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The horse encyclopedia


‘The Horse Encyclopedia’ is a fully illustrated look at all the major horses and pony breeds and types, from the ponies of Dartmoor to the American mustang. Packed with photographs of horse breeds from around the world, this book is the definitive guide to the evolution, anatomy, and origins of each horse breed and its place in history, art and culture. The book also documents famous individual horses, as well as iconic owners, riders, and breeders, paying homage to equestrian history.

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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 ploughs, and became essential to transport and war. In this comprehensve 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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Weight 1.887 kg
Dimensions 28.9 × 24.2 × 2.9 cm










636.1003 (edition:23)


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