The World according to Horses: How They Run, See, and Think

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How horses experience the world-and how we know it.

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What do horses mean when they neigh, nicker, and snort? When a horse refuses to jump a fence, what is it seeing? How can a horse's bones tell us whether people rode ...

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Overview

How horses experience the world-and how we know it.

"People have been training and riding horses for thousands of years without the help of science. But how much richer and deeper can our appreciation of these wonderful animals be if we do understand some of the 'whys' about them."

What do horses mean when they neigh, nicker, and snort? When a horse refuses to jump a fence, what is it seeing? How can a horse's bones tell us whether people rode it or ate it? In clear, engaging prose, Stephen Budiansky takes us inside the world as horses experience it and explains how we came to these insights. A horse lover's treat and a great introduction to science in one exciting read, illustrated with ten black and white photographs and ten line drawings.

Stephen Budiansky, owner of a horse farm and author of a highly successful adult horse book, The Nature of Horses, combines his fascination with horses with his passion for scientific discovery to give young readers the perfect bridge from loving horses to appreciating science.

Discusses the interaction between people and horses, the horse as a social animal, its intelligence, abilities to communicate, athletic abilities, and physical evolution.

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The natural home of the horsevast grasscovered plainsbegan to disappear about twenty thousand years ago when Earth went into a warming climate change and forests began to take over the grasslands. This, combined with being hunted by the ancient native North Americans, led to the disappearance of the horse in North America ten thousand years ago. A similar scenario occurred in Europe until many thousands of years later when the horse began a come back that started in what is now modern Ukraine. According to Budiansky, the domestication of the horse actually saved it from extinction. Through archaeological and scientific information, readers learn the reasons for this conclusion. Each chapter presents a specific trait of the horse, such as communication with man and with other horses, biological and physical development, social hierarchy and interaction, and intelligence. Budiansky not only discusses what is known about horses but also explains how we know it. There is a section ending every chapter called "How Do We Know?" in which experiments and studies are described that show why horses are as they are. For example, veterinarians can tell by small cracks and wear patterns in a horse's teeth if it had worn a bit, indicating domestication by man. Intriguing premises are explained here in a straightforward and thoughtprovoking manner that is sure to appeal to young horse lovers. This title also will serve as a valuable resource for a beginning basic science reasoning study. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; JuniorHigh,defined as grades 7 to 9). 2000, Henry Holt, Ages 12 to 15, 101p, $16.95. Reviewer: Jane Van Wiemokly
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What do teen and pre-teen horse-lovers most love to do with horses? Groom them. And what do horses most love to have done? Grooming. It's a natural connection and one of many horse-human connections that Stephen Budiansky explores in his enjoyable but very informative study of horses. Budiansky, who came to horsemanship only as an adult, is also a scientist. Each chapter's discussion of horse sense includes a section on "how do we know." We know about horses' social life, for example, because one researcher spent more than 500 hours watching horse herds in the Grand Canyon. Budiansky cites other scientific evidence that grooming a horse "reduces its tension and stimulates an automatic, pleasure response." When horses are brushed on the lower neck, "their heart rate decreases 10 percent or more." There are a few black-and-white photos to break up the text, but this book is definitely intended for the serious young horse lover who wants to know every detail about how the beloved animal runs, sees, and thinks. 2000, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 10 to 16, $16.95. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
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Gr 5-9-This examination of equine behavior, intelligence, and evolution is based on Budiansky's adult title, The Nature of Horses (Free Pr., 1997). Each chapter begins with a narrative story and concludes with a section that details how recent scientific studies have led us to certain conclusions about this creature. The information is not available in any other book for this audience, and will delight readers with an interest in animals and/or science. Black-and-white photographs and drawings illustrate the text. Libraries in communities with a strong interest in horses will want to purchase this title.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805060546
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Budiansky is a consulting editor for the Atlantic Monthly, and has written several well-reviewed books for adults, including The Nature of Horses, Nature's Keepers, and The Covenant of the Wild. He lives with his wife and children on a horse farm in Leesburg, Virginia.

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