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Horses of the world : from the desert to the racetrack
Ripart, Jacqueline.
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Chevaux du monde. English
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2002]

Physical Description:
267 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 32 cm
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SF283 .R5713 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This book is an in-depth look at horse-using cultures throughout the world. The horse, an integral part of nomadic cultures, bearer of ancestral traditions, and also a symbol of wealth, is part of different lifestyles in countries all over the world, on five continents. Following the passion that led her to the four corners of the globe, Jacqueline Ripart retraces the world history of riders and horses. From the Nambib Desert to the Mongolian Steppes, from the Argentinian pampas to the Canadian forests and important European schools of dressage, Ripart's ethnological journey takes us on a spellbinding world tour. Through exquisite photographs and an impassioned and lyrical text, the book reveals how horses are tamed and trained, pampered and paraded, raced and revered the world over.

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Booklist Review

Horse lovers rejoice! Here is a new coffee-table book worth the price! French writer and equestrian Ripart set out on a journey to meet the horses of the world. Horses have been domesticated for about 6,000 years and have spread from their European source to colonize every continent except Antarctica. Different regions and different cultures worked together to create different horses, 13 of which Ripart writes about here. Whether writing about the famous, such as the Lipizzans of Austria and the Thoroughbreds of Ireland, or the lesser known, such as the Cimarrones of Argentina and the wild horses living in the Namib Desert, the author brings these disparate horses and their cultures lyrically to life. She makes us revel in the importance of the horse to people all over the world. Heavily illustrated with beautiful photographs that not only highlight the horses but do equal justice to their equipment and riders, this will be a valuable addition to larger equine collections. --Nancy Bent