Judy Fisher Oetinger, photographer Todd Buchanan and writer / historian Lynn Weatherman of The American Saddlebred Horse Association have combined their talents to produce the first pictorial book exclusively deicated to the American Saddlebred Horse. It is truly a beautiful combination of words and pictures that shows us in thorough dtail what Saddlebreds are all about - in the show ring, on the trails, in dressage, carriage and jumping competitions, pleasure riding and driving, and on the farm.
In addition to the dazzling photographic imagery, there are chapters on the history of Saddlebreds of the past, a brief history of ASHA, and an appendix of World's Grand Champions from the Kentucky State Fair, all accompanied by historical photographs and equine art.
|Publisher:||Harmony House Publishers KY|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was quite disappointed by this book and decided to return it. That's not to say it isn't a decent book, but it depends on what one is looking for. I'm sure Saddlebred lovers will be pleased, but to me it was a book that tried to do it all--a little history, a little on grooming, a little on training and showing, etc.--and therefore ended up not doing much of anything except present brief overviews of each topic. It's very readable, but it's also bland. You won't find any discussion of controversial training methods used to achieve that high stepping gait; everything is rosy. All that would be fine, as far as I'm concerned, if it had delivered as a pictorial coffee table book. My big disappointment was the photographs, which the Overview makes seem are an important part of the book. I was expecting many beautiful color photos of the horses themselves: portraits, head shots, show horses strutting their stuff, running in the fields, etc. Well, many of the photos are black and white and relatively small. There are about four large color photos of paintings of famous Saddlebreds, but at least half of these are placed across two pages so that the the head and front of the horse is cut in half by the crease in the binding. Bad layout choice. And frankly most of the color photos focus on anything but the Saddlebred itself. There are arty shots, such as misty fields with horses appearing only as distant silhouettes on the horizon or an overhead shot looking way down on a horse standing in a barn to be groomed, or long shots of people and buildings at horse shows. There are practical shots showing a trainer in a corral putting a horses through its paces, or a rider smiling because she's won her event. Where is the "dazzling photographic imagery" of the horses? So if you want a sleek, quick primer on the Saddlebred world, you may like this book. That's why I gave it a 3 rating. But if you're looking for striking color photos of stallions, mares, and foals, and horses performing, you'll find precious few here. In that area, I give it a 2.
From the Saddle Seat equitation to the faster carriage racing the saddle bred does it all.
I love this book so much! I own a Saddlebred and they are a blast!