Amanda over at $900 FB Pony started this blog hop right when I was organizing my bookshelves and well, who am I to resist such an obvious sign from the universe?
Obviously you can guess I am a huge fan of reading just based on the fact that I have bookshelves in need of constant organizing and over the years a little chunk of my collection has grown to include books related to horses. I mean, duh. So without further ado I present, my treasures:
This stack will only grow larger as time goes on I am sure of it!
The Complete Training of Horse and Rider in the Principles of Classical Horsemanship by Alois Podhansky-Written by the former director of the Spanish Riding School this little book is DENSE. But so so much good stuff in there.
Hunter Seat Equitation by George Morris- I don’t even need to say anything about this book. It’s filled with fundamentals that can carry over into much more then hunters.
The Principles of Riding by the German National Equestrian Federation-This one is one that I keep coming back to over and over. It’s easy to follow, the text is well organized and broken up with super helpful diagrams. A favorite by far.
The De Nemethy Method by Bert De Nemethy-It’s out of print and hard(ish) to find but was worth all the effort tracking down a decent used copy that was also affordable.
Centered Riding by Sally Swift-I tend to kind of forget about this book and then when I do pick it up and flip through it, I always get something super helpful out of it. I need to read it more thoroughly and more often!
Cavalletti for Dressage and Jumping by Ingrid and Reiner Klimke-I have a small arena and while it technically has lights for winter, they are pretty dim so these exercises are perfect for breaking up the winter doldrums of slogging around in the dark and rain for 3+ months.
World Class Grooming by Cat Hill and Emma Ford-Ummmm I am OCD about grooming and I love LOVE this book. Love it.
The Riding Doctor by Beth Glosten- This book is all about the biomechanics of riders and how you can improve your posture and the horse. Beth is local to me and I took her rider pilates class for years. They were so beneficial to me and it made a dramatic difference in my riding with just a couple 30 minute sessions a week. While I desperately miss her classes, this book does an excellent job of explaining the exercises along with anecdotes about her clients and how their horses were improved.
Straightening the Crooked Horse by Gabriele Rachen-Schoneich and Klaus Schoneich
Lunging by the German National Equestrian Federation-This is more like a little handbook but still very well laid out and useful. Pretty much all the books that the German National Equestrian Federation are worth adding to your collection.
Horse Conformation Handbook by Heather Smith Thomas
How Good Riders Get Good by Denny Emerson-This book…was not for me. Denny Emerson is an extremely knowledgable horseman and eventer. Just….it felt very much like a “quit your bitching and sacrifice everything in order to ride, family, friends, finances be damned” and I just can’t live that way. I think that if you want to ride for a team and at the elite level then yes, you do have to do those things. Idk, I was hoping for more riding help and less life choices advice.
Blythe Tait’s Cross Country Clinic by, shockingly, Blythe Tait-Great troubleshooting for issues that may crop up on xc.
Winning with Frank Chapot by Frank Chapot
Illustrated Horsewatching by Desmond Morris-full of pretty pictures.
And my crown jewel. This missive is just incredible and I love it. Gives no help with riding or training whatsoever but does give an awesome history on racing in America complete with tons of photos.
So am I missing anything really cool?