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Ultimate List of Free Equine E-Books

Ultimate List of Free Equine E-Books

Your equine education doesn’t have to stop once your seat leaves the saddle.

And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

That’s why we’ve gathered this ultimate list of FREE horse-related ebooks – so your education never has to stop.

One of the biggest challenges we see in the horse industry is the lack of formal education.

One trainer may have a lifetime of education, experience, and wisdom under her helmet, but unless her students go on to become trainers, that lifetime of wisdom retires when she does.

Imagine what would happen to the equine industry if we could capture all of the knowledge and wisdom and pass it on freely to anyone who wanted it!

How to Use This List of Free Equine eBooks

This is the next best thing I could think of – a complete collection of FREE horse-related ebooks.

Many of these are over 100  years old and so their copyright laws have passed and they are part of the public domain.

Go down the list and read each one at a time, or skip around and pick up the ones that sound interesting to you.

I’ve added a brief description of the ones that I’ve read to help you get an idea of what the book contains.

As I go down the list and read the books, I’ll add more information so make sure to bookmark or pin this post to come back and check out new updates.

While some of the information in these books is outdated, I still think it’s valuable to know how we used to do it.

There’s a tradition and a respect when we honor how our forefathers trained and cared for their horses.

There’s a heritage there that I feel is just as important as is knowing when modern practices have been updated due to current research.

There is also a lot of wisdom in seemingly outdated folk lore – if we would just listen.

Because there are so many books in this list, I am going down them in order and reading them so that I can give you a brief synopsis of each.

Make sure to hit the Pinterest button on the bottom of the page to save this post and keep coming back!

As I finish each book, I’ll add more information on it. 

A History of the Percheron Horse (1917)

Written in collaboration with the Percheron Society of America, this book was born from research drawn from “authentic documents, records and manuscrits in the national archives of the French Government, together with a detailed account of the introduction and dissemination of the breed throughout the United States…”

Beginning in the 9th century, in the Perche forest in France, this book breaks up the history of the Percheron into four “cycles”: the first being as a medieval warhorse, the second in helping France’s growth, the third as an agriculture implement, and the fourth cycle as carts and vans pulling commerce down a “modern” city.

I love the old pictures of the horses and breeders, this book goes into depth of the breeding and bloodlines.

If you have a percheron, or are interested in old breeding lines, this is a fabulous book for you.

A Horse Book (1901)

This precious book belonged to the Dumpy Books for Children collection.

It contains 24 poems and stories about horses for young children.

A Method of Breaking Horses (1762)

The full title of this piece is called “A method of breaking horses, and teaching soldiers to ride, designed for the use of the Army, by Henry Earl of Pembroke.”

Published in London, the book opens with a letter to the King, written by the Earl of Pembroke himself, lamenting at the wretched state of horsemanship in the Army.

To fix this, he proceeds to list a number of “lessons” he would like the soldiers to learn before they begin riding.

A Method of Horsemanship (1851)

Translated from French for the purpose of an American audience, some of this book has been removed.

The foundation of this book is about teaching the equestrian to obtain a good seat.

The part of this book that I love is that is gives examples for lessons for how to improve your seat.

A Plain Treatise on Horse Shoeing With Illustrations (1856)

While we wouldn’t recommend embarking on a professional farrier career from reading a 150 year old book on shoeing, we love the historical viewpoint on farrier science.

While the art of farrier science has advanced since the publication of this book, as a horse-owner, you can never know enough of hoof health and care.

A Practical Guide to the Breaking and Training of the Young Horse (1851)

Another military manual, written by Corporal Major Robert Turner, the Assistant Riding Master at the Royal Horse Guards.

He begins with a description and explanation of the proper fit of the equipment you will use.

The second section describes training some basic ground manners to the horse. But our favorite part is the lessons.

We love the structured, military approach he gives in listing out twelve separate “lessons”.

Once you’ve completed the first lesson, you may move on to the second.

At the very end he describes common conformation weaknesses and defects of the foot and shoeing.

A Treatise on the Care, Treatment and Training of the English Race Horse (1840)

This massive work of literature goes into the best detail regarding the construction, tools, and ventilation of the best stables.

The author details how to groom, care for, feed and train a race horse in the mid 1800’s.

There is still lots of great knowledge in this book that is useful even today.

A Treatise on the Cavalry and Saddle Horse (1803)

This book is a accumulation of rough notes regarding horses used in Calvary.

Packed with no-nonsense advice, it’s heavy on the facts and light on the fluff.

It goes into detail on what to look for in a good mount relating to conformation and way of going.

He talks about stable management, feeding, riding, caring for your tack — everything an equestrian needs to know.

About Buying a Horse (1875)

This clever, cheeky book is more a book on the philosophy of life then on how to buy a horse.

The author talks about how to talk about wanting to buy a horse, and how to deal with people who will inform you about the type of horse you want.

He talks about how to instantly make friends with strangers on the train. It’s more entertaining then educational, but well worth the read.

Advice to Purchasers of Horses (1835)

A very short, and somewhat basic book on purchasing a horse.

Written by a veterinary surgeon in 1835, Stewart goes over basic desirable conformation of the riding horse, different considerations on soundness and unsoundness, and the laws relating to sale and warranty.

American Horses and Horse Breeding – a Complete History (1895)

This hefty read covers it all.

It’s actually three books in one: “A Complete History of the Horse From the Remotest Period in His History to Date”, “The Horseman’s Encyclopedia and Standard Authority on Horses…” and “The Modern and Practical Horse Doctor on the Cause, Nature, Symptoms and Treatment of Diseases of All Kinds”. 

It begins with the earliest history of horses in general and wild horses in America.

The next 18 chapters cover individual horse breeds – some of which you’ve probably never heard of.

In addition to all this and more, it covers stable management, training difficult horses, and farrier science.

American Horsewoman (1890)

This is the first book dedicated to specifically to female riders.

Because of that, a lot of the riding advice is aimed at the side-saddle rider.

But in addition to riding instruction, this book gives an account of the history of the horse, the importance of outdoor exercise, the parts and proper fitting of the tack, and general “rules of the road”.

Among Horses in Russia (1900)

This delightful period piece was written from the viewpoint of a very experienced international horseman.

As such, this book recalls several trips to Russia and the evolution of horses and riding in 1800’s Russia.

An Academy for Grown Horsemen (1905)

This tongue-in-cheek, clever and (might I say hilarious!) humorist piece is well worth the read.

Take for example, the chapter on modern horses: “The pitiful spider-legged things of this age fly into a ditch with you, at the sight of a picket-handkerchief, or the blowing of your nose…”

Who said equestrians can’t have a sense of humor?

An Essay on the Breeding and Management of Draught Horses (1882)

Bits and Bearing-Reins (1885)

Breaking and Training Horses (1903)

Breeding Training Management and Diseases of the Horse (1893)

Buying a Horse (1916)

Character Building – What I Know About Breaking and Training Colts and Horses (1905)

Diseases of the Horses Foot (1918)

Domestic Animals – A Pocket Manual (1858)

Domestic Animals – History and Description of the Horse (1857)

Essays on Horse Subjects (1907)

Every Horse Owners Cyclopedia (1872)

Every Horse Owners Training Manual (1871)

Faras Nama E Rangin – The Book of the Horse (1911)

Farm Animals – Horses (1906)

First-hand Bits of Stable Lore (1903)

Footprints of the Horse (1865)

Frank Foresters Horse and Horsemanship (1857)

Gleason’s Horse Book (1902)

Gleason’s Horse Training Made Easy (1900)

Guide to the Specimens of the Horse Family (1907)

Hints on Horsemanship (1919)

Hints to Horse-Keepers – A Complete Manual for Horsemen (1906)

Horse and Man – Their Mutual Dependence and Duties (1885)

Horse and Man (1869)

Horse Breeding on the Range (1892)

Horse Breeding Recollections (1883)

Horse Equipments and Equipments for Officers and Enlisted men (1908)

Horse Owners Guide (1878)

Horse Raising in Colonial New England (1922)

Horse Training by Modern Methods (1912)

Horse Foot and Dragoons (1888)

Horse-Back Riding From a Medical Point of View (1878)

Horse-Breeders Handbook (1898)

Horse-Breeding – Being the General Principles of Heredity (1885)

Horse-Breeding (1885)

Horse-Keeping for Amateurs (1800)

Horsemanship for Women (1887)

Horse-Mastership – A Lecture with An Appendix (1911) 

Horses and Riding (1909)

Horses and Roads – How to Keep a Horse Sound on his Legs (1880)

Horses, Horsemen and Stable-Management (1908)

Horses Saddles and Bridles (1895)

How to Break, Educate and Handle the Horse for the Uses of Every Day Life (1901)

How to Buy a Horse – A Treatise (1879)

How to Choose a Horse (1901)

How to Judge a Horse (1893)

How to Ride and School a Horse (1881)

Humane Horse Training (1922)

Illustrated Horse Breaking (1889)

Illustrated Lectures on Horsemanship (1895)

Justin Morgan Founder of His Race – The Romantic History of a Horse (1911)

Lessons in Horse Judging (1879)

Light Horses – Breeds and Management (1919)

Long-Distance Riding (1894)

Lovers of the Horse (1909)

Magners Standard Horse and Stock Book (1903)

Making the American Thoroughbred – Especially in Tennessee (1916)

Management and Breeding of Horses (1915)

Manual for Stable Sergeants (1917)

Modern Horse Management (1915)

Modern Horsemanship – A New Method of Teaching Riding and Training (1884)

Modern Horsemanship – Three Schools of Riding (1889)

Modern Riding and Horse Education (1912)

My Quest of the Arab Horse (1909)

New Method of Horsemanship (1800)

Nolans System for Training Cavalry Horses (1862)

On Horse-Breaking (1877)

On Seats and Saddles – Bits and Bitting (1886)

Our Noblest Friend the Horse (1903)

Points of Resemblance Between the Suprarenal Bodies of the Horse and Dog (1877)

Principles of Horse Feeding (1903)

Productive Horse Husbandry (1920)

Provisional Drill and Service Regulations for Field Artillery – Vol 2 (1916)

Rational Horse-Shoeing (1873)

Recollections of Men and Horses (1907)

Road Track and Stable (1892)

Save-the-Horse – Book of Directions (1922)

Savigears Guide to Horsemanship and Horse Training (1899)

Science of Horse Training Containing the History of Twenty Years’ Experience (1870)

Seats and Saddle – Bits and Bitting (1879)

Shoeing and Balancing the Light Harness Horse (1916)

Small Horses in Warfare (1900)

Special Report on Diseases of the Horse (1896)

Stable Building and Stable Fitting (1891)

Stable Management and Exercise (1900)

Taming or Breaking the Horse (1858)

The ABC of the Horse (1900)

The American Farmer’s Horse Book (1867)

The American Reformed Horse Book (1920)

The American Thoroughbred (1905)

The Arab Horse (1906)

The Arabian Art of Taming and Training Wild and Vicious Horses (1858)

The Army Remount Problem (1911)

The Art of Horsemanship (1893)

The Art of Horse-Shoeing – a Manual for Farriers (1898)

The Art of Taming and Educating the Horse (1884)

The Art of Taming Horses (1858)

The Care of Horses – A Book For All Who Have Practical Charge of Horses (1910)

The Compleat Horse-Man and Expert Ferrier in Two Books (1684)

The Exterior of the Horse (1904)

The Family Horse – Its Stabling Care and Feeding (1889)

The Farmers and Horsemans Guide to Drive the Horse (1872)

The Farmer’s Practical Horse Farriery (1858)

The Form of the Horse (1862)

The Gait of the American Trotter and Pacer (1910)

The Gaits, Exterior and Proportions of the Horse (1896)

The Genealogy of the English Race Horse (1810)

The Gentleman’s Stable Manual (1861)

The Great Horse (1899)

The Handbook of Horsemanship (1842)

The Handy Horse-Book (1866)

The Harness Horse (1898)

The History and Art of Horsemanship (1771)

The History and Delineation of the Horse (1809)

The Horse – A Study in Natural History (1892)

The Horse – His Breeding Care and Treatment (1917)

The Horse – How to Breed and Rear Him (1890)

The Horse – How to Buy and Sell (1902)

The Horse – How to Feed Him (1868)

The Horse – Its Keep and Management (1891)

The Horse – Its Origin and Development (1911)

The Horse – Its Selection and Purchase (1907)

The Horse – Its Taming Training and General Management (1888)

The Horse – Its Varieties and Management (1896)

The Horse – Together with a General History of the Horse (1850)

The Horse – With a Treatise on Draught (1831)

The Horse (1898)

The Horse (1905)

The Horse and Dog – Not as They Are But as They Should Be (1882)

The Horse and His Diseases (1860)

The Horse and His Rider (1861)

The Horse and His Ways (1898)

The Horse and How to Care for Him (1911)

The Horse and its Relatives (1912)

The Horse and the Hound (1842)

The Horse and the War (1918)

The Horse as Comrade and Friend (1921)

The Horse Book – A Practical Treatise (1908)

The Horse for Work or Pleasure (1907)

The Horse in America (1905)

The Horse in Health, Accident and Disease (1921)

The Horse in History (1908)

The Horse in the Stable and the Field (1871)

The Horse, Its Treatment in Health and Disease with a Complete Guide to Breeding, Training and Management, Vol 1 (1905)

The Horse of America (1897)

The Horse, His Breeding, Care and Use (1911)

The Horse-Breeders Guide and Hand Book (1883)

The Horseman – A Work on Horsemanship (1844)

The Horseman’s Hand Book (1874)

The Horseowner and Stablemans Companion (1871)

The Horse-Owner’s Guide (1861)

The Horses of Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance (1864)

The Horse’s Rescue (1882)

The Horse-Trainer’s and Sportman’s Guide (1868)

The Illustrated Horse Management (1867)

The Improved Art of Farriery (1857)

The Improved Practical System of Educating the Horse (1869)

The Internal Parasites of our Domesticated Animals (1873)

The Lady and Her Horse (1857)

The Management and Treatment of the Horse (1882)

The Modern Art of Taming Wild Horses (1858)

The New System of Educating Horses (1877)

The Percheron Horse (1868)

The Perfect Horse – How to Know Him (1876)

The Photographic History of the Civil War, Vol 1 (1911)

The Practical Horse Keeper (1890)

The Psychology and Training the Horse (1906)

The Pure Arabians and Americo-Arabs (1908)

The Regeneration of the Morgan Horse (1910)

The Right to be Well Born (1917)

The Royal Horse Book – Centaur (1885)

The Saddle Put on the Right Horse (1783)

The Saddle-Horse – A Complete Guide for Riding and Training (1891)

The Stable Book (1856)

The Training and Breaking of Horses (1912)

The Trotting and the Pacing Horse in America (1904)

The Trotting Horse of America (1874)

The Two-Minute Horse (1922)

The Virginian – A Horseman of the Plains (1917)

The Young Lady’s Equestrian Manual (1838)

Tips and Toe-Weights – A Natural and Plain Method of Horse-Shoeing (1883)

Training and Horse Management in India (1905)

Training the Trotting Horse (1890)

Twelve Lectures on the Form and Action of the Horse (1850)

Unasked Advice – A Series of Articles on Horses and Hunting (1872)

What Horse for the Cavalry (1912)

With Horse and Hound (1911)