Beautiful Horses

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Move over cows, make room sheep - there's a handsome new beast waiting in the wings...Trotting into the spotlight is a bevy of elegant equine beauties.  Beautiful Horses
showcases 40 of the world's most remarkable breeds, from the traditional Shetland to the rare Norwegian Fjord, the diminuitive Miniature to the majestic Canadian Belgium.  Stylishly shot against a studio background, each prize-winning thoroughbred has been primped and preened for its moment in front of...

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Overview

Move over cows, make room sheep - there's a handsome new beast waiting in the wings...Trotting into the spotlight is a bevy of elegant equine beauties.  Beautiful Horses
showcases 40 of the world's most remarkable breeds, from the traditional Shetland to the rare Norwegian Fjord, the diminuitive Miniature to the majestic Canadian Belgium.  Stylishly shot against a studio background, each prize-winning thoroughbred has been primped and preened for its moment in front of the camera.  Each photograph is accompanied by a description of the breed, covering its origin, physical attributes, and related breeds. There's also an illuminating introduction exploring the colorful history of the horse, and reportage photography offering a behind-the-scenes gimpse of the stars as they prepare for the show.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782400424
  • Publisher: Ilex Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 968,845
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Wright editors Smallholder magazine and is a panel judge for the Ponies Association (UK) as well as the British Show Pony Society (BSPS). She breeds Exmoors and Welsh Cobs on her farm and is a contributor to Horse & Hound magazine.

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The horse has played an enormous part in human civilization and been an invaluable companion to us for thousands of years. From early man, who used the horse as a pack pony, to modern humans who developed it as a warhorse and were totally reliant on its strength as a workhorse, it is impossible to overestimate the importance of this animal in the development of human history. Although mechanization has now taken over many of the horse’s traditional roles, it is still a crucial working animal in some areas.

As well as their more utilitarian uses, horses have long been popular for leisure and sport. Horse racing has been enjoyed for thousands of years and disciplines such as show jumping, eventing and dressage are also well established. New sports such as horseball are developing and gaining momentum. The diverse range of modern breeds means there is a horse perfectly suited to each discipline, from the diminutive Shetland pony – an excellent choice for fast obstacle (scurry) driving, to the Thoroughbred, whose breathtaking speed is much in demand for racing.

As diverse as horse breeds are, they all have one thing in common – they are all beautiful, with their own unique qualities. Championship shows celebrate the beauty and unique defining characteristics of each breed, with horses presented in the show ring for judging, having been painstakingly prepped for their moment in the limelight. Our photographer visited one such show to capture the stunning images in this book, revealing the spirit and elegance of each of the animals.

The photographs are accompanied by concise information on the defining characteristics of each breed, as well as its past and present place in human life, details of how it developed, and its relation to other breeds. Origin and distribution information shows where each breed hails from, and how far it has now spread. The horses in this book come in all shapes, sizes and colours, but one thing is for sure – their owners all prize them. The uses of the horse may have changed over the centuries but its future seems in no doubt with so many people devoting their lives to the care and enjoyment of these beautiful animals.

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Table of Contents

LIST OF HORSE BREEDS FEATURED
American Quarter 
Appaloosa                             
Arab
British Riding Pony
British Spotted pony
British Warmblood
Canadian Belgian
Cleveland Bay
Clydesdale
Coloured Cob
Comtois
Connemara
Dales
Dartmoor
Exmoor
First Ridden Riding Pony
Friesian
Haflinger
Hanoverian
Highland
Irish Draught
Irish Sport Horse
Lightweight Cob
Miniature horse    
Morgan                                
Native Coloured
New Forest Jane
Norwegian Fjord
Rescue Horse
Riding Horse
Shetland
Shire
Suffolk
Thoroughbred
Traditional Coloured Cob
Welsh Cob/Welsh Section D
Welsh Mountain pony/Welsh Section A
Welsh pony / Welsh Section B

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