There are many free horse books online that you can download for reading on your Kobo, Kindle or other ereader. Many are antiquated, and need to be taken with a grain of salt. How we think about horses, and what we know about their care and health has changed. But in many of these books you'll find sound wisdom and the roots of many of our care and training methods. In some cases, you may learn how not to do things. You'll also find a sprinkling of horse fiction and memoirs that are just fun to read and provide an interesting glimpse into the days when horses played a much larger part in our lives.
The Kobo Store has free horse books, and many available for purchase as well. You’ll find some fiction, and many older titles on horse training, horse care and riding. Many, but not all of these are from project Gutenburg, and were written in the mid to late 1800s’. They provide an interesting look at the horse world, when horses were an important mode of transportation. The benefit of getting books through Kobo Books, rather than through Project Guttenburg is that they are optimized for the features available on your Kobo Reader
. Some notable finds that I’ve uploaded to my Kobo Reader are:
2. Kindle eBooks
The Kindle eBook store is similar to the Kobo Store and many of the same selections can be found. These ebooks are optimized for the Kindle readers
and can't be read by many other types of ereaders. Of course the Amazon store is packed with fiction and non-fiction horse books to buy, but there are some free cool finds too:
Project Gutenburg is a great resource for all types of books and there are many fiction and non-fiction titles available as ebooks and audio books
. (I like these for listening to when I'm driving.) Some of my favorites include.
The Internet Archive that includes the Wayback Machine
, has been archiving websites since 1996, and also building a digital library, drawing on many different library sources of electronic texts. You'll find many of the same books here that you will on Project Gutenburg and more, since the collections include texts from many different Canadian and American libraries, universities and cultural collections. One of the most notable collections for horse lovers is the John A. Seaverns Equine Collection
. The texts of about 1500 books available
are drawn from the 6600 book collection that covers every aspect of horse care
, breaking, racing
, hunting, military training, driving and horse drawn vehicles, veterinary practice and law. I also downloaded:
5. Your Local Library
Many local libraries offer services such as Libraries on the Go, Ebesco and Pulse that allow patrons to check out ebooks just as they would a physical library. On the Ebsco Host I found recently written books on horse care, breeds of the world, improving equine fitness and horse safety
to name just a few. Other library ebook resources offer many fiction and non-fiction titles.