I have a couple of books in the works.  And I love to read.  I also reference books quite frequently in my blog.  This list catalogs those references, and it is updated in concert with new posts.  The titles link to the post in which they appeared.  The list is not intended to be a comprehensive recommended reading list, nor does it necessarily include all my favorites.  Nevertheless, I hope you find it helpful, and hope it provides a discovery or two.

Reflections on Riding and Jumping by William Steinkraus (thank you, Mr. Steinkraus for communicating with my subconscious as I originally chose the title for my blog)

Form over Fences by Jane Dillon

The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis:  Portrait of a Rider by Vicki Moon

The Gymnasium of the Horse by Gustav Steinbrecht

Academic Equitation by General Decarpentry

Francois Baucher:  The Man and His Methods by Hilda Nelson

You Just Don’t Understand:  Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray

GenderTalk Works:  7 Steps for Cracking the Gender Code at Work by Connie Glaser

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Dressage in Harmony, From Basics to Grand Prix by Walter Zettl

The Working Saddler’s Handbook by Keith Savory

Managing Grass for Horses by Elizabeth O’Beirne-Ranelagh

The Oxford English Dictionary

Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins

Gymnastics:  Systematic Training for Jumping Horses by James C. Wofford

Basic Training of the Young Horse by Reiner Klimke

Anne Kursinski’s Riding and Jumping Clinic by Anne Kursinski

Greatness and Goodness:  Barbaro and His Legacy by Alex Brown

Activate Your Horse’s Core by Hilary Clayton and Narelle Stubbs

To Reach the Clouds by Philippe Petit

Practical Horseman’s Book of Horsekeeping

Centered Riding by Sally Swift

The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler

Riding Logic by Wilhelm Museler

Physical Therapy and Massage for the Horse by Jean Marie Denoix and Jean Pierre Pailoux

Zen and Horseback Riding by Tom Nagel

Equitation by Jean Froissard

The Riding Teacher by Alois Podhajsky

Cavelarice, or The English Horseman:  containing all the Arte of Horse-manship by Gervase Markham

The Royal Horses of Europe by Sylvia Loch

Maison Rustique by Gervase Markham

The English Housewife by Gervase Markham

Cavaletti by Ingrid and Reiner Klimke

The Complete Book of Horses and Ponies by Margaret Cabell Self

Cavalry Manual of Horsemanship and Horsemastership by Gordon Wright

A Summer of Faulkner:  As I Lay Dying/The Sound and the Fury/A Light in August by William Faulkner

Icelandic Journals by William Morris

Paddock Paradise by Jaime Jackson

The Perfect Stall by Karen Hayes

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Mapplethorpe:  A Biography by Patricia Morrisroe

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Diaries of Sophia Tolstoy by Sophia Tolstoy

Still Riding at 80 by Helen Runeyon Hills

The Fearless Horse by Roger and Joanna Day

The Group by Mary McCarthy

Riding Through My Life by Princess Anne

The Performance Horse, Management, Care and Training by Sarah Pilliner

Twisted Truths of Modern Dressage by Philippe Karl

Lunging the Horse and Rider by Sheila Inderwick


8 thoughts on “Books”

  1. What an interesting mix! I know as a rider “Centered Riding” has had the most influence on me. I’d always meant to become a Centered Riding instructor; had I stayed in the horse business, I would have done eventually!


  2. Natalie — If you have a sense of humor and that humor can extend to Centered Riding, you might enjoy my post of 12/21 entitled “Visualize.”


  3. Hello, just discovered your blog; fun & interesting posts. Referring to your 9th Jan post on the Trakehner, I’m happy to say, yes, there is a book about it! It’s titled ‘Flight Across The Ice – The Escape of the East Prussian Horses’ by Patricia Clough; I just blogged about it last week 😀


  4. Hi Joy — Thank you. I just finished reading your blog post and enjoyed it. It is indeed a heart wrenching story. I’m going to add the information you’ve given me about the book and your blog to my post on the topic.


    • Hey Katie, glad you enjoyed the post. I found the book very readable, the author has a nice, easy style. There were even more heart wrenching parts actually, which I didn’t include in the post. If you’re interested, its available on Amazon.
      And thanks for referring to me as a ‘fellow horse blogger’ 😀 I don’t tend to think of myself in that way as I don’t own a horse – yet – but I’m so holding on to that dream!


  5. Hope your dream comes true.


  6. Katie – There’s a Centered Riding 2 book by Sally Swift also. People may enjoy reading Mark Rashid’s books, as well. JoAnn in Bakersfield, CA


    • Hi JoAnn — Thanks for joining in. There are SO many books that people might enjoy reading. So many, that it was never my intention to make a “recommended reading list.” It’s easy to overlook, but in my introduction to this list, I do disclose that it is “not intended to be a comprehensive recommended reading list, nor does it necessarily include all my favorites.” These books are simply a list of those I’ve referred to in the course of blogging. I’m sure there will be more as time goes on!


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