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America's Last Wild Horses

By Hope Ryden
New Introduction © 2005 By Hope Ryden
ISBN: 1-59228-873-1
Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane, P. O. Box 480
Guilford, CT 06437
Paperback 6" x 9", 345 pages
Approx. $ 19 US

This is, truly, the classic study of the Mustangs - their pivotal role in the history of the West, their return to the wild, and the ongoing efforts to preserve them. Originally published in 1970, this comprehensive text has been updated to the present, with new details, legislation, and other facts included. Helpful index, some color and b/w photos, very well written.  A must read… as we MUST stop this ongoing destruction of nature - we CAN do better.

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Beyond Words

Beyond Words:
Talking with Animals and Nature

By Marta Williams
©2005 Marta Williams
ISBN: 1-57731-492-1
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way
Novato, CA 94949
Paperback, 5.5" x 8.5", 202 pages
Approx. $15 US

Don't believe you have intuitive abilities? Read this book - with its history of intuition, amazing stories, and how-to's - and you will think differently. It is past time to bring back intuition, and respect for all things natural. Marta shares her expertise and experiences so we can make a meaningful move in that direction - and she explains why. A must read!

Trail Riding

Trail Riding:
Train, Pack Up & Hit the Trail

By Rhonda Hart Poe
©2005 Rhonda Hart Poe
Storey Publishing
210 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
ISBN 1-58017-560-0
Paperback, 8.5" x 11",324 pages
Approx. $20 US

A complete guide for the trail rider and horse, this text contains a wealth of black and white sketches and diagrams to accompany its wealth of helpful information. Horse-friendly and sensible, and full of great ideas to help you and your horse hit the trails - safely and happily.


Spirit Horses

Spirit Horses

By Tony Stromberg
©2005 Tony Stromberg
ISBN: 1-57731-499-9
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way
Novato, CA 94949
Hard cover, 11" x 12.25", 145 pages
Approx. $40 US

This is a large-format book of delightful portraits of horses, enhanced with meaningful quotes from teachers, writers, and horse lovers. Stromberg's photographs focus on the wild horses, and domestic horses living in spaciousness, to capture their natural beauty. And that he does, in this lovely coffee-table book of huge proportions.

Bomb Proof Horse

Bombproof Your Horse

By Sgt. Rick Pelicano with Lauren Tjaden
© 2004 Rick Pelicano
ISBN: 1-57076-260-0
Trafalgar Square Publishing
388 Howe Hill Rd.
North Pomfret, VT 05053
Orders: Two Horse Enterprises
POB 15517
Fremont, CA 94539
Paperback 8.25" x 10.25", 182 pages
Approx. $30 US

We all know how horses can be - spooky, jumpy, flighty, panicky, and downright dangerous - naturally. Rick shares his expertise and experience to help riders get their horses comfortable and confident around just about anything - which could certainly save lives. A wealth of how-to, common sense strategies, and ideas to help you and your horse maneuver through life's obstacles - wherever you go, and whatever pops up! A must-have book!


It's All About Breakthroughs:
Partnership Training for Horse & Rider

By Bob Jeffreys
© 2004 Bob Jeffreys and Horse Hollow Press, Inc.
ISBN: 0-9638814-7-7
Horse Hollow Press, Inc.
PO Box 456
Goshen, NY 10924
Paperback, 5.5" x 8.5", 176 pages
Approx. $17 US

This is a great step-by-step book to establish a safe, solid, working partnership between you and your horse - by helping your horse succeed rather than testing him to failure. Presents sensible and effective horse-friendly methods, from start to finish. Well written, well planned text with thorough explanations and helpful b/w photos that will help you make incredible breakthroughs with your horse.

Way with Horses

A Way With Horses - Understanding the Horse and Human Relationship

By Trudy Nicholson
© 2004
ISBN: 1-59228-835-9
Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane
PO Box 480
Guilford, CT 06437
Paperback 9.25" x 7.75", 127 pages
Approx. $ 17 US

Open this book and you enter the world of the horse - through a wealth of beautiful photographs and brief but thorough, lovely, and horse-friendly text. The author presents and explains all aspects of the horse, from birth to human intervention to performance. A very informative and pleasant read; endearing and inspiring - wonderful for gift or coffee table.


The Secret of Happy Horses:
An Owner's Guide to Soundness, Harmony, and the Nature of the Horse

By Sabine Kells
© 2005 Sabine Kells
ISBN: 0-9685988-6-2
Published by Sabine Kells
PO Box 44
Qualicum Beach, BC, V9P 1C7
Spiral bound, 4.25" x 5.5", 184 pages

A fun little handbook containing a lot of information on natural horse care - including lifestyle, hoofcare, horsemanship, tack, riding, and more; a comprehensive look from the natural perspective that nudges the reader to research and learn more. Horse-friendly and easy to understand; a great gift in a little package.

Horse Daze

Horse Daze: A Lighter Look at Cowboys and Horses

By Harold Roy Miller
© 2005 Harold and Diana Miller
ISBN 0-9771809-0-5
Published by Lloyd Shelby, Painted Words Studios
Crosby, TX
Orders: 775-629-0789
Paperback, 8" x 11", 118 pages
Approx. $20 US

Now here's a fun book to read - poems, that rhyme! Harold's well-chosen words will entertain you, enlighten you, and make you laugh. This poetry book is packed with 85 poems, mostly about horses, and life with horses, from all aspects… and from Harold's humorous perspective. Keep it handy - it's a great way to lighten up! 

3 Dead Horses

Three Dead Horses

By Marilyn M. Fisher
© 2004 Marilyn M. Fisher
ISBN: 1-58982-221-8
American Book Publishing
PO Box 65624
Salt Lake City, UT 84165
Paperback: 5' x 8", 316 pages
Approx. $22 US

Love a good mystery? You won't want to put this one down - it's a heart thumper, eyebrow raiser, jaw dropper, and more. The author draws the reader into the world of murder, horse killings, and true-to-life horsepeople characters. This book reveals a lot about the horse world that needs to be exposed. Well written and researched - a great read!

Riding Lessons

Riding Lessons

By Sara Gruen
ISBN: 0-06-058027-5
Harper Collins
10 East 53rd St.
New York, New York 10022-5299
Paperback: 4.25" x 6.75", 387 pages
Approx $7 US

A story of rebirth after a tragic accident, this capturing novel colorfully portrays the lives of a mother, her troubled daughter, and some very special horses. Gruen expertly weaves mystery, family, romance, and the world of horses into this unforgettable and unique story.  A great read!

Phantom Stalion

Phantom Stallion #14: Moonrise

By Terri Farley
© 2005 by Terri Sprenger-Farley            
ISBN: 0-06-058315-0
HarperCollins Publishers
1350 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 1019
Paperback: 5" x 7.75", 197 pages
Approx. $5, US

Another great story in the series - revolving around a threat to the wild horses. Farley nicely portrays wild horses, ranch life, and the nature of horses and humans. This little book is a fun read for horse lovers of any age.




Lucy & Danae: Something Silly This Way Comes

By Wiley Miller
© 2005 Wiley Miller
ISBN: 0-7407-5099-2
Andrews McMeel Publishing
4520 Main Street,
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Paperback: 8.5 x 6.5, 112 pages
Approx. $13 US

Comic-book style, this amusing book lets us in on all the foibles and adventures of a girl and her clever pony, and their relationship to each other and the rest of the world. Miller hits on the outrageously unscrupulous politics of the adult world. Great for teens and adults, good laughs, cute artwork of all the characters - a fun gift.

Puzzle Book

Horse Games & Puzzles for Kids

By Cindy A. Littlefield
Cover & interior illustrations © Jean Abernethy, ©Eldon Doty, © Michael Kline
Text design Karin Stack
Text Production Melanie Jolicoeur and Doug Bantz
©2004 Cindy A. Littlefield
Storey Publishing
210 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
Storey Kids:
ISBN 1-50917-538-4
Paperback, 10.75" x 8", 137 pages
Approx. $10 US

Fun for the kids - of any age. Typical (not necessarily natural) horse stuff put into crosswords, searches, scrambles, jokes. riddles, and more. Contains an informative Glossary.

Childrens Workbook
Horse Games

Living With Horses & Children:
For Students of Natural Horsemanship Who Also Have Kids! (45 pages)
Children's Workbooks (accompaniment; 142 pages)

By Nancy Faulconer
Spiralbound 8-1/2" x 11"

Although "Not intended as teaching material", it is - and your kids and horses will love you for reading it. And they will love the workbook. Great suggestions and ideas for the whole family in an informal format. Photos (b/w) throughout to illustrate; get past the 'no helmets in photos' and just read it - she addresses that too. A must-read for ANY adults around kids and horses.

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Animal Companion

Rainbows and Bridges:
An Animal Companion Memorial Kit

By Allen & Linda Anderson
© 2005 New World Library
ISBN: 1-57731-503-0
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way
Novato, CA 94949
Hard box with contents, 6.25" x 8.5"
Approx. $40 US

You probably know the grief of losing a pet or horse. Few haven't. There's now a compassionate kit available for helping one to cope with the sadness and other emotions involved with this loss, and begin healing. Complete with a frame for a photo of the animal, this special box contains a book for finding comfort, a journal of dedication, and sets of cards for reading, reflecting, planning a memorial service, and more… from the Andersons, founders of the Angel Animals Network. A caring gift - for another, or for yourself.


2006 Rescues Calendar

By Live and Let Live Farm, Inc.
20 Paradise Lane
Chichester, NH 03258
$20 US

All profits from the sales of these calendars - containing lovely, endearing color photos of rescued PMU mares, foals, and others, with names and brief descriptions - go to the care of the horses. Great idea for the new year!




Horse Handling & Riding Through Feel


By Leslie Desmond
Diamond Lu Productions, Novato, CA
ISBN: 1-892578-18-2

American horsewoman and clinician, Leslie Desmond of California, presents selected readings from her latest book, “Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel”- THE AUDIO BOOK. Throughout the 10-CD set, she responds to a broad range of concerns that arise frequently for first-time horse owners and novice adult riders. For anyone who can’t stop thinking about horses and wants to learn more about them - especially when they drive.
Order online now; available in bookstores after December 5, 2005.