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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080613884X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806138848
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume claims to be the most complete compilation of horse breeds ever attempted, including nearly 400 breeds from all over the world. Hendricks has bred and raised several types of horses and has spent over 30 years studying horse breeds. Abandoning the practice of other horse encyclopedias, which attempt to group breeds by function, she simply lists them in alphabetical order. Each breed entry includes information about breed origin and background, size, appearance, chief use, and status (rare vs. common). Most entries include photographs and are of varying length, running from a few paragraphs to several pages. Hendricks obtained this information from breed authorities and organizations, and the appendix includes a complete list of breed associations with addresses. This book should not be compared to Elwyn Hartley Edwards's Encyclopedia of the Horse (LJ 11/15/94) as the latter emphasizes horse evolution and covers far fewer breeds (150). This authoritative effort is highly recommended as an essential purchase for all equine collections and medium to large reference collections.?Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll. Lib., Rochester, N.Y.
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The price tag on this hefty reference may limit its acquisition to reference collections with strong horse studies; but any such collection should consider this an important addition. Almost four hundred breeds of horses are described, including history, origins, details of the uses of the horse, and accounts of training. Included here are extinct and unusual breeds, gathering facts from breeders' associations and authorities. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Solid, informative text, good photos.
Patricia Matejcek
It it the only book I have found which contains good information about little known breeds, such as the Asturian, Lewitzer, Pinzgauer, and Moyle Horse.
Orionfarms
She loves horses and yes, she does "have an app for that" but enjoys books too!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Orionfarms on December 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book in my equine library. It it the only book I have found which contains good information about little known breeds, such as the Asturian, Lewitzer, Pinzgauer, and Moyle Horse. Each desciption is well-researched and contains a great deal of information about that breed's origin, conformation, population, and common usage. If you show model horses, it is an invaluable guide for breed assignment; how else would you know that your San Domingo makes a perfect Wielkopolski, or that your standing Thoroughbred Mare is an ideal Cirit horse? The only thing that would make this book better would be color photos, but that would most likely make it prohibitively expensive.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By fjorab on August 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Bonnie Hendricks has gone far beyond what any other horse breed researcher has done...she has contacted every breed association she possibly could. She has written with far more detail, greater accuracy, and on many more breeds than any other horse book I have seen. Her intelligent ideas inserted into some breed descriptions are well worth noting. This is a MUST-HAVE for the serious equine enthusiast! It has definitely spoiled my appetite for any other horse book that attempts to describe the breeds. Thanks Bonnie, we needed this book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for anyone who is interested in the origin and development of horse breed's throught the world. It allows a serious rider the chance to find an animal that has qualities that one is looking for specifically and where they are located...Well, worth the investment as it answers some very difficult questions that used to end in the answer 'I don't know!'....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book has it all...from the common breeds to the extremely rare. Absolutely a must for those that love to research breed origins or just love all breeds of horses. There are many nice photographs in both color and b&w to enjoy. I love this book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Intresting and somewhat overwhelming a great insite into the world of horses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Hendricks on April 10, 2007
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Being the author of this book I am naturally biased toward it. What I can say is that I contacted the best authorities in the world for information and pictures and did not borrow from any other book.

One thing I would like to say about the reviews on this book. The book is exactly as described by Amazon and the University of Oklahoma Press and I want to debunk the few odd reviews stating that this book consists of ten yellowed pages. I have no idea why anyone would state such a thing but can assure you that it is untrue and completely ridiculous.

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Bonnie Hendricks
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Samantha S. Sillett on September 12, 2001
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This book is truly a complete guide to horse breeds. Unfortunately the quality of the book material was a disappointment. It was filled with photos; but only a few were color photos. The pages were not much better than the quality of a comic book, thin and yellow. I expected much more for the price. 4 stars solely on the detail and depth of it's information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrycia Ochman on September 1, 2011
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It is by far the most detailed and comprehensive book on horse breeds I have ever come across. I was particularly impressed by the depth of the coverage of breeds from the former Soviet Union (some of which I have never seen referred to, let alone described in detail, in books which are not from former Soviet Union countries). I was a little surprised that some American breeds were not mentioned (e.g. the Racking Horse and other, perhaps newer, breeds such as the Nez Perce or the Montana Travler), but considering how many resources there are out there pertaining solely to American breeds, it is not too much of a loss. Perhaps in the next edition?
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