Where to Find Free Horse Books
 By Winniefield Park   •   8th Jun 2013   •   4,028 views   •   0 comments
I love horses. I love books. So I really love the combination of horses and books. While libraries and bookstores are the logical places to find horse books, there are lots of horse books on the Internet as well. In fact, there are many free horse books, both fiction and non-fiction for you to choose from.

To read horse books that you download from the Internet, you will need the right software. You’ll probably need something like Adobe Reader or Foxit PDF reader to read books in the pdf format. To open epub files, you’ll need something like Kobo Desktop, Kindle Desktop or Calibre. Calibre will open many different types of e-book files, so if you don’t own an actual e-reader, this might be the most useful. All of these are free programs and easy to set up. Calibre also has a search function for finding books from dozens of Internet sources.

Where to Find Free Horse BooksThe Kobo and Kindle stores have lots of horse books for purchase, and many free ones as well. In the fiction category, you’ll find classics like Black Beauty, but you’ll also find some newer selections. Use their search box to look for keywords like horse, equine, horseback and then filter the results to find the freebies. Watch out though, because not all the search results yield ‘G’ rated books.

Another source for free horse books is contains the J. A. Seaverns collection, which contains about 1500 books written in the 1800s. Many of these books are about horse training and care, and are a fascinating look at how horses were treated in the time when they truly were the western world’s horsepower. You’ll find interesting personal stories as well, including memoirs like The Horse as Comrade and Friend by C.E. Calthrop.

Project Gutenburg is a massive resource for all types of books with many horse-related titles available as e-books and audio books. Wildfire, by Zane Grey is a classic horse story and just one of many you can find by this very popular writer. A book that is still in print today and frequently updated, is Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners, by Matthew Horace Hayes. Both Hayes and his wife Alice wrote several books that were meant to be instructional in addition to their personal memoirs.

If you belong to a local library, there’s a good chance you are able to borrow e-books through services such as Libraries on the Go or Pulse. You’ll need another software program for this called Adobe Digital Editions. This is my favorite way to fill my e-reader up with great books, and I’ve found some really entertaining horse-themed novels. Another online service that focuses on non-fiction is Ebsco Host. You may be able to access this as a member of your local library and download books on breeding, training, horse care and equine fitness. Side benefit—no overdue book fees.

What is your favorite horse book?
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