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9 equestrian coffee table books - for the love of horses

Autumn and then winter is upon us and for many people, it often equates to more time spent indoors. And what better way to use the hours of rain pouring down or maybe even snow than to curl up on the couch with a blanket, a warm cup of tea or coffee, and a good book. Preferably a beautiful one about horses.

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Stables: Beautiful Paddocks, Horse Barns, and Tack Rooms

Being a horse owner typically means that you spend a lot of time in the stable. And who wouldn´t like it to be a nice and well-kept place. The book “Stables: Beautiful paddocks, horse barns, and tack rooms” is filled with lots of great inspiration for beautiful stables and paddocks that you can be inspired by or dream of.

Text: Kathryn Masson, Photography: Paul Rocheleau, Amazon.com

Wild: The Legendary Horses of Stable Island

This book pays homage to the wild horses that live on Stable Island. Stable Island is a small island off Nova Scotia. About 500 wild horses live here, and the talented, award-winning photographer Drew Doggett has captured over 100 amazing images of them. The book gives you a unique insight into the life of the horses on this island, and the pictures are so stunning you will have a hard time taking your eyes off them again.

Text and photography: Drew Doggett, Drewdoggett.com

The Stylish Life: Equestrian

A life with horses offers many different things. This book takes a closer look at some of the parts of equestrian sports that have managed to take the whole world by storm. With images ranging from large, international competitions to how equestrian sports have inspired the world of fashion.

Author: Vicky Moon, thebookdepository.com

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Bob Langrish’s World of Horses

This book with the subtitle “A Master Photographer’s Lifelong Quest to Capture the Most Magnificent Horses in The World” is a collection of photographer Bob Langrish's many images of horses around the world. He has traveled around six continents in an attempt to capture these wild images. Therefore, the book contains incredibly beautiful pictures of horses in many different environments, from deserts to cities.

Text: Jane Holderness-Roddam, Photography: Bob Langrish, Amazon.com

Equestrian Life: From Riding Houses to Country Estates

This lovely book is filled with beautiful and amazing pictures of farms and horse estates in England, Scotland, and Ireland. Traditional stables and farms take you into a unique environment. The book pays homage to a life with horses and a more "distinguished" life in the country.

Text: Lavinia Branca Snyder, Photography: Mark Roscams, Amazon.com

Equus

All equine people can agree that horses are some very beautiful creatures - both inside and out. The beauty of horses is exactly what the talented photographer Tim Flach has captured on camera for the book Equus. Tim Flach is an animal photographer with an interest in the way humans shape animals and shape their meaning while exploring the role of imagery in fostering an emotional connection. Bringing to life the complexity of the animal kingdom, his work ranges widely across species, united by a distinctive stylization reflecting an interest in how we better connect people to the natural world.

The book is filled with pictures of many different horse breeds, and each encapsulates its uniqueness.

Photographer: Tim Flach, Amazon.co.uk

The Horse Encyclopedia

Are you new to the horse world? Are you having a hard time finding your way around it all? Then this book is for you. From tiny ponies to heavy draft horses and speedy thoroughbreds, horses are among the most influential animals in human history. The Horse Encyclopedia explores the evolution and anatomy of the horse and its place in history, art, and culture.  
Gorgeous photography of horse breeds worldwide is accompanied by knowledgeable text describing the origins, history, and characteristics of a definitive list of horses and ponies.

Author: Elwyn Hartley Edwards, Amazon.com

Horses: Portraits by Derry Moore

There are many ways to keep horses around the world, and the culture surrounding the horse varies a lot. This is the focus of this book, which is full of pictures that portray the culture around horseback riding in different parts of the world.

Photography: Derry Moore, Nhbs.com

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The Sporting Horse: In Pursuit of Equine Excellence

Exhibiting grace and poise as they master the intricate movements of dressage; galloping like the wind at more than thirty miles per hour; soaring over huge competition fences; running tirelessly across every type of terrain – horses are simply stunning athletes. From dressage to polo, snow sports to carriage driving, steeple chasing to barrel racing, the book reveals how horse and rider work as one to achieve sporting excellence.

Author: Nicola Jane Swinney, Photography: Bob Langrish, Amazon.com

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