Horse Podcast Ep 138: EQA Book Club: Discovering the Genre of Equestrian Fiction

Equestrian Adventuresses Travel and Horse Podcast Ep 138 - Book Club

If you love books, this is the perfect place for you. Once a month, Heather, Ute, and sometimes Krystal, will talk about their favorite horsey book. In today’s episode of the EQA Book Club, Heather and Ute talk about the new genre of Equestrian Fiction and how it has evolved from pony books, a genre we all know from our childhood. We talk about some of the books we read as children and some we have read more recently. We also discuss what it takes to write equestrian fiction successfully and why it has seen a huge proliferation in the last fifteen years. Join us on this journey through the world of horse books and down memory lane.

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Equestrian Fiction – A new genre for grown-up horse girls!

Who has not read The Black Stallion or My Friend Flicka as a horse girl? I devoured all those pony books as a child and teen but eventually outgrew them and never really found decent adult horse fiction until recently. Thanks to the growing market of self-publishers and ebooks, equestrian fiction for adults has grown into a genre of its own with lots of great book written by horsemen and horsewomen turned writers, therefore today you will find a ton of great horse books for adults.

Horse Romance

A good romance book is the perfect escape from the sometimes harsh reality, especially when it features horses. Horse romance is the only section of horse books which has been published by traditional publishing houses and till today is probably most widely read by lots of women.

  • In the Reins by Carly Kade
  • Her Summer at Pemberly by Sallianne Hines
  • Riders by Jilly Cooper

Horse Travel & Adventure

The Long Rider’s Guilt was probably one of the first agencies publishing books about travels and adventures on horseback. There are books which have been written in the 18th and 19th century and which read like a journey back in time. But also today there are lots of interesting books written by and about modern Equestrian Adventuresses.

  • Horse Nomads collected by Krystal Kelly
  • Wild Horses of the Summer Sun by Tory Bilski
  • Rough Magic – Riding the World’s loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer

Non-fictional Horse books

There are so many educational books on horses out there about every imaginable topic. Nowadays you will also get a lot of biographical and autobiographical books on horses.

Pony Books

  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Maguerite Henry
  • My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara

Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!


  • Pony Books
  • Stereotypes in pony books & horse fiction
  • How did Equestrian Fiction evolve
  • Non fiction books
  • Books vs Ebooks

Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!

Special Announcement

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Follow a vet on her adventures in the Namibian Bush, an ex-pat winning a showjumping medal in Italy, a British family with two toddlers crossing Patagonia on horseback, or a German girl finding her dream horse on an Indian horse market.

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Do you feel that we are missing out on an important topic? Or maybe you have an interesting story to tell? Contact Heather or Ute!


Thanks for listening to our EQA Book Club Episode: Equestrian Fiction!

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