The Kingdom of the Horse
A Comprehensive Guide to the Horse and the Major BreedsBook - 1998
Since the dawn of recorded history, humankind has lived with horses. Whether coexisting as wild creatures on the steppes of Europe, or sharing the legendary equine-human partnership following the horse's domestication, what emerged from this relationship is an illustrious family of breeds that continues to fascinate to this day.
Written by a team of highly respected equestrian authors, The Kingdom of the Horse gloriously celebrates the horse, tracing its fascinating evolution from very early origins as the feral dawn horse Eohippus over 55 million years ago. It relates how this early horse adapted to become the first modern horse, and examines in detail the biology and conformation of the modern horse, which is profiled in a section of 50 major breeds from around the world in all sizes, shapes and colors.
The Kingdom of the Horse relates how horsemanship and equestrian sports have developed into sophisticated artforms. Sumptuously detailed sections on the horse's role in war, art, and in myth and legend show how humankind has used the horse since domestication, and how the horse has equally captured and fired the human imagination.