|Publisher:||Barrons Educational Series Inc|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2011|
|Number of Pages:||288|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||4.15|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||9.75 x 11.75 x 1.5|
Both writer Pickeral (The Horse: 30, 000 Years of the Horse in Art) and photographer Harrisson have a background in art and a love of horses. This lovely illustrated volume is more than a coffee-table book. Pickeral and Harrisson traveled across the world to research and photograph more than 80 breeds of horses-some common, some rare. The book shares little-known facts that explain the survival of horses in difficult environments; e.g., the purpose of the thick hairs that grow along the upper lips of Kazakh horses is to sift sand from the grass before they eat it, and the double coats of Exmoor ponies help them survive harsh winters.
Verdict: Although Monique and Hans Dossenbach's 1985 The Noble Horse covers more ground than this title-e. g., history of the horse, breeds, breeding, anatomy, equine sports, saddles, and shoes-its photographs cannot compete with the beautiful images featured here. This volume is highly recommended for horse lovers, animal lovers, and art lovers.
-Patsy E. Gray, formerly with Huntsville P.L., AL
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Horses have played a central role in human societies for millennia, and this magnificently written and beautifully illustrated volume celebrates that long, eventful history. It pays homage not only to the physical splendor of the horse--its grace, beauty, strength, and adaptability--but also to its remarkable diversity. Equestrian specialist Tamsin Pickeral traces the evolution of many different horse breeds from the dawn of written history to the present day. Separate chapters are devoted to--
Magnificent color photos by distinguished equine photographer Astrid Harrisson are complemented with reproductions of equine artworks from around the world--a total of 400 beautiful illustrations.
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