charlotte, Vt., Williamson Publishing, 2002.
Detailed instructions on how to use basic shapes to draw horses in a variety of poses.

McMillan, Bruce, My Horse of the North, New York, Scholastic Press, 1997.
Describes how a young girl 50 fifty miles from the Arctic Circle gets her horse ready to participate in the annual rettir, or gathering of sheep, in their farming community in Iceland.

Norman, James, Charro: Mexican Horseman, New York, Putnam, 1970.
Describes the origins, techniques, and events of the Mexican charreada, including special discussions about the horse and equipment of the charro, the skilled participant in this stylized equestrian competition.

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw, A Horse of a Different Color, New York, Dodd, Mead, 1988.
Introduces the many colors and patterns occurring in horses, including the spotted, pinto, dappled, two-tone, solid and Appaloosa horses.

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw, Horses, Minneapolis, Carolrhoda Books, 1994.
Discusses the physical characteristics and behavior of horses and describes how domestic horses evolved from their wild relatives.

Petty, Kate, Horse Heroes: True Stories of Amazing Horses, New York, Dorling Kindersley, 1999.
Trigger is a special horse – he can write his name! His is just one of the real-life stories in this book. An Eyewitness Reader, Level 4.

Schwartz, Betty Ann, Editor, My Kingdom for a Horse, An Anthology of Poems about Horses, New York, Henry Holt, 2001.
Poetry anthology about horses.

Springer, Nancy, Music of Their Hooves: Poems about Horses, Honesdale, Pa., Boyds Mills Press, 1994.
Poetry about horses.

Talbert, Marc, with photographs by Barbara Van Cleve, Holding the Reins: A Ride Through cowgirl Life, HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.
Offers cattle-branding, sheep-docking, hay-baling, cow-milking, horse-feeding, auction-watching, butter-making, calf-roping and barrel-racing cowgirls.

Van der Linde, Laurel, From Mustangs to Movie Stars: Five True Horse Legends of our Time, Brookfield, Conn., Millbrook Press, 1995.
Profiles J.B.Andrew (a Mustang), Native Dancer (Thoroughbred), the Clydesdales, Boomerang (a jumper) and Cassole, a black stallion.

Fiction

Alter, Judy, Maggie and a Horse Named Devildust, Ellen C. Temple Publisher, 1989.
The first in a series, this is the story of a young girl in turn-of-the-century Texas who falls in love with a horse she names Devildust.

Alter, Judy, Maggie and the Search for Devildust, Ellen C. Temple Publisher, 1989.
The second in the series, Maggie returns to the ranch after a year away at school, and faces a possible end to her dreams of life as a trick rider in a Wild West show.

Alter, Judy, Maggie and Devildust – Ridin’ High!, Ellen C. Temple Publisher, 1990.
After training Devildust, Maggie determines, despite her parents’ wishes, to fulfill her dream of riding in a Wild West show.

Anderson, C.W., Billy and Blaze: A Boy and His Pony, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, 1992.
A little boy who loves horses gets a special birthday present.

Anderson, C.W., Blaze and the Forest Fire: Billy and Blaze Spread the Alarm, Simon & Schuster, 1992.
When Billy and his pony, Blaze, discover a small forest fire, they ride over a dangerous trail to give the alarm at the nearest farmhouse.

Anderson, C.W., Blaze and the Lost Quarry: Billy and Blaze Find the Way, Simon & Schuster, 1994.
Billy and his horse, Blaze, discover the path to an old quarry. There they find not only a great place to go swimming but also a lost dog.

Anderson, C.W., Blaze and the Mountain Lion: Billy and Blaze to the Rescue, Simon & Schuster, 1993.
While riding through the open country near his family’s ranch house, Billy and his pony come across a dangerous mountain lion.

Anderson, C.W., Blaze and Thunderbolt, Econo-Clad Books, 1999.
Billy and his wonderful pony, Blaze, attempt to tame the wild horse Thunderbolt.

Anderson, C.W., Blaze Shows the Way: Billy and Blaze Help a Friend, Simon & Schuster, 1994.
Billy and his friend Tommy enter their ponies in the pair jumping contest.

Farley, Walter, Black Stallion, Random House, Incorporated, 1991.
Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Following their rescue, their adventure continues in America.

Farley, Walter, The Island Stallion, Random House, 1998.
A boy and his archeologist friend spend two weeks on a desolate Caribbean Island where they discover a hidden valley, underground tunnels built by Spanish Conquistadors and a wild, flame-colored stallion.

Hayden, Kate, Horse Show, New York, Dorling Kindersley, 2001.
Lucy, Alice, and jack are getting ready for the horse show. Whose horse will win? Find out what
happens when the big day arrives. A Beginning to Read Alone book, Level 2.

Moeri, Louise, The Devil in Ol’ Rosie, Gale Group, 2002.
Sent into the wilderness of eastern Oregon in 1907 to round up the family’s escaped horses, 12-year-old Wart struggles against great dangers before gaining his father’s respect.

O’Hara, Mary, My Friend Flicka, HarperCollins Publishers, 1988.
Through his intense devotion to the colt Flicka, a young boy living on a Wyoming ranch learns about responsibility and gains a better understanding of his brusque father.

Henry, Marguerite, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Smith Peter, 2001.
The story of a little burro who blazed trails through the Grand Canyon and met many famous people in the process.

Henry, Marguerite, Justin Morgan Had a Horse, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, 2991.
An unusual work horse raised in Vermont and known originally as “Little Bub” becomes the sire of a famous American breed and takes the name of his owner, Justin Morgan.

Henry, Marguerite, King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian, Simon & Schuster, 1991.
Follows the adventures of the Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.

Henry, Marguerite, Misty of Chincoteague, Simon & Schuster, 2000.
Paul and his sister Maureen’s determination to own a pony from the herd on Assateague Island, Virginia, is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among the ponies rounded up for the yearly auction.

Henry, Marguerite, Stormy: Misty’s Foal, Smith Peter, 1996.
A foal, born in the aftermath of a great storm, and her famous mother help raise money to repair the storm damage on Chincoteague Island and restore the herds of wild ponies on Assateague Island.

Sewell, Anna, Black Beauty, Random House Children’s Books, 2002.
Whether he is working as a carriage horse on a grand country estate, or being ridden through the night on a lifesaving mission, Black Beauty’s loyalty and sweet nature never fail.