Oh, your eyes are just fine! It really is “fantastical horse novels”. I could have gone with YA high fantasy, or strong female characters, or blue covers. But come one, that would have been boring! Why not talk about something out of the ordinary?
Dreams or Demons by Eleanor Jones
An eerie forest and a banned witch coming back from the grave to haunt the dreams of a girl and her horse, dreams that become all too real, threatening their lives. Together with her new friend, Laura devises a plan to chase off the dark spirit.
The Enchanted Horse by Magdalen Nabb
A sweet and rather short Christmassy novel about a girl falling in love with a wooden horse which turns real and whisks her away on magical journeys.
Freedom -aka- A Horse Called Fredom (Freedom, #1) by Angela Dorsey
One of my favourites: The barn at Jani’s new home is haunted by Freedom, the spirit of a wild mare who was horribly abused in her lifetime. Now Jani wants to set her free. The other novels in this trilogy are also enjoyable but by far not as good as the first one. It also reads perfectly as a standalone since it was written that way.
The Green Horse Hotel (Green Horse Hotel, #1) by Isolde Pullum
Jenna and her parents purchase an old estate and turn it into a hotel. The novel really has it all: horses, boys, the perks and downsides of living and working at a hotel, humour, action, a mystery, and a ghost. The other two novels in this trilogy are also a lot of fun!
Hoofbeats in the Dark by Pamela Kavanagh
Another one of my favourites: Emma moves to an old estate but her new home seems haunted. There’s one problem after the other which threatens the existence of her parents’ therapy centre. By chance, Emma is whisked away to the past at random moments. Over time, present and past seem to blur and it becomes a race against time to save her new friends in the past and solve the mysteries of the present.
Swift Current (Horse Guardian/Horse Angel, #4) by Angela Dorsey
The books in this series are told from three point of views: the main character of each book, which is the girl connected to the horses in question; Angelica, the guardian of horses who provides the supernatural element; and the respective enemy. Representing the whole series is my favourite instalment: Strange things happen on the farm of Ali and her mum, things that endanger the lives of its inhabitants. Together with Angelica, Ali has to find the culprit before anyone is seriously injured. The ending is so so sad.
The Secret of Wild Horse Island by Jane Ayres
During a storm, the boulder in which the spirit of an evil druid is bound breaks. The spirit posesses Taz’s favourite stallion of the wild horses on the island. During an eclipse, the two stallions on the isle, possessed by the forces of good and evil, battle for dominion.
Taladinn by Pamela Kavanagh
Ceri visits her sister who works at a successful riding stable. However, there’s something eerie about the place and Ceri finds out that there’s more to the mysterious legend of Taladinn, the phantom horse who’s bad luck, than meets the eye.
Tears for a Tall Horse (Swallowbridge, #3) by Anne Wigley
Another favourite: Anna has to move away from her beloved riding stable and her pony because her mother has taken the job as a carer for a young, sickly girl living on a vast estate. Anna hates her new life but when she finds an abandoned horse in poor condition, she decides it’s her purpose to find its owner. And then there’s the mystery of the weeping girl haunting her new home, leading to a startling discovery …
Twilight Horses (Twilight Horses, #1) by Emma Raven
Probably my absolute favourite of these ten: Salma’s parents have bought an old hostel they want to turn into a bakery. Soon, she befriends her neighbours who run a training stable for stunt horses. But suddenly, things get out of hand: the machines act up, doors slam, the earth quakes and there’s the noise of a horse in terror haunting the forest … I remember the first time I read it, I was constantly freaked out. It’s so deliciously creepy! Plus, the characters, the setting, and the plot are just awesome. I can’t recommend it highly enough!