HN Book Reviews
Book Review: ‘The Jockey & Her Horse’
"This book is compelling and absolutely shares a part of equestrian sports history and the stories of Black equestrians, which has been overlooked and needs to be told. It deserves a spot on any horse lovers’ bookshelf..." Read our latest book review on Sarah Maslin Nir's book, "The Jockey & Her Horse." Go reading!
The Impact of Impaction
In this excerpt from his memoir "Never Trust a Sneaky Pony," Dr. Madison Seamans shares a one of his experiences as a traveling veterinarian. This is the story of an Arabian with a mystery bellyache. Read on for more.
Barn Aisle Chats: Falling in Love with Erin
We first spoke to Erin back in March about Thoroughbred rehabilitation. At the time, she (very secretly) divulged she had a writing project in the works set in the horse world. Today, we talk to her about her new book, 'Gift Horse,' cowritten with Kate Pickford under the pen name Katherine Avery. Read on for more.
Book Review: ‘The Spirit of Summerwood’
Our latest book review focuses on Vivien Gorham's newest novel, "The Spirit of Summerwood." It centers on gritty and horse-crazy 12-year-old Aislinn MacLeod, who not only has a love for riding, but also a commitment to allyship and activism. Read on for more.
Book Review: ‘Riding to Arms: A History of Horsemanship and Mounted Warfare’
Charles Caramello’s "Riding to Arms: A History of Horsemanship and Mounted Warfare" is a stunning work of scholarship and erudition — in the author’s words, a book not so much about the history of horsemanship, but rather “the horse in history.” Horse Nation contributor Louisa Woodville offers this thorough and compelling review of "Riding to Arms." Read on for more.
Easing Into the Saddle
"We need the balance and flexibility of a gymnast, the timing and coordination of a diver, and the stamina of a marathon runner. There is no other athletic pursuit that requires so many elements." In this excerpt from her book "Riders of a Certain Age," journalist and horsewoman Fran Severn talks about what older horse lovers need to consider when making horses a part of their lives for the first time…or for the first time in a long time.
Book Review: “The Flying Horse”
Sarah Maslin Nir's 'The Flying Horse' is a wonderful book for younger readers. It strikes precisely the right balance between being informative and containing valuable life lessons about overcoming obstacles while remaining entertaining and engaging. Read on for the full review:
Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by OTTB United: Horses That Inspire Community
"Those who own Thoroughbreds at some point or another, struggle with their feet, their condition, their brains, and their post-track bodies. But somehow, with this breed, the struggle is collective... communal. And to sound sappy -- but damn accurate -- a win for one Thoroughbred horse and rider somehow feels like a win for the rest of us." This week ride along as Aubrey discusses how there’s something about Thoroughbreds that inspire community.
Book Review: The Year of the Horses
"I found this book to be fast-paced once I started on it, and ultimately, a reminder of how horses can help us find our way back to ourselves, help us ground ourselves when we need it." Horse Nation's own Noelle Maxwell offers this synopsis and review of Courtney Maum's memoir, "The Year of the Horses."
Let’s Fix Your Too-Tight Reins
In this excerpt from his new book The Horse Is My Teacher, horseman Van Hargis explains how we must be present and accountable for the contact we take on our horses’ mouths.
What Is “Feel,” Anyway? And How Can We Improve It?
In this excerpt from her new book Essential Horse Speak: Continuing the Conversation, Horse Speak founder Sharon Wilsie explains what we really mean by “feel” when it comes to our horses and how we can improve it in ourselves.
Book Review: ‘Horse’ – a Fictional Journey of Race Legend, “Lexington”
Horse Nation's Candace Wade takes the time to review 'Horse,' Geraldine Brooks' novel about the fictional journey of "Lexington." It melds 19th Century racing, slavery, equine art history and modern forensics with a dash of romance.