Deadly Equines


There is widespread belief in a warm and comforting story which states the horse is a gentle herbivore. What if a Rosetta Stone had been found to unlock the dark secrets of the horse’s past?

An international multi-million dollar industry serviced by horse whisperers, glossy magazines and popular culture preaches that horses are meek prey animals who fear predators. What if evidence demonstrated horses have slain lions, tigers, pumas, wolves, ...

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There is widespread belief in a warm and comforting story which states the horse is a gentle herbivore. What if a Rosetta Stone had been found to unlock the dark secrets of the horse’s past?

An international multi-million dollar industry serviced by horse whisperers, glossy magazines and popular culture preaches that horses are meek prey animals who fear predators. What if evidence demonstrated horses have slain lions, tigers, pumas, wolves, hyenas and humans?

Contemporary writers have successfully airbrushed murderous and meat-eating horses out of literature. What if Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes and Steve McQueen provided artistic evidence to refute that claim?

Thanks to global equestrian amnesia, the crucial role played by horses in recent history has been lost to mankind. What if testimony revealed meat-eating horses had been used to explore the Poles and photographs had been discovered of Tibet’s blood-eating horses?

Deadly Equines is a revolutionary departure from equestrian romance. It is a fact-filled analysis which reveals how humanity has known about meat-eating horses for at least four thousand years, during which time horses have consumed nearly two dozen different types of protein, including human flesh, and that these episodes have occurred on every continent, including Antarctica.

Various sources of corroborating data, including legends, literature, cinema, news stories, scientific reports and eyewitness accounts are presented for the reader’s investigation. None of these items had been hidden. They were ignored, misinterpreted or, in some cases, censored.

The result is the first exploration of the horse’s hidden history, an alternative equestrian world populated by forgotten facts, overlooked evidence and astonishing stories. Amply illustrated, and containing a map of occurrences, this study challenges the reader to develop a new under¬standing of the horse, one based upon reason, not fantasy.

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What People Are Saying

Douglas Preston
This iconoclastic book shatters many cherished assumptions. It is an essential read for anyone with an interest in horses. I highly recommend it. (Douglas Preston - Long Rider FRGS and author of Cities of Gold.)
Jeremy James
Deadly Equines is an extraordinary study and an intriguing account. (Jeremy James - Long Rider FRGS and author of The Byerley Turk.)
Ruth Carter
The renowned expert CuChullaine O'Reilly offers startling and revelatory insight about equines that appears irrefutable? the horse as herbivore is a matter of conditioning, not necessarily preference. (Dr. Ruth Carter - Professor of International Studies at Georgia State University.)
Geoff Young
With relentless research, O'Reilly has put together a body of evidence on meat-eating horses that should have encyclopedia editors all over the world scrambling to re-edit their chapter on the horse. (Geoff Young - Publisher/Editor, Horse Connection magazine.)
Diane Dowling
A wonderfully crafted, thought-provoking resource, the book begs a renewed re-examination of the nature of the horse. (Diane Dowling - Director of the equestrian documentary Of Horse & Man.)
Alexandra Shackleton
Deadly Equines depicts a fascinating and barely known aspect of polar exploration history. (The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton - President of the James Caird Society)
Robin Hanbury
What a fantastic story! There is a message here which has been suppressed over the years. (Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE - Long Rider and author of The Oxford Book of Exploration.
Garry Ashton-Coulton
A thought-provoking and challenging insight into an aspect of equine nature that we are unwilling to even acknowledge. (Garry Ashton-Coulton - Art Editor, Horse & Hound magazine, London.)
David R. Dorondo
Deadly Equines' investigation of the historical recurrence of omnivorous horses makes for compelling reading. (Dr. David R. Dorondo - Department of History, Western Carolina University.)
Wendy Hofstee
Deadly Equines was riveting! It contains a vast collection of evidence that proves the existence of meat-eating horses throughout history. A must-read for all horse lovers. (Dr. Wendy Hofstee - Long Rider FRGS and BVSc MRCVS)
Patrick Holscher
Deadly Equines brings to light a rarely discussed aspect of equine behavior in a fascinating and informative way. (Patrick Holscher - Society of the Military Horse.)
Neil Clarkson
O'Reilly controversially suggests that many modern-day horse lovers have a sanitised view of the horse and suggests past generations may well have had a better understanding of their nature. (Neil Clarkson - Publisher of Horse Talk international equestrian news service.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590480038
  • Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 1,031,897
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

CuChullaine O'Reilly is an investigative reporter who has spent more than thirty years studying equestrian travel techniques on every continent. After having made lengthy trips by horseback across Pakistan, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers' Club. O'Reilly is also the author of Khyber Knights. This equestrian travel tale has been described as a "masterpiece" and the author as "Jack London in our time".

O'Reilly founded the Long Riders' Guild, the world's first inter-national association of equestrian explorers. The organization has Members in forty-two countries, all of whom have made a qualifying equestrian journey of at least one thousand miles. The Guild has supported more than a hundred equestrian expeditions on every continent except Antarctica.

The author is married to the Swiss Long Rider, Basha Cornwall-Legh, who rode her Cossack stallion, Count Pompeii, from Volgograd to London, becoming the only person in the twentieth century to ride out of Russia.

The O'Reillys are the webmasters of The Long Riders' Guild website. At three thousand plus pages, and still growing, and having now been visited by more than three million people world-wide, this website is the repository of the largest collection of equestrian travel information in human history.

After ten years of unparalleled intellectual growth, The Long Riders' Guild became a movement for change in the wider equestrian world when the O'Reillys launched The Long Riders' Guild Academic Foundation ( The world's first open-source academic equine website is devoted to the study of all hippological arts and sciences and provides a forum, free of commercial influence, wherein equine-related articles are provided at no cost to scholars, students and equine enthusiasts. Every type of horse-related knowledge is being investigated and published at this exciting website, whose motto is "Science not Superstition."

Deadly Equines is the first title in a new series of equestrian investigations undertaken by the author.

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