The Book of Draft Horses: The Gentle Giants that Built the World

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Before trucks and tractors, draft horses performed the heavy work of pulling wagons, plowing fields, and hauling logs. But the internal combustion engine did not entirely replace these animals; they are still used in many parts of the country for agricultural and other jobs. The Book of Draft Horses is a celebration of these "gentle giants," as well as a practical handbook on breeding, care, training, competition, and working horses.

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Overview

Before trucks and tractors, draft horses performed the heavy work of pulling wagons, plowing fields, and hauling logs. But the internal combustion engine did not entirely replace these animals; they are still used in many parts of the country for agricultural and other jobs. The Book of Draft Horses is a celebration of these "gentle giants," as well as a practical handbook on breeding, care, training, competition, and working horses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592289790
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 526,113
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Campbell Smith is a freelance writer with a degree in equine technology. She writes for USA Equestrian, The Chronicle of the Horse, and other equestrian magazines.

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Table of Contents


Dedication     v
Acknowledgements     ix
History of the Draft Horse     1
Draft Horse Breeds     15
Preparing for Ownership: Housing, Transportation, and Equipment     39
Buying Your First Draft Horse     51
Health and Care of the Draft Horse     57
Showing the Draft Horse     71
The Draft Horse Pull     87
The Draft Pleasure Horse     91
Real Work     97
Breeding Draft Horses     111
Resources     121
Glossary     125
Bibliography     133
Index     141
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Before trucks and tractors, draft horses performed the heavy work of pulling
wagons, plowing fields, and hauling logs. But the internal combustion engine did not entirely replace these animals, and they are still used in many parts of the country for agricultural and other jobs, as well as for pleasure driving and county fair pulling contests.
 
This book is a celebration of these “gentle giants,” as well as a handbook on their breeding, care, and training, and their use as competition and working horses.
 
Each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of these magnificent horses:
• History of the Draft Horse
• Draft Horse Breeds
• Preparing for Ownership: Housing, Transportation, and Equipment
• Buying Your First Draft Horse
• Health and Care of the Draft Horse
• Showing the Draft Horse
• The Draft Horse Pull
• The Draft Pleasure Horse
• Real Work
• Breeding Draft Horses 
 
Profusely illustrated and with a glossary of terms, The Book of Draft Horses will appeal to everyone who has been thrilled at the sight of these gentle giants. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    Terrific book

    A clear, concise, and informative book about these wonderful gentle giants. The pictures are also great showing several breeds of Draft Horses in different settings. An interesting and well put together book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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