By Paige Brandon
When I am not on a horse, working or going to school, my life is surrounded by books. They are the best companion for long road trips to rodeos or to read while on the trail. They travel with you everywhere and never need an internet connection. I have created a list of inspiring books for cowgirls to read on your drive to your next rodeo.
- Never Ask a Man the Size of His Spread: A Cowgirl’s Guide to Life by Gladiola Montana. A collection of advice and words of wisdom for cowgirls to live by.
- Cowgirl Confessions by Amy C. Witt. A collection of poems created to inspire the cowgirl in us all.
- Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business and Life by Gay Gaddis. A guide on focusing your power based on the cowgirl heroines from the 1920s and 1930s.
- Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The story of four unlikely partners coming together to bring up a world champion racehorse.
- The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts. The amazing story of a sale horse becoming one of the best jumping horses in history.
- One Hundred and Four Horses by Mandy Retzlaff. The powerful story of saving 104 horses after a family was exiled from their home and country.
- Unbranded by Ben Masters. The journey of four cowboys riding mustangs over 3,000 miles.
- A Girl and Five Brave Horses by Sonora Carver. The autobiography of a girl that dived horses for entertainment.
- The Horse God Built by Lawrence Scanlan. The legendary story of Secretariat through the eyes of his groomer, Eddie Sweat.
- Bedside Book of Bad Girls: Outlaw Women of the American West by Michael Rutter. A collection of stories of the female outlaws that made up the American West.
- True Grit by Charles Portis. The fictional story created by Charles Portis that follows a young girl who wants to find the man that kills her father.
- The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss. The fictional story of a cowgirl going to the American West to break horses in a cowboy-filled environment.
- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. A fictional story portraying the life of a horse in World War I, through the eyes of the horse, himself.
- Man O’ War by Walter Farley. The incredible story of Man O’ War, the horse that set the racing records before Secretariat.
- Cowgirl Up!: A History of Rodeo Women by Heidi Thomas. The inspiring tales and stories of cowgirls in the mid-1900s.