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!
shopping site closing January 31, 2015!
Please NOTE: As we have announced on Facebook and in our blog, after December, KnightBooks will stop hosting an online inventory of our stock, and customers will no longer be able to place orders on line. While the physical Maine store will remain open, anyone wishing to order will need to call or mail their requests to us. Yes, we are a casualty of the current book economy, but it's more that we can't compete with folks with in-house IT departments. Security is vital to us, and that has become an unsustainable cost. We're still here - just in a retro 20th century fashion...
If you see something that catches your interest, we're still here. Drop us a note, or call us to place an order.
Thanks for a good run! It's been fun!
NEW ARRIVALs September 2014
When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics
The quotes back cover of When Two Spines Align are penned by a who's who of the dressage world. Even George Morris sings praise for its value in giving all riders an understanding of schooling flatwork. Yet, the book is also totally accessible to mere mortals!
Dressage Today editor Beth Baumert has fused into one fluid, clear vehicle what she has absorbed from years of study and discussion with some of the best trainers, coaches and judges -- from Sally Swift to Reiner Klimke -- names too numerous to list.
Take a good dose of Centered Riding -- visualization and centering -- add some Classical Training Scale, and assemble a book that explains how both the rider and the horse work in any given exercise. Go beyond the visualizing cues with step-by-step exercises, as you work through balance, straightness, impulsion, collection, and so much more. It's laced with excellent photo examples of movements, and diagrams to help you understand what's happening.
Trust me. Even those far below the lofty heights of dressage will both understand and benefit from this book. And when Axel Steiner can say that "it clarified some subjects even for me," this is a tool for all!
Code: 5778 Price: $34.95
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BARN SALE!July List
Downunder Horsemanship: Establishing Respect & Control for Eastern & Western Riders
Here is a clear, very organized explanation of renowned trainer, Clinton Anderson's methods. It is a safety first, step by step training program that establishes a respectful, enjoyable horse and rider relationship. He takes us through progressive exercises, first on the ground, and then under saddle (but not before covering the basics of saddling, bridling, impulsion cues and considerations, and tips on how long to ride).
All the exercises build on each other, and are thoroughly explained by listing: Tools Needed, the Goals, Why are we doing it, Teaching Steps, Common Handler Mistakes, Common Horse Mistakes, Troubleshooting, and Tips for Success.
Code: SAL44296 Price: $29.95
Barn Sale Price: $15.00
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
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Lendon's Dressage4Kids 2015!
Kids participating in Lendons Youth Dressage Festival - check out your 2015 Required Reading List!
After December 31st, 2014, we will happily fill your discounted orders by phone or mail. Please contact us with any questions.
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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