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The horse encyclopedia
Hermsen, Josée.
Personal Author:
North American edition.
Publication Information:
Buffalo, NY : Firefly Books, 1998.

Physical Description:
312 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Translated from Dutch.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Clarence Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Concord Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
East Aurora Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Eden Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Grand Island Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Hamburg Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lancaster Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Marilla Free Library SF278 .H44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Horse Encyclopedia is a valuable reference for anyone interested in horses or equestrian riding. Lavishly illustrated with full color photos on every page, there are also diagrams and sketches for identifying the many different breeds of horses.

The book is organized into sections and chapters, each covering a specific subject, and each chapter is organized into alphabetical entries. The first section lists different breeds of horses, and the appendix lists well-known sires and foundation sires. The Horse Encyclopedia includes chapters on:

The Horse and Its Characteristics Caring for a Horse Riding Dressage Showjumping Driving Western Riding Other Equestrian Sports Illness and Disorders A Horse of Your Own.

For equestrians and spectators alike, for those who work with horses and those who simply admire these beautiful animals, The Horse Encyclopedia is the esential one-stop guide. Covering all aspects of the horse world, this book is a treasure trove for readers who would like to learn more about our equine friends, and a crucial starting point for riders and horse owners.

Author Notes

Jos#65533;e Hermsen first became interested in horses during a stay in Malawi. Unable to find any real experts on the subjec, she quickly realized just how important clearly written books about horses and riding can be. She spent hours poring over books in an effort to discover the right diet for a horse, or what to do in the case of disease and injury.

She now keeps horses in the picturesque are of the Netherlands known as Veluwe, where there are plenty of opportunities for riding. As a rider, whe enjoys the recreational side of the sport. As a spectator, however, she is often seen at competitive events.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is the English-language edition of a fact-filled guide to the world of horses, originally published in The Netherlands. There are two main sections: one covering breeds of horses and the other dealing with the care of the horse and equestrian activities. Fifty breeds of horses and ponies are described in terms of their origins and physical characteristics. A color photograph accompanies the description of each breed. The section on breeds is followed by "Caring for Horses and Equestrian Sports," which includes an explanation of confirmation points, charts illustrating colors, leg and facial markings, and habits and characteristics of specific breeds. There are definitions of equestrian terms as well as sections on equipment, feeding, grooming, hoof care, equine diseases and disorders, and stable requirements. Training and riding basics, dressage terminology and exercises, show jumping, and driving are covered. Although the focus of the book is European, there is a chapter on Western riding; and North American breeds are included. An appendix lists foundation sires and other well-know sires, and there is an alphabetical index. The encyclopedia does a good job of covering the broad spectrum of information of interest to horse lovers. Although The Horse Encyclopedia is not as lavishly illustrated as Dorling Kindersley's Encyclopedia of the Horse [RBB D 1 94], almost all of the short but informative descriptions and explanations are accompanied by photographs, and young readers especially will find the format appealing. Both International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds and International Encyclopedia of Horses and Ponies [both RBB N 1 95] cover more breeds, while The Horse Dictionary [RBB N 1 95] covers more related terms. The Horse Encyclopedia is recommended for school and public libraries needing another resource on the topic.

Library Journal Review

YA-Wonderfully clear, precise, and easy to follow, this book is directed toward European horse lovers, but reads as if written for American riders as well. Many beautiful and illustrative photos as well as diagrams clarify the text. Terminology necessary to understand the various types of horses is first covered, including pithy descriptions of "warmbloods," "coldbloods," and horse profiles. Each breed is succinctly characterized by its origin, height, color, character, appearance, applications, action, and special remarks delineating unusual traits. Each section of the animal's anatomy is clearly described and illustrated. An appendix provides details about the "founding sire" or parent stallion for particular breeds, information not normally found in books on horses. This title isso well done that even YAs with little interest in these animals are likely to be captivated.-Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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