Super Horse Fiction for adults

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The list author says: "It's pretty easy to find good horse books for children, but it's more challenging to find good horse books that will appeal to adults. Below are some of my favorite titles from over the years."
The Lady
1.  The Lady by Anne McCaffrey
The list author says:
  "One of the best adult horse books out there. Write more, Anne! A bit of romance, a bit of coming-of-age -- I've read this over and over."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Horse Heaven (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
2.  Horse Heaven (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Jane Smiley
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  "This isn't my most favorite, but it's a good read and easy to obtain."
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Blind Beauty
3.  Blind Beauty by K. M. Peyton
The list author says:
  "KM Peyton is one of my favorite coming-of-age writers. Everything she writes is excellent, and she's written quite a few about horses.."
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Flying Changes
4.  Flying Changes by Lynn Hall
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  "A nice little coming-of-age book, more real than fantasy."
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Remember Summer
5.  Remember Summer by Elizabeth Lowell
The list author says:
  "Not too over the top for a romance novel, and is about 3-day eventing."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Good Horse is Never a Bad Color
6.  Good Horse is Never a Bad Color by Mark Rashid
The list author says:
  "Not fiction, but the stories are a fun read whether you wanted to learn about horse training or not."
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Last junior year
7.  Last junior year by Barbara Morgenroth
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  "Out of print, but one of the best realistic stories about riding horses on the show circuit."
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Taking Up the Reins: A Year in Germany with a Dressage Master
8.  Taking Up the Reins: A Year in Germany with a Dressage Master by Priscilla Endicott
The list author says:
  "Not fiction, but a neat story about a woman who dropped everything to spend a year in Germany to learn about dressage 'back in the early years' of US dressage."
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Monday Horses
9.  Monday Horses by Jean Slaughter Doty
The list author says:
  "Realistic story about horse shows, written well enough for adults. Also see her story "The Crumb"."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Fly Away Home
10.  Fly Away Home by Kimberly Cates
The list author says:
  "Nice basic novel with a strong horsey setting. Some details are off (does the daughter do point-to-point or show jumping?) but it's still a very pleasant horsey read."
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Riding Shotgun
11.  Riding Shotgun by Rita Mae Brown
The list author says:
  "A little goofy sometimes, but plenty of accurate foxhunting scenes to satisfy the equestrian reader."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Jaran
12.  Jaran by Kate Elliott
The list author says:
  "The horses are more in the background in this SF novel, but it's a good story about a 'modern' spacefaring woman who is adopted into a nomadic horse-based clan."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Night Ride Home
13.  Night Ride Home by Barbara Esstman
The list author says:
  "A satisfying novel, where horses both cause tragedy and create redemption."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The Horse Whisperer
14.  The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
The list author says:
  "I know lots of people are critical of the story, but I still think it is among the more satisfying adult horse fiction books I've read. (And it's much better than the movie.)"
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Hot Blood (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
15.  Hot Blood (St. Martin's True Crime Library) by Ken Englade
The list author says:
  "Not fiction (unfortunately!) but a compelling story that everyone in the horse industry should read."
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Ride a Dark Horse
16.  Ride a Dark Horse by Laura Moore
The list author says:
  "A satisfying equestrian romance; the horse details are spot-on, even with diagnostic vet work. One of the best in the category - I hope she'll write another."
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Black Horses for the King
17.  Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey
The list author says:
  "Not my favorite McCaffrey, but a readable and enjoyable yarn set around the import of the early oriental horses to Britain."
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Arrows of the Queen ( The Heralds of Valdemar, Book 1)
18.  Arrows of the Queen ( The Heralds of Valdemar, Book 1) by Mercedes Lackey
The list author says:
  "This is the first book written in a large universe of Valdemar stories, a medieval land of magic. The Companions are magical, telepathic white horses. Fine coming-of-age tale."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

Lady of Horses
19.  Lady of Horses by Judith Tarr
The list author says:
  "A wonderful prehistory novel written by a classical dressage rider; the horse behaviors are right on, and even cause political incidents. Terrific read."
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Chance Meeting
20.  Chance Meeting by Laura Moore
The list author says:
  "Laura Moore writes another wonderful equestrian romance."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Trophies (Signet)
21.  Trophies (Signet) by Ainslie Sheridan
The list author says:
  "Misses some points for realism, but a delicious read about A circuit jumping anyway."
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Horseplay: A Novel
22.  Horseplay: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer
The list author says:
  "This very funny novel is well worth your time."
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Still Life with Elephant: A Novel
23.  Still Life with Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer
The list author says:
  "Not as horsey as Horseplay, this novel still has many horsey elements, and it is an excellent read to boot."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Mountain's Call (White Magic)
24.  The Mountain's Call (White Magic) by Caitlin Brennan
The list author says:
  "The first book in a fantasy series where the magic users are master riders aboard Lipizzan-like stallions, and their great quadrilles are patterns used to create great works of magic."
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The Hearts of Horses
25.  The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss
The list author says:
  "A nice grown up novel about a young woman finding her place in the WWI era in the west."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Perfect Distance
26.  The Perfect Distance by Kim Ablon Whitney
The list author says:
  "This young adult title is a very accurate depiction of life on the American hunter-jumper A circuit, and a satisfying read for adults remembering their equitation dreams as well."
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The Language of Light: A Novel
27.  The Language of Light: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton
The list author says:
  "This is as much about photography as it is about horses, but it's an excellent novel even if you have no interest in either."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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