Smithsonian Handbooks: Horses

Smithsonian Handbooks: Horses


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Smithsonian Handbooks: Horses by Elwyn Hartley Edwards

This book is designed for all those who love horses. Tracing the evolution of equines, this guide also explains the difference between horses and ponies, looks at how different breeds evolved or were selectively developed, and examines equine anatomy and behavior. Packed with 250 vivid full-color photographs of more than 100 horse-breeds, it uses a systematic approach from Dorling Kindersley and the Smithsonian Institution to train readers of all experience levels to identify and appreciate the wide variety of horses in the world.

A visual identity key helps you recognize different horse breeds, and guides you to the correct entry based on what you see and observe. Each entry combines a concise description with annotated photographs to highlight the main characteristics and distinguishing features of the breed, with details on coloring, country or region of origin, breed history, and how the breed has been used in the human world. A concise glossary provides instant interpretation of equine terms.

The clear visuals and distinctive facts are accompanied by expert prose from author Elwyn Hartley Edwards, former editor of Riding magazine and former consulting editor to Horse and Hound. The book is a clear, concise, comprehensive, and indispensable identification guide for beginners and established equine enthusiasts alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789489821
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 08/01/2002
Series: Smithsonian Handbooks Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 494,186
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Elwyn Hartley Edwards was one of the most respected equestrian authors of the twentieth century. He edited Riding magazine for 18 years and wrote more than 30 books on horses and horsemanship. In addition to his equestrian knowledge he was also an expert on saddlery. In 1993 the British Horse Society gave him its Award of Merit. Edwards passed away in 2007 at the age of 80.

Table of Contents

How This Book Works9
The Horse Family10
Primitive Horses12
Postulated Horse Types14
Arabian, Barb, and Spanish Influence16
Life Cycle of the Horse20
Coat Colors22
Sports and Leisure28
Working Horses30
Bridles and Bits34
Identification Key40
Heavy Horses214
Horse Credits246

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Smithsonian Handbooks: Horses 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased this book as part of a home schooling course. Very informative. My daughter really loves the contents.
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