I love books, and throughout my journey in setting up the property, building the barn and caring for my horses, I've come across some invaluable books that are now part of my collection.

Looking for board?

The Horse Owner's Survival Guide to Horse Boarding
by Ronaye Ireland
If you're looking for a boarding stable for your horse and you're new to the scene, then this is an absolute must read! You will learn about budgeting, how to uncover the hidden costs, how to recognize safe and healthy surroundings, how to interpret business practices and what those tell you about the boarding stable... and much more to help you pick the right boarding stable from the get-go! Check out for details.

Building a barn?

Keeping a Horse the Natural Way by Jo Bird
This book covers a wide range of topics including herd behavior and stabling from the horse's perspective.


Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage by Cherry Hill
All about designing and managing your equine facilities. She explains how to maximize efficiency through careful planning of facilities and implementation of diligent management routines that keep horses happy, healthy, and safe.
Horse Housing
by Richard Klimesh
201 pages packed full with information about picking the best building site to choosing stall latches. It explains in detail which materials are good around horses and how good lighting and flooring make a big difference to both horses and people.


Looking to purchase a trailer?

The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaining, and Servicing a Horse Trailer by Neva Kittrell Scheve
An excellent reference for any one looking to purchase a trailer. It considers the horse's point of view as well as yours - safety, good investment, ease of towing, loading, maintenance, etc.



The Complete Book of Foaling
by Karen E.N. Hayes DVM
An excellent book. Especially if you're a first timer this book is a must have.


Blessed are the Broodmares
by M. Phyllis Lose
Another excellent and well known book on foaling.




Beyond the Hay Days
by Rex A. Ewing
A definite must have. This common-sense horse nutrition book covers the hay-and-grain basics of feeding horses, plus horse supplements, including vitamins, minerals, MSM and glucosamine.
Natural Horse Care
by Pat Coleby

A natural approach to horse nutrition. An excellent book.



Nutrient Requirements of Horses
by National Research Council
Published in 1989, 112 pages. As some will say: "the bible to horse nutrition". Much of the data presented in here is referenced by other publications like "Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners".
Nutrient Requirements of Horses
by National Research Council

Updated and expanded to 520 pages and soon to be released.




Medical References

Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners
by M. Horace Hayes, FRCVS
This book is a must for all horse owners. It's an invaluable reference tool and covers too much to list here.
Emergency! The Active Horseman's Book of Emergency Care by Karen Hayes, DVM
An excellent reference book. In the event of an emergency it gives you practical and concise information on what to do until the vet arrives on the scene. Very well written.
The Merck Veterinary Manual
by Cynthia M. Kahn
This book was highly recommended to me and is on my wishlist to be added to the collection.


The Lame Horse
by James R. Rooney, DVM
Rooney covers fractures, injuries to tendons, and ligaments, etc. It's very in-depth and full of illustrations and actual X-rays to help you understand what went wrong and what to do about it.



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