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Upton, Peter, 1937-
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1999.

Physical Description:
256 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
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SF293.A8 U67 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
SF293.A8 U67 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The majestic Arabian horse, with its refined beauty and spirit, has long held a special appeal for horse lovers throughout the world. Arabians is a lavishly illustrated celebration of the impressive history and splendor of this noble breed. The authoritative text explores the breeds ancient origins, its importance in the Islamic world, and the growing international interest in Arabians that began in the 17th century and continues today. At the heart of the book are more than 250 gorgeous color photographs that take the reader on a stunning visual journey around the world, touching down in the many countries and continents where this versatile breed has earned a loyal following among equestrians. In addition, it features a comprehensive list of Arabian horse organizations, registries, and societies; a glossary of Arabic terms; a thorough bibliography; and a foreword by H. H. Shiekh Zayed bin-Sultan al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates. Arabians is the definitive book on this revered breed.

Author Notes

Rik van Lent, Jr. makes up one half of an internationally known father-and-son photography team. They have devoted the last 20 years to recording the Arabian horse throughout the world. They live in Belgium.

Peter Upton is a former president of the Arab Horse Society of Great Britain, an international judge of the breed, and a founding member of the Arabian Horse Historians Association. He makes his home in England.

Hossein Amirsadeghi was born in Iran. He is a writer, filmmaker, and equestrian. Today he lives in London.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Two new horse books come from opposite ends of the spectrum--one on the oldest breed with pedigrees hundreds of generations old, the other on horses that know no planned breeding or human control. Arabians celebrates a breed that has been cultivated for centuries. These desert horses are usually associated with the Bedouin peoples of the Arabian peninsula and were famed for their endurance and agility. Used extensively for war and for raids against rival tribes, Arabians were carefully bred for their ability to gallop over the uneven desert terrain. The long history of Arabians in their homeland is commemorated in this collection of paintings, photographs, and quotations from numerous authors. Arabians have been exported all over the world, and the second part of the book highlights horses from European, Australian, American, and South American stud farms, as well as the best of the modern Arabians from Arab countries. This visual feast will be popular among all horse lovers. Shy Boy is the latest effort from famed horse whisperer Monty Roberts. Shy Boy is a wild mustang that Roberts joined up (his description for gentled/tamed) with out on the high desert for a PBS special. This demonstration of how Roberts' training techniques worked with a totally wild and free horse was seen by millions on TV and was covered in his book The Man Who Listens to Horses (1997). The current book covers the gentling process in much greater detail, and Shy Boy's subsequent life as a ranch horse. Roberts speaks eloquently of the differences between a mustang and a domestic horse, and of Shy Boy's adjustment to captive life. The crux of the book occurs when Shy Boy is offered a choice, and he is freed in the presence of the band of horses he originally came from. Would he come back to the man who joined up with him? This wonderful sequel to The Man Who Listens to Horses is full of anecdotes about the author's methods and will be in demand at all libraries. --Nancy Bent