Majesty of the Horse: An Illustrated History - HB
InformationFrom the authors of 30,000 YEARS OF THE HORSE IN ART.
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Code: 9780764164163ISBN: 9780764164163Format: HardbackPages: 285 pagesCountry of Origin: USAPublisher: Barron'sAge Group: GeneralSize: 24 x 30 cms
Horses have played a central role in human societies for millennia, and this magnificently written and beautifully illustrated volume celebrates that long, eventful history.It pays homage not only to the physical splendor of the horse--its grace, beauty, strength, and adaptability--but also to its remarkable diversity.
Equestrian specialist Tamsin Pickeral traces the evolution of many different horse breeds from the dawn of written history to the present day. Separate chapters are devoted to;
THE ANCIENT WORLD: the nomadic horse peoples of the Eurasian steppes, the Gotland Pony, used by the Goths as chariot horses, the Camargue, an ancient working breed that was taken into Spain by the Romans, and many more.
FROM THE EAST: Mongolian stocks, the influence of Ghengis Khan, the introduction of polo, the spread of the Arabian horse breed, and more.
THE WAR HORSE: the rise of the heavy cavalry horse, Charles Martel and the influence of the Crusades on horse breeding, the Spanish and Portuguese originators of horse-riding cowboys, the horse in the Napoleonic wars, and more
THE NEW WORLD: the horse's arrival in South America, brought in by the Spanish, a nd the subsequent development of American breeds
RACING HUNTING AND SPORTS HORSES: Racing thoroughbreds, Irish hunters, Holsteins, Australian breeds, and more
HARNESS HORSES, CARRIAGE DRIVING AND TROTTING: the development of horses mainly used today for show and skill work, and German Oldenburg carriage horses, now widely used in riding competitions
AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRY: The transformation of war horses into widely varied breeds that were developed for working the land, working in mines, serving as police horses, and more
Magnificent color photos by distinguished equine photographer Astrid Harrisson are complemented with reproductions of equine artworks from around the world--a total of 400 beautiful illustrations.
Award-winning horse photographer Astrid Harrisson and equestrian expert Tamsin Pickeral spent a year combing the world in search of the best examples of more than eighty diverse horse breeds. This book is the result of their ambitious project: a fascinating read accompanied by sensitive and striking photography. Discover the vital role that the magnificent horse has played throughout history, from plow horse to racehorse. Trace the development of the most striking and significant breeds, and learn intriguing tales about breeds that are now almost forgotten. Sumptuously illustrated throughout, this unique book was written and produced for everyone who loves horses.