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The Official Horse Breeds Standards Guide: The Complete Guide to the Standards of All North American Equine Breed Associatio Hardcover – October 2, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (October 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760334994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760334997
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynghaug (Horses of Distinction) deftly profiles 118 breeds, including ponies, small horses, pleasure breeds, draft varieties, and thoroughbreds. The breeds fall into six major categories, including wild varieties. Entries run approximately five pages and include historical details, breed standards, registration requirements, show criteria, and full-color photographs. The historical detail included is extensive and fascinating. Two appendixes offer detailed illustrations of various correct and imperfect body formations and an A-to-Z registry of organizations offering more breed-specific information. In detail and breadth, this volume supplants Judith Dutson’s 2005 Storey’s Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America. – Library Journal

Fine color photographs complete the detailed picture each entry presents. This guide is destined to become the bible of the horse world. A beautiful 672 page hardbound book. – Just Horses

This book is really good! It’s like the bible for horse breeds — so many breeds are included. The photos are phenomenal. It would take a couple hours just to look at them all. There’s so much info. – http://horse-blogs.com


Ever wonder how many equine breeds are found in North America and what they should look like? The Official Horse Breeds Standards Guide (2009) by Fran Lynghaug is the definitive authority on this subject, containing descriptions, histories, and official standards of what each horse and pony breed should be, as presented by their registry. The book accurately portrays more than 118 breeds of horses and ponies with over 400 full color photos, plus some little known facts and breed insights. – Mid-South Horse Review, February 2010

From the Back Cover

Now horse lovers only need one book!

 

From Arabians to Shetland Ponies, Thoroughbreds to Gypsy Vanners, and all the many breeds in between, there is now one source for all breed standards. This essential guidebook collects for the first time ever the standards supplied by the true experts—the official breed associations. Breed histories, conformation ideals, characteristics, temperaments, colors and variations guidelines all help you choose the horse that’s right for you.

 

Includes More Than 118 Breeds of Pleasure, Gaited, Warmblood, Draft, and Wild Horses and Ponies

More About the Author

Lynghaug was raised in a large family of 10 in the Twin City area of Minnesota. She got her first horse when 18, and was Miss Minnesota Pinto Horse Queen at 19. She has been active in horse breeding, competitions, and training.

She is also interested in dogs, and has bred, trained, and shown her collie to be the #1 AKC collie female and #3 collie in the U.S., as well as simultaneously winning a Utility obedience degree with her, a difficult endeavor to achieve. Her familiarity with the AKC's book on the standards for dog breeds was the basis for her books on equine breeds.

Her involvement with equine and canine organizations and their editorial staffs layed a foundation for her books. She has three published horse breed books: Horses of Distinction, The Official Horse Breeds Standards Guide, and Dennis Brouse on Horse Training.

She has been married for 43 years and has 5 grown children.

She attributes her successes to her faith in God.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine L. Borden on September 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I never knew there were so many very distinct and unusual breeds of horses. Almost every page has a beautiful, full-color photo. I have spent hours browsing through the breeds and studying the photos, and then reading about the history and fascinating information on everything from gaits to breed standards to disposition and character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Schedin on September 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is really good! It's like the bible for horse breeds -- so many breeds are included. The photos are phenomenal. It would take a couple hours just to look at them all. There's so much info packed into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Doyer on July 18, 2010
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I found this a really good source of information on AMERICAN breeds, especially for different strains of mustangs and gaited horses, with their in-depth histories. European books, always the mainstay for learning about horse breeds, never have much information in these areas. Breed mailing addresses and email addresses are also included. It's obvious that the information was supplied by the breed associations themselves, which is mostly a good thing, except when the association is trying to market its breed as the "best," "most unique," "gentlest," "most willing," "most trainable," "most intelligent," or "most versatile." Sometimes such "advertising" is quite noticeable, but for the most part it isn't a problem. However, the section on Tennessee Walking Horses completely omits any "Big Lick" or soring discussion. The section on National Walking Horses (which I had never heard of) does discuss soring, but they are careful to avoid using the word "TENNESSEE" in association with "walking horses," which is an injustice. That's sort of like avoiding admitting that slavery once existed in the United States. Also, the section on Chincoteague Ponies states that they are the remnants of a Spanish shipwreck, which is what Marguerite Henry purported in her FICTIONAL story of "Misty." Historians know that barrier islands from Georgia all the way up to Canada all have feral equines roaming them, left over from colonial "common grazing" times. I'm very aware of this because I am from Virginia and have grown up knowing about Chincoteague ponies, and have visited the beautiful nature preserve there. The breed association, which is based far away from Chincoteague in Washington State, mentions the addition of Arab and Mustang blood, but does not discuss why this was done.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Mathuus on September 21, 2009
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This book arrived today, I am impressed at the thickness. As I started to peruse this book I am thoroughly enjoying the pictures as well as all of the resources mentioned within. This will most certainly teach someone who knows nothing about horses many valuable things. Thank you!
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By Richard H. Cox on October 21, 2013
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It appears to me to be just what the doctor ordered . . . it's a Christmas present for my Grand daughter fo the verdict is yet to come in!
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This book makes distinctions among wild American horse breeds and was very useful for that purpose. It was as advertised.
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By D.Anderson on June 12, 2013
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it's in my research library for my hobby and I use it quite a bit, glad I got it, good pictures
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