In a time where nature is our only outlet, it has become abundantly clear that I have never ridden a horse. Not only that, but I know very little about horses at all. Yet, I am reminded everywhere I look of this fact. Playing video games? Horse riding. Trying to watch some TV? Horses. Looking outside? Horses! (Not really.)
Have you gone horseback riding? I don’t know that I actually want to ride a horse, but maybe that too is an indicator of my embarrassing and ignorant state. Last weekend, I watched Barbie and her Sisters in a Pony Tale on Netflix (long story don’t ask). I was reminded of these facts: the bond between horses and their riders can be quite profound, horses have distinct personalities, horses require a lot of care, and mystical horses with pink highlights exist in the Swiss Alps. Since then, Netflix has recommended to me that I should be watching Horse Girl, Holiday in the Wild , and Ozark. Have you watched these movies/series yet? Do they even have horses in them? These don’t seem to be in the same genre at all.
It makes me wonder about the last horse book I read. Or books with horses at all. A couple books come to mind: Seabiscuit, Black Beauty, and … my ignorance about horses shows yet again because I can’t think of a third book about horses. Please know, Reader, that horse ignorance is not something all librarians have. In fact, librarians used to ride horses to deliver books and such literacy tools to their communities. The Pack Horse Librarian topic circulates pretty frequently, so you probably already knew, but it serves as a comment on my modern librarianship and information science professionalism that horse mane-tenance has never come up in my career.
(Pictures of Pack Horse Librarians part of Goodman-Paxton Photographic Collection-Kentucky Digital Library)
So here are some suggestions for me and for anyone else who wants to read about horses:
Valley of Wild Horses by Zane Grey (a classic western) (Libby)
The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley (Libby)
Homeward Hound by Rita Mae Brown (fox hunting, barely counts, but it’s Rita Mae Brown) (Libby)
A Place in the Woods by Helen Hoover (Libby)
Coloring book through RBdigital called Horses and Ponies (RBdigital)
Informational books about horses on Hoopla (More for me, than for you, Reader) (Hoopla)
Don Quixote is one of the Bonus Borrows on hoopla (on this list because of iconic cover with the main character on the horse) (hoopla)
For readers who are already knowledgeable about horses and novels about them, email me your faves.
P.S. This editor would like to add several books and some movies as she LOVES horse stories or even just ones with a hint of horses in them. We can’t forget local author Doug Stanton who wrote Horse Soldiers, the movie 12 Strong is fantastic as well. We also can not forget the classic, Black Stallion. Below is a list of some other fantastic (and my favorite) books about, with or just skirting around horses, in no particular order:
Lady Long Rider by Bernice Ende
Dreamer (movie, so sweet and a perfect family movie)
The Book Woman from Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Giver of the Stars by JoJo Moyes
The Winter Horses by Phillip Kerr
Enjoy if you like war, horses, love, fun or just want to read/watch something new.