Horse Books to Read For Black History Month

Happy Black History Month!

I wanted to do a book recommendation list for Black History Month that was horse themed.

So here they are. I will preface that I haven’t read all of these. I picked some based on reviews, recommendation, and scholarship.

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Sergeant Reckless

Sometimes you find yourself in the right place at the right time. This happened at Breyerfest 2019. I can’t remember where I was coming from nor my final destination, but I found myself near the indoor warm up arena. I saw a few waiting Civil War Union dressed horses and riders.

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I turned around and saw servicemen leading a black horse.

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A chestnut mare with military attire appeared and I stayed as they maneuvered the two horses for a photo op.

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During the photo op a few people mentioned going to the Sergeant Reckless statue for pictures and I found myself joining the small entourage. Robin Hutton, the author of Sergeant Reckless, was a part of the group. Silly me forgot to bring my copy of the book to Breyerfest!

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It was slow moving because people wanted to take photos with the mare. She was adorable, so why wouldn’t you? It gave me a chance to take pictures of her tack.

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You can never have too many reference photos.

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Eventually we made it to our destination. The Kentucky Horse Park unveiled their statue of Sergeant Reckless in 2018. The Kentucky Horse Park isn’t the only place to have a sculpture of the mare. Susan Bensema Young of Timaru Star II saw another statue in Virginia.

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Not Sergeant Reckless posed next to the statue.

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A Sgt. Reckless blanket was brought out and more photos ensued.

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I’m happy I was in the right place at the right time to take these photos!

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