I received a newsletter in my email today that gave me a great idea. Horse Books We Loved: For Kids Edition. Stick with me after the break to check out a bunch of books I read as a kid that, if and when I ever have a foal or filly of my own, will totally share with them. I hope you find this list useful!
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
"Black Beauty spends his youth in a loving home, surrounded by friends and cared for by his owners. But when circumstances change, he learns that not all humans are so kind. Passed from hand to hand, Black Beauty witnesses love and cruelty, wealth and poverty, friendship and hardship . . . Will the handsome horse ever find a happy and lasting home?"
An instant classic, a must-have in every library and rider's home. This book comes in handy movie format if you're more inclined!
National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
"The answer to 14-year-old Velvet Brown's plea materializes in the form of an unwanted piebald, raffled off in a village lottery, who turns out to be adept at jumping fences--exactly the sort of horse that could win the world's most famous steeplechase, the Grand National.
"Oh, God, give me horses, give me horses! Let me be the best rider in England!" is one quote we can all relate to.
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
"On an island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her--that is until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can't live without her."
This is one of the earliest books I remember, and I related to it on a deep emotional level.
My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
"It seems Ken can't do anything right. He loses saddle blankets and breaks reins...but then comes the worst news yet: a report card so bad that he has to repeat a grade. How can you tame the dreamy mind of a boy who stares out of the window instead of taking an exam? Enter Flicka, the chestnut filly with a wild spirit."
I've never cried so hard!
I hope you enjoy my short, to-the-point words about these book because nothing can explain them aside from my pointless, emotional blubbering over a sad scene!
Photo by Kathleen Leavitt Cragun on Flickr.