The Horseman's Illustrated Dictionary

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Is your horse able to capriole? How can you tell whether he's suffering from thoroughpin? What does it mean if his mane - or your back - is roached?A complete compendium of equestrian terms, The Horseman's Illustrated Dictionary goes beyond simple words and phrases. In addition to providing easy-to-understand definitions of both esoteric and commonly used terms, Steven D. Price delves into their fascinating derivations. You'll learn, for example, that the name of the Percheron draft horse comes from the breed's ...
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Is your horse able to capriole? How can you tell whether he's suffering from thoroughpin? What does it mean if his mane - or your back - is roached?A complete compendium of equestrian terms, The Horseman's Illustrated Dictionary goes beyond simple words and phrases. In addition to providing easy-to-understand definitions of both esoteric and commonly used terms, Steven D. Price delves into their fascinating derivations. You'll learn, for example, that the name of the Percheron draft horse comes from the breed's origins in the La Perche area of Normandy, France; that "bishoping" - doctoring a horse's teeth to show a younger age - refers to an unscrupulous eighteenth-century horse dealer named Bishop; and that the "canter" gait is a shortened version of "Canterbury gallop," purportedly inspired by the pilgrims who rode to Canterbury at that pace. You'll discover that a "coop" does not necessarily contain chickens, find out why an "alligator" might be found in a horse arena, and learn that an "elevator" does not carry passengers but fits in a horse's mouth.Edifying and entertaining, The Horseman's Illustrated Dictionary is both a useful reference work and a lively panoramic view of the culture and history of the horse. This beautifully illustrated volume proves that horse people of all interests can learn to speak one another's language. It's the perfect gift for any horse-lover. (83/4 X 111/4, 248 pages, color photos, b&w photos, diagrams)
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
When he was a college student, Price's (The Whole Horse Catalog) favorite summer jobs were teaching riding at a summer camp and alphabetizing index cards for the Random House Dictionary of the English Language--knowledge and experience he puts to good use in this concise and readable dictionary. Numerous photos and drawings supplement the text, which describes many styles of riding, including racing, Western, dressage, hunter jumper, and endurance riding. Health terms like "founder," "colic," and "azoturia" are well defined, and many breeds are included in the definitions. Easy for the beginning rider to understand, this book also includes much for the experienced equestrian. How many know that the word canter derives from the preferred gait of the pilgrims who traveled by horseback to Canterbury, England? Though it does not include pronunciation notes, as does Dictionary of Equine Terms (LJ 9/1/98), and is not as comprehensive as Vivienne Eby's The Horse Dictionary (LJ 12/95), which lists over 6000 terms, this is an excellent reference tool. Recommended for all public libraries.--Patsy E. Gray, Huntsville P.L., AL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
For his 14th book on equestrian subjects, New York-based Price provides both novice and experienced riders, and horse lovers in general, with a guide to the past and present jargon of the sport. In addition to monochrome drawings and photographs accompanying the entries, 16 pages of color plates illustrate various breeds and activities. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641511912
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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