Wild About Horses: Our Timeless Passion for the Horse

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Harper Collins, Nov 13, 2001 - Nature - 352 pages

The human love affair with horses is an ancient and far-reaching one. Moving effortlessly from history to literature, from science to sport, from anecdote to personal experience, Lawrence Scanlan sets out to discover the essence of our powerful, almost mystical attraction to this noble creature. Scanlan covers a wide territory: from the mythic horses of cultures long past to the real-life whisperers of today, to the timeless wild mustangs still roaming the Great Plains.

As he touches on each aspect of the equine-human bond, Scanlan makes perfect sense of "horse fever" -- that curious affliction that has been known to strike both the seasoned professional and the rider who has galloped only in his or her dreams. Written in lyrical prose with wit, humor, and an eye for drama, meticulously researched and complemented by fifty compelling black-and-white photographs, Wild About Horses addresses our need to know everything we can about the horse.


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WILD ABOUT HORSES: Our Timeless Passion for the Horse

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Scanlan (Riding High, not reviewed, etc.) asks, just what is horse fever, and why are so many held in its grip? In this ranging and light-footed history, he comes as close to an answer as anyone is ... Read full review

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Scanlan, who has published two books about horses in Canada, explores the cultural significance of our love of horses from various perspectives that range from the historical to the mythological ... Read full review


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LAWRENCE SCANLAN, based in Kingston, Ontario, worked with Monty Roberts on his New York Times bestseller, The Man Who Listens to Horses, and he is the author of nine books about horses, including The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World’s Greatest Racehorse.

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