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Children's LiteratureThe sport of horse riding has as long a history as virtually any other athletic competition you can imagine. Horse races, charioteering, and cross-country riding competitions can be traced back to ancient days. Equestrian sports have evolved over time to be the purview of an elite class of athlete. In many days gone by riders were drawn from the aristocratic class in a method that stretched back to the medieval age of knights and chivalry. Nevertheless, in our own age, equestrian sports continue to be an honored addition to the athletic landscape. In Equestrian John Wright outlines the history and nature of this noble sport. Equestrian is an illustrated book that is part of a multiple volume series entitled "Sports Injuries." As this series title would indicate a goodly portion of Equestrian is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of injuries commonly experienced in horse riding. Wright touches upon generally recommended physical warm up activities that riders should incorporate into their daily pre-ride regimen. The author also does a noteworthy job of detailing psychological warm up activities that should help sharpen the attention and focus of a rider. At the close of the book the author also lightly touches upon ways in which horse lovers can earn a livelihood via their interest. Through this well thought out approach John Wright has completed a book that is both instructive and engaging. Readers who are interested in horses will find this to be a book that they will both enjoy and learn from. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 9 to 12.
—Greg M. Romaneck