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5 Equestrian Novels You'll Want To Read...

5 Equestrian Novels You'll Want To Read

For equestrians, 'horsey' novels can be an interesting one. When we know a lot about the subject already, as a reader, we seek some reality that we can easily relate to, but also, that's factually correct. 
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One of our blog writers Niamh has read and chosen 5 equestrian novels that she thinks you might just like quite a lot! You'll be able to find an easy-to-read star rating, and short review on each book below...


1. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans 4/5 ✩

The Horse Whisperer
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This novel can be picked as a favourite by many equestrians due to the captivating
storyline it holds. Whilst it doesn’t hold the thrill that some readers might want in the riding side of things. It leads and opens a door that will grasp you and want to continue the story. Consequently, it holds an equestrians attention to follow a heartfelt story which so many equestrians can relate too, whilst also leaving them on edge.
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The novel itself follows a mother (Annie) as she seeks for freedom for both her
daughter and her steed. Whilst hit in a car accident, the daughter (Grace) and her
horse now live a life of pain and fear. The mother needs to find a way to cure both her daughter and steed, and coincidentally along comes the Horse Whisperer. .
Annie takes her daughter to go visit Tom Booker and is determined to heal her wounded daughters horse for if she lets the horse go, something in Grace will leave too. It leads a powerful story to discover hope and belief when you thought all was lost.
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There is also a film version of this novel too if you prefer to watch over reading!

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2. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks 3.5/5 ✩

The Longest Ride

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Following more of a western-American storyline, The Longest Ride has recently been adapted into a film, holding ones attention to finish the novel for the excitement to watch the film at the end.
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The Longest Ride is one of the most detailed equine stories for the pure purpose of how throughout and heartfelt the storyline is, it becomes part of you when your reading. It could easily be misjudged as a romance novel with a ranch on the side, but when watching and reading these things help capture your attention.
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The Longest Ride follows two couples, who are separated by age but bought together by stories and actions. Sophie and Luke who have just met through a rodeo competition and Ira and Ruth who met during the war and are now separated.  Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.
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3. Team Spirit by Pippa Funnell 4/5 ✩

Team Spirit by Pippa Funnell
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Written by a world-famous equestrian herself, this novel is by far one of the most
technically perfect and also informative, yet captivating novels out there.
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It follows an inspiring story over 10 books that are very relatable by many
equestrian readers, but also extremely informative for those reading it for
pleasure.
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Through Team Spirit, we read the young Tilly Redbrow grow and follow her journey with her horse Magic Spirit as they are picked for Pony Club Championships and must face their toughest challenges yet. Whilst Tilly is more grown up in this novel compared to the previous, this novel would probably have a younger target audience.

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4. The Girl on the Dancing Horse: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro
by Charlotte Dujardin 5/5 ✩

The girl on the dancing horse

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The only non-fiction in this list, and it is here for a reason. This novel follows the incredibly inspiring and powerful story of Charlotte Dujardin and her incredible partner Blueberry (better known as Valegro). It follows the story and their rise to claim the titles they now hold.
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It is technically and factually incredible and brings so much light to others
about how hard it is to bring and train a top-level dressage horse. It is one of the most transparent books and will teach you so much.

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5. The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St John 5/5 ✩

The One Dollar Horse
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Coming from a series of three novels, this series which is written by Lauren St John
follows a story of love, heartbreak but most importantly rising through the hard times you're faced with and bringing a positive outcome - something which many equestrians can relate to.
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We follow Casey Blue, who follows the dream of wanting to win Badminton (wouldn’t we all?!) but is limited with her money and time. Until she spends exactly one dollar on a half starving horse to overcome all her personal obstacles and fulfil her dream, but are there some obstacles that no matter how hard you try to jump, grow higher…
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Written by Niamh 
Edited by Danielle