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Free online books about taking care of horses, horsemanship, riding horses, caring for dogs and cats.

Horses & Horsemanship



Horses & Horsemanship

Caring for Horses Collection

Nearly 50 free online books about horses and ponies, including caring for them, riding, horsemanship and necessary equipment. Some books: Complete Encyclopedia of Horses, Caring for My Horse, Draft Horses, The Horselover’s Handbook, The Joy of Horses, Pony Games, Horse and Pony Care, The New Rider’s Encyclopedia, Horse Handling & Grooming, Buying and Looking After Your First Horse, Saddlery and Horse Equipment, Ultimate Book of the Horse and Rider, many more.

Horsemanship Collection

Over 300 free online books at Internet Archive about riding horses, horsemanship, ponies, saddlery, veterinarian care for horses, and similar topics. Some Books: How to Ride and Jump Your Best, Better Riding, The Horseman’s Etiquette Book, An Illustrated Guide to Riding, Horseback Riding, Intermediate Riding Skills, Horsemanship, Horse Riding Manual, many more.

The Green Guide for Horse Owners and Riders: sustainable practices for horse care, stable management, land use, and riding

Cook, Heather
Storey 2009 Dewey Dec. 636.1

The Green Guide for Horse Owners and Riders takes a clear look at current horse-care practices and provides green alternatives for day-to-day horsekeeping – both for the property owner who keeps dozens of horses and for the rider who rents a stall in someone else’s barn.
Property owners will find extensive information on building and renovating barns that use environmentally friendly materials, fit well into surrounding ecosystems, and work best with available water resources and prevailing weather conditions. All horsekeepers will appreciate the chapters that address the constant challenges of responsible pasture rotation and manure management.
There is plenty here for the concerned rider, too. From avoiding toxins in feed, fly sprays, cleaning products, and medicines to practicing good trail-riding etiquette, anyone who spends time with horses will find simple and rewarding ways to be kinder to the earth.
Author Heather Cook gives readers countless ideas for lowering the impact horses and horsekeeping facilities have on the surrounding environment.

The American Farmer’s Horse Book

A Pictorial Cyclopedia of Facts Concerning the Prominent Breeds, Principles of Breeding, Best Methods of Training, Stable Management, General Care etc. With specific directions how to buy and how to sell, including a series of invaluable object-lessons on conformations, points of the horse, and how to detect unsoundness or vice, and especially describing all known diseases to which the horse is subject

Darling, Andrew
Journal of Agriculture 1892 Dewey Dec. 636.1

The Complete Book of the Horse

Foster, Carol
Barnes & Noble 1994 Dewey Dec. 636.1

A guide to horse-riding and ownership aimed at both beginners and the more experienced horse enthusiast. There is advice on buying a horse, stable management, grooming, exercise and health as well as detailed descriptions of popular riding breeds.
Contents: Buying a horse — Stable management — Veterinary care — Eventing — Showjumping — Dressage — Hunting — Western riding — Long distance riding — Showing — Side-saddle — Driving

The Horse Book; a Practical Treatise on the American Horse Breeding Industry as Allied to the Farm

Johnstone, James Hope Stewart
Sanders 1908 Dewey Dec. 636.1

Practical work on the breeding and managing of work horses, including saddle and pony breeds. Discusses and illustrates the leading types. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911

First-hand Bits of Stable Lore

Ware, Francis M.
Little, Brown 1903 Dewey Dec. 636.1

Chapter headings: 1. Purchase and Preliminaries, 2. As to “Soundness”, 3. Stabling and Stables, 4. Stable Management, 5. Condition and Conditioning, 6. The “Green” or Unacclimated Horse and His Care, 7. The Horse’s Education, 8. Mouths and manners, 9. The Foot and its Treatment, 10. The Appointment Fad, 11. The Saddle-Horse, 12. The Hunter and His Education, 13. The Steeplechaser and His Schooling, 14. Riding for Beginners, 15. Four-in-Hand Driving, 16. Coaching and its Accompaniments, 17. Management of a Pack of Hounds, 18. Showing Horses


Caring for Dogs Collection

Over 100 free online modern books about dogs. Most concern caring for dogs and puppies. Also included are care for aging dogs, home remedies for dog problems, and caring for shelter dogs. There are many books about raising dogs of particular breeds.

Dogs – Training Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Dogs – Training. Some books: Canine Boot Camp, Dog Tricks for Dummies, Housetraining Your Dog, The ABCs of Positive Training, Training the Mature Dog, Practical Training for Big Dogs, many more.

Dog Breeds Collection

About 160 free online books on the topic “dog breeds”. They include many ‘encyclopedias’ of the dog world, guides for dog-owning and dog-buying, books about caring for dogs or puppies, and a few for particular breeds.

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Women Dog Owners Collection

About 75 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Women Dog Owners”. The majority of these are works of fiction.

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The Proper Care of Dogs

Burris, Christopher
T.F.H. 2000 Dewey Dec. 636.7

The Proper Care of Dogs is a concise guide to all aspects of dog care and ownership. Topics include selection, owner responsibility, training, housebreaking, nutrition and feeding.

Training your Dog

Fogle, Bruce
DK 2003 Dewey Dec. 636.7

Understanding your dog — Early learning — Rewards & discipline — Training tactics — Training equipment — Indoor training — Outdoor training — Canine games — Advanced training — Retraining — Behavioral problems

The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care

Larkin, Peter and Stockman, Mike
Hermes House 2005 Dewey Dec. 636.7

A comprehensive visual guide to more than 180 breeds from all over the world. Everything you need to know about dogs, from choosing a breed to grooming, feeding and exercise is described in full detail, and there is a step-by-step guidance through basic first aid and training. Descriptions of each dog’s temperament will help you choose the right dog for you and your family.

Dogs and All About Them

Leighton, Robert
Cassell 1910 Dewey Dec. 636.7

Official kennel-club descriptions of fifty different breeds, with suggestions on breeding, care and treatment of common ailments. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911


Cats Collection

A search for “cats” in the Internet Archive modern book collection resulted in 2,800 ‘hits’. Most appear to be non-fiction, published over the past 30-40 years. They cover nearly every possible topic regarding cats. Some books: How to Have a Happy Cat, Catlore, Understanding your Cat, Complete Guide to Cat Care, Behavior and Health, Do Cats Need Shrinks?, Your Cat: owner’s manual, Cats in Fact & Legend, many more.