The New Encyclopedia of the Horse

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Dk Pub, 2000 - Nature - 464 pages
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In this superb expanded and updated volume, equestrian expert Elwyn Hartley Edwards traces the evolution of the horse, covering every major breed of horse and pony as well as the contribution the horse has made to civilization -- in the wild, at work, at war, and in sport and recreation. Chronicling the history of the horse, The New Encyclopedia of the Horse encompasses the early domestication of the horse. This expanded edition features new information on Western riding as well as classical riding styles, and current international sporting events. There are also completely new chapters on horse management, training, and equipment. Visual Breed Guide: There are more than 150 of the world's major breeds of horse and pony photographed in specially commissioned full-figure portraits as well as hundreds of action shots. The origin, history, and uses of each breed are explained, and each breed is brought to life by historical anecdotes and fascinating, little-known facts. Outstanding specimens of familiar as well as obscure breeds are featured, including Dutch Warmbloods and Camargues, Icelandic and Timor Ponies, Morgans and Shetlands, Andalucian and Lusitano, and the Cutting Horse. Brand New Chapters: The new sections on horse management, training, and equipment explain the basics of the proper care of the horse. Information is also included on farriers, feeding, grooming, horse behavior, training techniques, and which equipment to use, including saddles, bridles, and bits. Truly encyclopedic in scope, this is the essential reference for every horse lover.

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User Review  - darlineh -

Really nice encyclopedia. Heavy book will last a really long time. Lots of nice color fullpg pictures. My 10 year old grdtr is a horse lover and really enjoys the horse historytype information in this book. Would also be a nice coffee table book. Read full review



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Elwyn Hartley Edwards was editor of Riding magazine for 18 years and consultant editor of Horse and Hound for five years. Contributing regularly to a number of journals and magazines, he is the author of over 30 books on the subject of horses and ponies, including Dorling Kindersley's The Ultimate Horse Book. Elwyn's lifelong interests have been the history of man's relationship with the horse, and the training of horses and riders. He lectures extensively and regularly judges at shows internationally, visiting India, a country with which he has long-standing family connections, each year. Formerly a member of the Council of the British Horse Society, he was presented with the BHS Award of Merit in 1993.

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