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Top 10 Horses In Literature

Top 10 Horses In Literature

These top 10 horses in literature embody the majesty, strength, beauty, and faithfulness of the horse. Equestrians and general horse lovers should get to know these best horses from books.

1. Black Beauty from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

The ultimate horse book, Black Beauty, which has sold over 50 million copies worldwide, is also acclaimed for teaching readers about animal welfare issues.

2. The Black Stallion from The Black Stallion by Walter Farley


A boy, a wild horse, and a deserted island. What’s not to love?

3. Artax from The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

His slow, sinking death in a quicksand swamp in the movie version traumatized millions of children, even if he came back to life. Artax, in the book version, is the color green and can also talk.

4. Flicka from My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara

This sweet and spirited mustang befriends a troubled boy named Ken.

5. Seabiscuit from Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

This nonfiction book documents the life of Seabiscuit, a “crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail,” and the three men who changed his fortunes.

6. Misty from Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

The author Marguerite Henry wrote an extensive collection based on the true stories of horses and other animals. One of her literary horse creations, however, stands out from the crowd: Misty, a darling foal, whom young readers adored and was the star of a feature film.

7. Joey from War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Not for the faint of heart, Joey must endure the horrors of war.

8. The Houyhnhnms from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Along his journeys Gulliver encounters this entire race of intelligent, peaceful, talking horses.

9. Rocinante from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Rocinante (“former old nag” in Spanish) is not a pretty nor a young horse, however he is considered one of the most memorable horses from classic literature.

10. The Trojan Horse from The Odyssey by Homer


Not technically a living horse, we can’t leave out The Trojan Horse, a giant wooden horse used by the Greeks during the Trojan War to enter the city of Troy and win the war.

Check out the best dogs in literature, the best cats in literature, and the best dragons in literature. Get to know these top 10 pigs in literature. Or hop on over to the best rabbits in literature. You will be a-mazed by these top rodents in literature. Slither over to the best snakes in literature. These top 10 goats in literature are the G.O.A.T.

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