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International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds [Paperback]

Bonnie L. Hendricks , Anthony A. Dent
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

August 15, 2007

A standard reference on horse breeds, illustrated and updated

Celebrating the animal that has been a stalwart servant to humankind for countless generations, Bonnie Hendricks’s International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds is the most thorough compilation of horse breeds ever attempted. The nearly four hundred entries, arranged alphabetically, include foundation breeds now extinct as well as extant breeds from across the globe. Each entry details the breed’s origin and background, size, appearance, chief use, and status (rare versus common). A list of breed associations and government departments that supplied data and photographs for the encyclopedia has been fully updated for this edition.

With its breadth and depth of coverage, as well as 530 black-and-white and 32 color illustrations, the encyclopedia continues to be a standard international reference.


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From Library Journal

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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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: #537,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive, interesting guide book around! 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
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a book! November 16, 1998
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any horse breeder January 23, 1999
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful Reporting April 10, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Information - Outdated format September 12, 2001
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Well researched and full of information that is interesting and informative. Easy to read or quickly look up info on a breed.
Published 9 months ago by read-a-lot
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Another book that will take time to go through, but my initial thoughts are mentioned below.

About 400 breeds from around the world makes for an absolutely fascinating... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kendra H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows many horse breeds
Gave this to my daughter for her birthday. She is familiar with many different breeds of horses, but she said she had never heard of some of the breeds in this book.
Published 11 months ago by PearlySue
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like
I ordered this book I love how its very informative and has breeds of horses that were originated in Greece. It is very hard to find stuff about Horses that originated in Greece. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Zaharoula
5.0 out of 5 stars detailed reference
its in my reference library for my hobby, I use it quite a bit, needs more pictures but it's still very good
Published 13 months ago by D.Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable work
A world-wide collection of ALL breeds, a really remarkable work of scholarship and a completely enjoyable look-through or straight read. Solid, informative text, good photos. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Patricia Matejcek
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!
Love this book! Very informative and easy to understand for all ages! We really enjoyed the colored pictures. 5 stars!!!!!
Published 16 months ago by Cybil Prideaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Beautiful pictures great description I go through all the time. I would recommend to all horse enthusiast. This is a nice book.
Published 17 months ago by Crystal Kilgore
5.0 out of 5 stars International Horse Breeds
I got this book for my "just turned teen" granddaughter for her Birthday. She loves horses and yes, she does "have an app for that" but enjoys books too! Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by S. E. Haley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough
Very complete but it doesn't make it as an Encyclopedia. Would be better to complete with a tree including how the actual breeds were formed. Read more
Published on August 23, 2008 by Pablo Zaefferer
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