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Horsemanship & Horses
Equestrian Sports

Selected Books

Camp, Joe
The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd
SF285.C24 2008
In this memoir, Joe Camp, creator of the Benji dog series, recounts how he and his wife learned how to care for and relate to horses after a surprise birthday gift.
DeFilippis, Christopher
The Everything Horse Care Book: A Complete Guide to the Well-Being of Your Horse
SF285.3.D44 2006
With health information on both young and old horses and additional information on purchasing a horse, The Everything Horse Care Book is the essential manual for anyone interested in learning how to care for horses.
Guay, Mary
Buying Your First Horse: A Comprehensive Guide to Preparing for, Finding and Purchasing a Great Horse
SF285.G87 1997
What are the expenses? Should you keep your horse on your property or at a stable? Where can you find the best horses? How will you negotiate with the seller, and what contracts are involved?
Horse Crazy!: 1,001 Fun Facts, Craft Projects, Games, Activities, and Know-How for Horse-Loving Kids
j SF302.H33 2009
"Horse Crazy" is a book that will keep horse-obsessed kids (ages 8+) busy for hours on end. Nearly 400 pages of equine information are divided into three broad sections: In the Saddle (and the Stall and the Show Ring), In the Spotlight: Horses in the Arts, and In the Know: All About Horses.
Horses through Time
QL737.U6 H67 1996x
This collection of essays compiled by Sandra L. Olsen for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, examines in laymen's terms the development of the lineage of horses through the paleontological record, the domestication of horses based on the archaeological record, the history of the interplay between humans and horses, the lively history of equestrian sports, and advances in equine veterinary medicine.
Jahiel, Jessica
The Horse Behavior Problem Solver: All Your Questions Answered about How Horses Think, Learn, and React
SF281.J35 2004
In The Horse Behavior Problem Solver, equine behavior expert Jessica Jahiel (author of the email newsletter Horse Sense) offers proven solutions to common horse behavior problems. Jahiel explains how a horse thinks, how it learns, and why it acts the way it does.
Jahiel, Jessica
The Horse Training Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Gaits, Ground Work, and Attitude, in the Arena and on the Trail
SF287.J34 2007
Jahiel offers sensible answers to riders' most common training challenges so that riders will gain their animal's trust, develop realistic expectations, stay focused, and engage in effective two-way communication, ultimately resulting in a happier, better-trained, more enjoyable horse.
Kimball, Cheryl
The Complete Horse: An Entertaining History of Horses
SF283.K56 2006
A short read for the beginning horse lover.
Kimball, Cheryl
The Everything Horse Book
"Buying, Riding and Caring for Your Equine Companion... So Complete You'll Think a Horse Wrote It"
SF285.K49 2002x
An introduction to horses and horse owning.
McBane, Susan
Horse Owner's Essential Survival Guide
SF285.3.M3994 2004x
Owning and caring for a horse is expensive and a lot of work. This book will show you how to get organized, find cheaper alternatives and pool resources to save money.
Poems About Horses
Edited by Carmela Ciuraru
PN6110.H7 P64 2009x
An Everyman's Library pocket poet anthology that celebrates horses and the age-old bond between humans and horses.
Prockl, Erika
Learning to Ride as an Adult: A New Training Method for First-Time Riders
SF309.P848513 2004x
A certified riding instructor, Prockl first learned to ride at the age of 25 and draws on her own experiences to create a guide for the adult novice rider. The text combines clear descriptions of the optimal posture, balance and coordination of the body and diagrams of exercises the reader can do using everyday equipment, such as a physiotherapy ball and a straight-backed chair.
Thomas, Heather Smith
Stable Smarts: Sensible Advice, Quick Fixes, and Time-Tested Wisdom from an Idaho Horsewoman
SF285.3.T493 2005
Whether you've been working with horses for 4 months or 40 years, there's always something new to learn from other horse people - a quick tip or handy timesaver that's new to you. Heather Smith Thomas practices hundreds of these useful tidbits, gleaned over a lifetime of working with horses day in and day out.
Thomas, Heather Smith
Storey's Guide to Raising Horses
SF285.3 .T496 2000
This complete reference for the horse owner includes full coverage of such essential topics as feeding and nutrition, foot care, disease prevention, dental care and mouth problems, keeping a stallion, selecting breeding stock, foaling, care of the young horse, and more.
Whitaker, Julie
The Horse: A Miscellany of Equine Knowledge
SF285.W579 2007x
The Horse is an informative gallop through everything to do with the horse: evolution, history, biology, breeds, behavior, training, competition, health, and care -- all gathered into an accessible gallery of solid information, essential facts, and fascinating trivia.

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Web Sites

  • American Quarter Horse Association
    If you have ever seen a horse in one of rodeo's timed events, been along for work on a ranch or watched a Western on the big or small screen, 9 times out of 10 you have witnessed an American Quarter Horse. And they come in 16 recognized colors!
  • The Horse Interactive
    Online guide to equine health care.
  • The Horse Show
    "The Horse Show with Rick Lamb is the world's premier radio program on horses. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, ride English or Western, have dozens of horses or are preparing to buy your first horse, this program provides real information you can use. Listen on the radio, on your computer or subscribe to our monthly CD. This site is updated weekly."
  • Horseman's Advisor
    Horse Care, Horse Health, Equine Diseases, Training, Reproduction, and Legal Matters. Articles and Forums on Horses and Other Equines for Equestrians and Veterinarians.
  • Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
    The purpose of the IHSA is to promote competition for riders of any skill level regardless of financial status. Students compete individually and as teams members at both Regional and National levels. Their site includes many horse-related links.
  • US Dressage Federation
    USDF is dedicated to education, the recognition of achievement and the promotion of the sport of dressage with 120 affiliated organizations and 32,000 memberships nationally.
  • US Eventing Association
    Combined Training, or "eventing" as the sport will now be called internationally, is the triathlon of equestrian sports, incorporating the disciplines of dressage, cross-country jumping and show jumping.
  • United States Equestrian Federation
    The USEF is the National Governing Body of equestrian sport in the United States. It promotes and regulates equestrian competition. Includes links to many other equestrian organizations.


Pittsburgh Region

  • Allegheny Front: Off the Beaten Path
    The Allegheny Front's Cindy Sullivan heads to Rolling Hills Ranch in Bridgeville, south of Pittsburgh for her first time in the saddle. (real audio)
  • Clear View Stables
    Clear View Stables offers English riding lessons, boarding, leasing and sales on 57 acres in scenic western Pennsylvania (in Oakdale, southwest of Pittsburgh).
  • Darby Downs Equestrian Center
    Boarding & lesson facility in east Pittsburgh suburbs (Irwin). Certified instruction in eventing, dressage & hunter/jumper disciplines. Show coaching at events in PA & Ohio.
  • Frosty Acres Paso Fino Farm
    This breeding farm located in Export, PA (east of Pittsburgh) offers boarding, training and riding lessons.
  • HOPE Horseshoe Club
    (Horseshoes of Pittsburgh Enterprises). Does horseshoe pitching qualify as an equestrian sport?
  • Little Neshannock Stables at New Wilmington Equestrian Center
    Located behind Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA (north of Pittsburgh). Offers riding lessons, riding camps, adult riding lessons, clinics, horse-training lessons, weekend getaway bed and breakfast packages. Also home of the Westminster College Equestrian Team.

  • Seven Springs Mountain Resort
    Offers horseback riding in the summer. Enjoy a scenic ride through the Laurel Highlands on a guided horseback ride. Champion, PA.
  • Tipperary Farm
    A Riding Academy for Children in Southwestern Pennsylvania. English group riding lessons on school owned horses & ponies. Tipperary Farm is located on over 150 acres in North Fayette Township.
  • Western Pennsylvania Combined Training Association (WPCTA)
    Combined training (also called eventing) is the equestrian triathlon, consisting of dressage, cross-country and show jumping. This website contains a Western Pennsylvania Horse-Related Directory.
  • Western Pennsylvania Dressage Association (WPDA)
    a Group Member Organization of the United States Dressage Federation with approximately 200 members and hosting 3 USDF/AHSA shows a year. Includes links to related sites.
  • Western Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association
    The Western Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association is a large, highly successful regional organization that promotes the values of owning and exhibiting Quarter Horses. This is accomplished through sponsoring AQHA approved Quarter Horse shows, Open Shows, Clinics, Youth Team affiliations, Futurities, and other equine repeated events in the area.
  • Wildwin Stable
    Located in Greensburg, PA, just east of Pittsburgh. Offers lessons, training, boarding, and a summer day camp.


  • Pennsylvania Arabian Horse Association
    PAHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Arabian Horse in Pennsylvania. Their website includes links to information about Arabian horses.
  • Pennsylvania Equestrian
    News magazine published 11 times a year.
  • Pennsylvania Horse
    This website has been developed for the Pennsylvania Equine Community to utilize for buying and selling horses, posting local events, information, communication and equine web design services.
  • Pennsylvania National Horse Show
    Nearly 1,200 of the finest American and international show horses will gather at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, PA, for the annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October. The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is America’s largest indoor multi-breed horse show and one of the equestrian world’s premier events.
  • Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association
    Represents the interests of the Quarter Horse industry in Pennsylvania.