For the Love of Horses
Books for folks who love horses, selected by Forbes Library staff. Summaries from CafeNet. March 2008
- All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
The story of John Grady Cole, a young Texas rancher who ventures to Mexico in search of excitement.
- The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
Rancher's daughter, Alice Winston, finds herself helping to support the family business by boarding the horses of rich neighbors and leaving behind the innocence of her youth.
- Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss
In the winter of 1917, with many of his regular hands off fighting in World War I, George Bliss hires young Martha Lessen to help gentle wild horses, and as she demonstrates her unique talent for dealing with damaged horses, she finds a sense of family and belonging.
- The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers
Carson Fielding is well respected for his ability to train horses, but after reluctantly agreeing to work for a wealthy rancher he despises, he finds his loathing supplanted by his growing desire for his employer's wife.
- National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
Classic book about a fourteen-year-old English girl who wins a fiesty horse named Pie in a raffle, she trains him and rides him to victory in the world's greatest steeplechase, the Grand National.
- Legends Lake by JoAnn Ross
Horse trainer Alex McKenna finds his life in ruins after a public altercation with a callous owner, but finds an opportunity to save his career with Legends Lake, a talented but troubled thoroughbred requiring the care of his Irish breeder, Kate O'Sullivan.
- Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley
Set in the exciting world of thoroughbred racing, this lavishly detailed novel follows a group of trainers, jockeys, and "track brats" on a two-year journey through the racing cycle.
- The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
After her teenage daughter and the girl's horse are injured in a tragic accident, Annie Graves journeys across the continent in search of Tom Booker, the Horse Whisperer, in the hope that he can use his ancient gift to help both the horse and the maimed girl
- The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
Traces a boy's journey into manhood after his father gives him a pony to train and care for.
- Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen
Twenty years after a tragic accident destroyed her riding career, Annemarie Zimmer returns to her dying father's New Hampshire horse farm with her troubled teenage daughter and encounters two men who could change her life.
- Showdown by Tilly Bagshawe
A horse story with a little romance. Bobby Cameron Inherits a California ranch that he is unable to support financially, so he performs horse breaking services for wealthy clients and becomes involved in the life of millionaire's daughter Milly.
- Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead
When Robey Childs's mother experiences a premonition about her husband, a Civil War soldier, she sends her only son to retrieve his father from the battlefield, accompanied by a horse that becomes his only companion as he makes his way through the destruction of war.
- The Last Good Man by Kathleen Eagle
Savannah Stephens returns to her hometown in Wyoming with a six-year-old daughter in tow and discovers that one of her former admirers, Clay, still carries a torch for her.
- In the Presence of Horses by Barbara Dimmick
After the deaths of her father and sister, a disheartened young horsewoman takes a position on a Pennsylvania farm and meets a special horse who renews her spirit.
- The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman
Growing up the daughter of an Amazon queen who shuns her, Rain rebels against the ways of her tribe through her sister-like relationship with Io and her feelings for a boy from a tribe of wanderers.
- Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards.
Nonfiction. RKFB.R392c 2007
Relates the story of a woman whose hurts from a difficult past are healed with the help of the companionship and affection of a formerly abused horse for which she has agreed to care.
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