11 December 2015

Reading Recommendations from GallopNYC

Amazon Smile Book Recommendations

As the holidays approach, GallopNYC offers the following book recommendations to satisfy all your horse-crazy friends and family! Don’t forget to purchase through AmazonSmile and choose GallopNYC when you check out! Amazon will automatically donate .05% of your purchase to help use in our mission to provide therapeutic horseback riding lessons to New Yorkers with disabilities.

Young Readers:
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
• A Plains Indian girl is lost in the mountains during a storm. A wild stallion becomes her friend and she decides to ride free with the herd
Billy and Blaze: A Boy and His Pony by C.W. Anderson
• A classic story of adventure that revolves learning proper care of horses

Young Adult:
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
• A horse’s life story told from a his point of view as he finds cruelty and kindness with his human masters
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
• On an island off the coast of Virginia lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies, including Phantom, the one who eludes capture until a young boy and girl decide they can’t live without her

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
• The story of Velveteen Vargas, a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn, and the woman who introduces her to riding and the horse that changes everything
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
• The true story of a crooked-legged colt, the three men who never gave up on him, and their journey to racing fame
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts
• The true story of Harry de Leyer, who rescued a horse from the slaughter house for eighty-dollars and turned him into a show jumping champion

One Comment on “Reading Recommendations from GallopNYC

11 December 2015 at 3:40 pm

From Barbara Rosen:
May I add to this the Marguerite Henry informational books about horses, lavishly illustrated! Especially Justin Morgan Had a Horse and The White Stallions of Lippiza. Wonderful for almost any age, including me.

And the Will James cowboy books, just being reprinted. And (if they can be found) just about anything by Thomas C. Hinkle.

Warning: I loved Black Beauty as a child (I read it by myself when I was in second grade), but I didn’t understand most of it – which was good. It delineates the most horrific abuses of horses at that time and will upset sensitive readers. Adults should read it before giving it as a gift.

And she added —
There used to be a Famous Horse Stories series put out by Grosset and Dunlap. I am in possession of one book from this series, The Magnificent Barb, which I almost knew by heart when I was a child. The author is Dana Faralla.

And what about The Black Stallion books??? Especially the first one. I’m sure those are still in print!

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