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Mary King's Top Book Recommendations

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Horses & Heroes

This work is a collection of John Monoprio's personal odyssey of taking pictures of people with horses. It includes the great events of the horse world: from Badminton to Burghley, from Richmond to Windsor, from Aachen to Dublin. It also covers life with horses and behind the scenes activity. less
Recommended by Mary King, and 1 others.

Mary KingThis photography book is a wonderful collection of portraits of horses and riders throughout the years. I was given it after he came and photographed me. You have photos from all the different walks of equestrian life – the showing world, racing, eventing and show jumping. (Source)

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What Will Be

The Autobiography

The son of two Badminton riders, William Fox-Pitt was born into horse riding, and by the time he won his first gymkhana at eight, he was hooked to the sport. In 2004 he had a year of extremes, from the glory of winning Badminton to the agony of seeing his horse get injured during the Olympics, thereby destroying his chances of an individual medal and his team’s chances of winning gold. The following year, he won Burghley, Gatcombe, and Bramham to confirm himself as Britain's top rider for a fifth year, and was ranked second in the world. In this eagerly awaited autobiography, Fox-Pitt talks... more
Recommended by Mary King, and 1 others.

Mary KingHe is an absolute legend. We are good friends, and I think he is the better rider than I. Even though last year I finished world number one and he was world number two, I still think he is the better rider. (Source)

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Black Beauty

Black Beauty spends his youth in a loving home, surrounded by friends and cared for by his owners. But when circumstances change, he learns that not all humans are so kind. Passed from hand to hand, Black Beauty witnesses love and cruelty, wealth and poverty, friendship and hardship . . . Will the handsome horse ever find a happy and lasting home? Carefully retold in clear contemporary language, and presented with delightful illustrations, these favorite classic stories capture the heart and imagination of young readers. By retelling the story in a shorter, simpler form, these books become... more
Recommended by Audrey Penn, Mary King, and 2 others.

Audrey PennI have to go with Black Beauty. It’s very tough for me to read, because of the cruelty. I can’t stand cruelty. I don’t understand it, I will never understand it. Never in a million years. But if you want to take my illness and you want to equate it with anything, you can equate it with Black Beauty. (Source)

Mary KingAs a horsey young girl, it was a wonderful book to have read to you. It was written in 1877, in the first person – ground-breaking at the time. (Source)

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Jump in the saddle with a sure thing.

Writer John Kendall travels to England to interview a racehorse trainer with something to hide-a secret that could threaten Kendall's life.
Recommended by Mary King, and 1 others.

Mary KingThey are all based on the racing world. Dick Francis was a former jockey. Every book I have read of his is very exciting. They always begin with something that captures you right from the start. In this book, the main character is a young author called John Kendall who has agreed to write the biography of a famous horse trainer. When he arrives at the trainer’s house, one of the riders has just... (Source)

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Since 1877, Captain M. Horace Hayes's Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners has been the standard work on equine health care, constantly up-dated to take account of greater knowledge of diseases and improved technological treatments. It now appears in its 18th edition, completely reviewed by leading authorities from around the world, with almost all of the chapters revised or completely re-written, and with new illustrations. Extra chapters have been included to cover the developing subjects of Performance Analysis and Artificial Insemination. The result is a comprehensive manual of horse... more
Recommended by Mary King, and 1 others.

Mary KingThis is a book I have had since I was a teenager, and I now have the updated version. It is a real encyclopedia of equine veterinary problems. Obviously I would ask a vet to come and see a horse, but it is a very good manual to use to get information about what the problem might be. (Source)

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