The maximum speed recorded for a galloping horse is 43 miles per hour, making it one of the ten fastest mammals on earth!



Kids’ Artwork from the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Kentucky. Are you an artist? See how you can submit your work for possible posting in their online gallery! Either use their coloring sheet or create your own original art.

Horse Crossword from the International Museum of the Horse. Need help with the horse-related words in the puzzle? Check out their glossary. Check your answers.

Know Your Horse Terms! from the International Museum of the Horse. Try your hand at finding all the horse terms in this criss-cross puzzle. Check your answers.


Some books below may be eBooks or audiobooks. Get help with downloadable books or ask a librarian or parent for help.

FICTION


The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
A boy and a magnificent black stallion are the only survivors of a shipwreck. Will Alec and the stallion ever make it off the island?

Classic Horse Stories compiled by Christina Rossetti Darling
Selections from great books about horses. Includes artwork from many famous illustrators.

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
A boy and his intelligent, talking horse share a dangerous journey to Narnia to find their freedom, and to warn of a coming invasion. This is the third book in the series The Chronicles of Narnia, but may be read on its own.

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
This Newbery Medal winner is the fictionalized life story of the Godolphin Arabian, a real horse from history and one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed.

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
A brave horse recalls his adventures as an army horse in a world war, and his reunion with the master he loved.

NON-FICTION


4-H Guide to Training Horses by Nathan Bowers
The 4-H organization involves kids in learning activities, and sometimes those activities involve horses. Here’s their guide to training a horse! (For information on local 4-H, go to the Montgomery County 4-H website)

For Horse-Crazy Girls Only : Everything You Want to Know about Horses by Christina Wilsdon
Horse care, horse jokes, horse movies, horse clothes! This book has a lot of really useful info, and a great collection of trivia, too.

Goliath: Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire by Claudia Friddell
The story of the horse whose incredible service pulling a fire-wagon made him a true hero in 1904.

Horse by Juliet Clutton-Brock
Covering everything from horse history to racing to breeds around the world, this is a DK Eyewitness book, full of great photographs!

Horse Crazy! : 1,001 Fun Facts, Craft Projects, Games, Activities, and Know-How for Horse-Loving Kids by Jessie Haas
Projects, tips, stories and lists all about horses!

The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia by Sandy Ransford
With great illustrations, this books is packed with information about horses and riding them.

Life on a Horse Farm by Judy Wolfman
Sarah Mills’ family raises racehorses! Read Sarah’s own book about daily life on their farm.

Riding School : Learn How to Ride at a Real Riding School by Catherine Saunders
Read how both boys and girls learn riding at an equestrian center, with plenty of photographs of the action!



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PLAYAWAY and CD BOOKS


Black Beauty by Anna Sewell [Playaway]
Here is the well-loved "autobiography of a horse," told from Black Beauty’s point of view. Listening time: about 5 ½ hours. (See the movie listed below.)

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry [CD Book]
When the Phantom and her colt are rounded up in the famous annual auction of wild island ponies, Paul and Maureen are determined to win one of them. Listening time: about 2 hours.

Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff [CD Book]
12-year-old Lidie moves from Brazil to New York to live with her dad, who owns a stable, and her brother, who is training to be a jockey. At the same time, a new horse called Wild Girl arrives at the stable. Lidie & Wild Girl learn together how to cope in their new home. Listening time: about 3 hours.

MAGAZINES


Young Rider
Facts, photos, and fun stuff about horses and ponies, and information on riding and grooming.

MOVIES


Black Beauty (DVD)
Black Beauty tells his own story of luxury, hardship and everything in between. This is based on the famous book, available as a Playaway above.

The Black Stallion (DVD)
When young Alec Ramsay and a wild stallion are cast adrift after a ship-wreck, they help each other survive on a desolate island. Read the book by Walter Farley!

Horse (DVD)
From DK Eyewitness, this short movie explores the history and varieties of horses, and the links between horses and humankind.

Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron (DVD)
The animated story of Spirit, a mustang stallion struggling to remain free in the old West.



Horse Ears by Ting and Mallory from PBS Kids Go!
Enjoy the video about the Junior Equestrian Team, and see the science fair experiment they did to see if a Ting got different reactions from horses depending on the fake horse ears she wore!

Sarah: Equestrian from PBS Kids Go!
Read what Sarah has to say about why she loves competing in equestrian events, and link to a page explaining equestrian terms.

Breeds and Types of Horse from Equiworld Horse Magazine
With pictures and information about lots of breeds, this site includes ponies, too!