Horses
Featured Items
The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History
The Age of the Horse
An Equine Journey Through Human History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0802126510

An essential book for anyone who's ever been captivated by horses, The Age of the Horse is a breathtaking exploration of the enduring connection between humans and Equus caballus. Equestrian expert Susanna Forrest presents a unique, sweeping panorama of the animal's prominent role in societies around the world and across time.

Fifty-six million years ago, the earliest equid walked the earth--and beginning with the first-known horse-keepers of the Copper Age, the horse has played an integral part in human history. Combining fascinating anthropological detail and incisive personal anecdotes, Forrest draws from an immense range of archival documents as well as literature and art to illustrate how our evolution has coincided with that of horses. In paintings and poems (such as Byron's famous "Mazeppa"), in theater and classical music (including works by Liszt and Tchaikovsky), representations of the horse have changed over centuries, portraying the crucial impact that we've had on each other. Forrest deftly synthesizes this material with her own experience in the field, traveling the globe to give us a diverse, comprehensive look at the horse in our lives today: from Mongolia where she observes the endangered takhi, to a show-horse performance at the Palace of Versailles; from a polo club in Beijing to Arlington, Virginia, where veterans with PTSD are rehabilitated through interaction with horses.

With passion and singular insight, Forrest investigates the complexities of human and horse coexistence, illuminating the multifaceted ways our cultures were shaped by this powerful creature.
Half Broke: A Memoir
Half Broke
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0393541541

This riveting memoir follows professional horse trainer Ginger Gaffney's year-long odyssey to train a herd of neglected horses at an alternative prison ranch in New Mexico. Working with her is a small team of ranch "residents," men and women who are each uniquely broken by addiction and incarceration. Gaffney forms a bond with them as profound as the kinship and trust the residents discover among the troubled horses. Through these unforgettable characters--both animal and human--Half Broke tells a new kind of recovery story and speaks to the life-affirming joy of finding a sense of belonging.

The Complete Book of Horses, Horse Breeds & Horse Care: An Encyclopedia of Horses and a Comprehensive Guide to Horse and Pony Care
The Complete Book of Horses, Horse Breeds & Horse Care
An Encyclopedia of Horses and a Comprehensive Guide to Horse and Pony Care
Hardcover      ISBN: 1859672094
Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, a Passion
Dark Horses and Black Beauties
Animals, Women, a Passion
Paperback      ISBN: 0393322661

In a phenomenon too prevalent to be mere chance, little girls all over the Western world wake one day to find themselves completely taken over by the love of all things equine. Melissa Holbrook Pierson was one of those horse-crazy girls who later returned to riding with a new appreciation for the nature of horses. Melding memoir, sociology, history, anecdote, and a bit of prose poetry, Dark Horses and Black Beauties delves beneath the shallow hypotheses explaining women's connection to horses to look at how this communication with another animal opens us up to a new apprehension of the larger "natural" world.

Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback
Stilwater
Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback
Paperback      ISBN: 1571313141
The spellbinding true story of a young woman's adventure in the Australian outback as she joins a small crew on an abandoned cattle station and drags feral cattle in from the wild.

One thousand square miles of coastal scrub--inundated by monsoon floods in summer, baked dry in winter, and filled with the most deadly animals in the world--Stilwater seems an unlikely home for a cattle operation. But in the countless miles beyond the station compound roam tens of thousands of cows, many entirely feral from a long period of neglect. Rafael has been hired, along with a ragged crew of ringers and stockmen, to bring them in for drafting. Over a season they use helicopters, motorcycles, bullcatcher jeeps, horses, ropes, and knives to win Stilwater Station back from the wild.

A deeply poetic inquiry into our desire to make order where we find wildness, Stilwater: Finding Mercy in the Outback suffuses us with salt and scrub and blood, blurring the line between domestic and feral in wondrous, unsettling ways. This is a whirlwind of men, women, cattle, horses, machines and landscape in collaborative evolution, all becoming different manifestations of the same entity--the Australian Wild.
The Horse: Its Nature, Revealed
The Horse
Its Nature, Revealed
Hardcover      ISBN: 1770859594

An intimate view into horses' true nature.

This gorgeous book presents the noble and powerful horse in spellbinding photographs, revealing text, and extended captions. Sabine Stuewer has been observing horses for years -- when they are alone and in groups. Her images are an indulgent visual treat, revealing the pure beauty of horses and their connection to their environment and their companions.

Emmanuelle Brengard interprets the horses' behaviors -- one minute calmly grazing, in a frenzied gallop the next, grooming each other, nuzzling a foal, battling for a mate -- giving horse lovers a better understanding of the animal.

The book's sections are:

  • In the Harem -- the harem family of about 10 (a stallion and his mares and foals), social order
  • The Stallion -- charisma, postures, fights between males, reproduction
  • Mares and Foals -- birth, educating the foals, foal games
  • The Nuances of Friendship -- hierarchy, games among adults
  • The Partnerships -- mares and foals, resting and sleep, adults protecting the herd and grooming
  • Gallop to Freedom -- photo gallery
  • Finely Honed Senses -- smell, sight, taste, hearing, communication, the gaits
  • Fits of Madness -- jumps and leaps to release stress and energy, and to stretch.
  • Those who ride horses will tell you that they are complex animals possessing a wide range of behaviors. It can take years of watching and being with horses to truly understand them. The Horse brings a closer view to their world in a new way, one that is possible only with the authors' decades of experience observing, photographing and interacting with the charismatic horse.

    Equestrians, breeders, casual riders, artists and photographers, and all who love horses for their character and beauty will derive great pleasure from this book. The Horse is an authoritative, photographic jewel and a remarkable value.

    She Flies Without Wings: How Horses Touch a Woman's Soul
    She Flies Without Wings
    How Horses Touch a Woman's Soul
    Paperback      ISBN: 0385335008

    From a renowned horsewoman and gifted storyteller comes this groundbreaking new book that explores a powerful relationship like no other: the magical kinship between women and horses.

    Drawing from myth and literature, the author's own experiences, and interviews with countless women, we learn, through women's deeply personal stories, how horses enrich our lives and connect us to nature-making us readers of rhythm and invisible signs, helping us harness our youthful sexuality, sharing the "horsepower" we need to reach our dreams. And here we see how, for thousands of years, the deep kinship between women and horses has connected us to our most intimate feelings of delight, helped us learn to solve problems, and set our creativity free.

    From the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer to the fiction of Jane Austen to folktales from around the world, She Flies Without Wings uses great literature and myth to encompass a wide spectrum of beliefs and perspectives-and creates a true celebration of speed, air, and the spectacular animal that connects us with both.

    Filled with the moving lessons--about sensuality, commitment, power, nurturance, and spirituality-women riders have known for centuries, written with a loving hand by an expert equestrian, She Flies Without Wings is an eloquent paean to a pairing that enlivened history, inspired literature, and continues to enchant us all.
    Vagabond: A Horseback Adventure from Bulgaria to Berlin
    Vagabond
    A Horseback Adventure from Bulgaria to Berlin
    Hardcover      ISBN: 1910723010

    The journey starts when author and long-rider Jeremy James buys two horses from gypsies at a fair in southern Bulgaria. He and his long-suffering friend Chumpie then set off on horseback winding northwards to Berlin and on the way encounter a marvellous array of local characters from all walks of life as they ride from Bulgaria to Berlin, via Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland. On a low budget, they are sustained by local fire-water, indigestible food and the forceful personalities of their horses who steal, run away, misbehave or suddenly comply at will and add a whole new dimension to the experience of travel. As Jeremy says, If you go by train or car, the world rushes past you, and you don (TM)t even get to smell it. But if you travel on a horse, you feel the world as you move through it, every step, every scent, every breeze, every dimple in the ground, and it (TM)s always fresh. The horse carries you into village life: he (TM)s a point of reference, something to focus on. (TM) After five long months, they finally reach their destination. It has taken Jeremy through an Eastern Europe full of surprises, which, with the collapse of communism, has almost disappeared today.

    The Maneige Royal
    The Maneige Royal
    Hardcover      ISBN: 085131452x

    A translation of one of the most important books ever written about the art of horsemanship.



    Includes chipboard slipcase.

    Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race
    Rough Magic
    Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race
    Hardcover      ISBN: 1948226197
    Taking off on a horse into the Mongolian Steppe sounds like the bracing inverse to an overpopulated, busy urban life, but having the skills and grit to pull it off is another thing entirely. . . . Lara Prior-Palmer attempted the Mongol Derby not really knowing what she was getting into; she ended it knowing much more about herself, and a race champion besides. ―Estelle Tang, Elle

    At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to "the world's longest, toughest horse race"―an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens of riders racing a series of twenty-five wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland. On a whim, she decided to enter the race. As she boarded a plane to East Asia, she was utterly unprepared for what awaited her.

    Riders often spend years preparing to compete in the Mongol Derby, a course that re-creates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan. Many fail to finish. Prior-Palmer had no formal training. She was driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses. She raced for ten days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she decided she had nothing to lose. Each dawn she rode out again on a fresh horse, scrambling up mountains, swimming through rivers, crossing woodlands and wetlands, arid dunes and open steppe, as American television crews chased her in their jeeps.

    Told with terrific suspense and style, in a voice full of poetry and soul, Rough Magic captures the extraordinary story of one young woman who forged ahead, against all odds, to become the first female winner of this breathtaking race.

    Think the next Educated or Wild. Palmer's memoir of beating the odds to become a horse champion is an inspiring saga of perseverance--and a classic underdog tale. --Entertainment Weekly