15 Equestrians Pick the Best Kids' Books About HorsesI'm going to be honest with you, Internet, because this feels like a safe place to share my darkest and most shameful secrets: I was a horse girl growing up. Now you might be thinking, "Oh, so you liked horses. I was a horse girl. Horses were my top priority at any given time. I had horse toys and horse jewelry. I had a horse journal, in which I wrote exclusively about horses.
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Giddy Up, Readers! The Best Horse Books for Kids Ages 8 – 12
When I was in elementary school, I rode a black, swayback Arabian named Charlie. Later, in middle school, it was a warm, chestnut American Standardbred called Tommy, a retired harness racer turned fat and lazy. And for a short time when I turned 13, it was Teardrop, an uppity Appaloosa who regularly slammed my leg against the rail when we practiced in the arena, just to let me know who, really, was boss. None of these horses were mine — I never did get the proverbial pony — but I loved them all the same. At 8, 10, and 12 years old, I rarely felt more free and at one with myself than on the back of a horse, galloping alongside one of my best friends.
When my oldest daughter gets a new horse book, she camps out on the couch for days. Yes, she is absolutely horse crazy. If you have a child who loves horses, you can probably relate! Need help weeding through the good and bad when it comes to horse-related literature? The books below are listed in order of reading difficulty.
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My daughter loves it all!
As a homeschooling family , our schedule is pretty flexible. Last year, we bought a Groupon for riding lessons. If Rachel chooses her own books at the library, she gravitates toward books about horses. Black Beauty. The success of this story was instrumental in advancing movements for the ethical treatment of animals. Black Beauty is also available for free on your Kindle. Misty of Chincoteague.