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Since the arrival of online forums offering instant advice on every equestrian topic under the sun, is there still a place for tried and trusted horse books? We think so.

Clearly H&H social media fans agree, as when we asked them which horsey reference books they couldn’t live without, we were inundated with responses. There are a plethora of brilliant books out there, written by experts, which are relevant and useful for owners and riders of all levels.

So here are the most popular horse books that H&H readers believe no self-respecting horsey bookshelf (or e-reader) should be without…

Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship

First published in 1950, this was by the far the most recommended book by our social media fans. Regularly updated, the current 14th edition is a relevant now as each and ever one of its predecessors were. For owners of all ages looking for an all-round reference book it’s still hard to beat.

The Manual of Horsemanship: buy online now

Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners

Another popular suggestion which many H&H fans described as their ‘bible’, Captain Hayes’ Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners has been explaining equine health and sickness in a clear and concise manner for nearly 125yrs. Currently in its 18th edition, it remains a comprehensive guide to horse medicine and surgery, explaining the symptoms and treatment of every disease or injury a horse owner is likely to encounter.

Veterinary Notes For Horse Owners: buy online now

Other equine veterinary books suggested by H&H readers include:

When it came to horse riding books about techniques and training, there was a greater variety of books being put forward. Among those suggested by multiple readers were:

  • Breeding the Racehorse by Federico Tesio The psychological studies are amazing and apply to all equines, says Amanda Donegan

Other books suggested by H&H fans included:

Is your favourite equestrian reference book on our list? If not let everyone know about it below… Enjoy your reading.