Welcome to Knight Equestrian Books
We are all about horses! We have Books and DVDs for every equine interest, fiction and non-fiction, for children and adults. Knight Equestrian Books has been serving the needs of horse enthusiasts since 1987, at our bookstore in Maine, on the road at shows and, since 1996, on the Internet.
We have collected books and DVDs from around the world to help you care for and train horses, teach riders, and master new riding skills – from dressage to driving, from eventing to endurance riding, and from trail riding to team penning. Or, maybe you like stories about horses – we have those, too.
Browse by subject, use the search engine, or contact us at (207) 882-5494 or ‘help at knightbooks.com’ and we’ll assist you to find what you are looking for. And do check our new Blog for the latest happenings and arrivals at the bookstore.
If you're traveling this direciton, come visit our store near Boothbay Harbor in picturesque Edgecomb, Maine. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 pm EST. We keep our own horses close by and they love company. Mention the word "Carrot!" and they'll come running!
NEW ARRIVALs Summer 2014
101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider
If you've gotten curious about this new Western Dressage discipline, Jec Ballou's 101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider should be your first stop. The book includes mounted and ground work for the horse, as well as mounted exercises to help riders.
Jec's background in classical training of dressage horses is founded on an understanding of horse and rider biomechanics. The exercises she offers extend your horse's skills beyond those he has already mastered, helping you develop him gymnastically, so that he swings softly through his back, pushes and flexes from his hindquarters, and accepts a light contact. You can't achieve balance, straightness and symmetry in your horse by pushing and cranking: it comes from careful development of his muscles so he can carry himself with that balance.
Jec Ballou takes the mystery out of this seemingly elitist discipline. With 101 Western Dressage Exercises, she offers a key to unlock why this classical training, or "dressage," is such a sound system for developing any horse's physical abilities, whether he's a long-legged warmblood or a solid Quarter Horse.
Code: 5762 Price: $29.95 Click Here to Order.
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BARN SALE!July List
Spirit of the Performance Horse: Photographs & Written Reflections
Lavish photographs, both at national horse shows and at farms across the country, make this book special. The text includes brief histories and descriptions of Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, and Combined Driving, as well as personal profiles of renowned individuals in each sport.
This is a book to browse through, linger over and enjoy.
Code: SAL43933 Price: $34.95
Barn Sale Price: $10.00
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BESTSELLER LISTSummer 2014
Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse: Riding Through the Levels on the Peculiar, Opinionated, Complicated Mounts We All Love
International dressage judge, clinician, and riding coach Janet Foy has ridden many different horses – different sizes, shapes, colors, and breeds – to the highest levels of dressage competition, and now she has compiled her best tips for training and showing in one highly enjoyable book. Her expertise, good stories and good humor are destined to bring out the best in dressage riders and their "not-so-perfect" horses everywhere.
After addressing each level of the Training Scale and demonstrating the interrelatedness of the steps, Foy shows how we should use this knowledge on our particular horse - be he hot, lazy, high-necked, spooky, etc. It's all so down to earth! For example, for Suppleness, energy initiates in the hind legs and must transfer smoothly over the croup, to the loin (a bridge and source of the horse's elasticity), forward to the neck, and down both sides of the neck to the contact with the mouth. More...
Code: 5576 Price: $32.95 Click here to order.
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Independent eReaders for Independent Readers
Whether your choice is print or e-Ink, Knight Equestrian Books is here to help. As an Independent Bookstore and member of the American Booksellers Association, we’re excited to have partnered with Kobo to bring you the best in eReading!
Kobo offers over 3 million eBook titles - including best sellers, some great equestrian titles, and all those books for the non-horsey parts of your life. The brand is well established world wide (just ask our Canadian neighbors!). Books can be downloaded instantly over WiFi, making it the ultimate in convenience. Take your library with you wherever you go – Kobo eReaders store up to 1,000 eBooks!
Learn more about Kobo Glo - Code: 5635 Price: $129.99
Or set up your free Kobo account on our website, and then download the Kobo app to start reading on your smartphone, computer or tablet.
We've picked through for our favorites in the major sections of the bookstore "Herd" (Training, Horsekeeping, Dressage, Western, etc.), and listed them in the Shopping area.
We've added an in depth article about books on Ground Work & Play, which joins those on Rider Fitness and Schooling, to help you choose which titles might work best for you. Watch for more articles in the future.
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