The Horse Encyclopedia

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Penguin, 2016 M11 29 - 360 pages

From tiny ponies to heavy draught horses and rapid thoroughbreds, explore the history and variety of this noble animal that helped shape human history.

A stunning celebration of the equine world, The Horse Encyclopedia is a fully illustrated book about horses and ponies, featuring over 150 breeds and types, including all those recognized by national horse societies.

First domesticated around 6000 years ago, horses rapidly became invaluable to humans. They pulled chariots and plows, and became essential to transport and war. In this comprehensive volume, you will discover breeds from all over the world, from imposing Shires whose ancestors carried knights in chainmail into battle, to thoroughbreds bred to run like the wind and Lipizzanas that can execute exquisite dressage moves such as the capriole where they jump with all four feet off the ground.

The Horse Encyclopedia gives concise details of each breed, including its origins and anatomy, as well as famous individuals such as Secretariat, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all.

This dazzling guide also includes expert advice on horse care, feeding and grooming, and horse health, making this a truly wonderful gift for all horse riders and equine enthusiasts.

 

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Contents

The horse family 8
8
Asses donkeys mules and hinnies 12
12
The skeleton 14
14
Muscle structure 16
16
Gaits 18
18
Body systems 20
20
Markings and coat colors 22
22
The senses 24
24
Developing breeds and types 44
44
3 CATALOG OF BREEDS AND TYPES
47
Heavy horses 48
49
Lighter horses 90
91
Ponies 244
245
4 CARE AND MANAGEMENT
329
A balanced diet 330
330
Pasture management 334
334

Behavior and communication 26
26
Reproduction 28
28
2 HORSES AND HUMANS
31
Domestication 32
32
The horse in war 36
36
Riding as art 38
38
Horses in legend and culture 40
40
The working horse 42
42
Stables and stable management 336
336
Grooming and care 340
340
Signs of good health 344
344
Equine health 346
346
GLOSSARY 348
348
INDEX 352
352
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 358
358
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