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Making Tracks - Nancy Carver
Call Number: SF324.35.M7 C37 2014
ISBN: 9781935806837
Publication Date: 2014-09-20
At one time, horse racing was a more popular sport than baseball. Nowhere was this reality more apparent than in St. Louis. From 1767 to 1905, throngs of excited St. Louisans rooted for their horses in almost twenty different racing venues around the area. Making Tracks takes readers on a tour of local tracks and racing history, where surprising facts emerge. St. Louis had the first night racing in the country; the St. Louis Browns, a professional baseball team, shared their baseball field with a race track; the St. Louis World's Fair Handicap in 1904 dazzled the racing world with a $50,000 purse; famous people, including celebrated jockeys and horsemen, came to St. Louis to race; and the Delmar Loop track made history as the city's last track and the scene of a notorious raid orchestrated by the Missouri governor. The track histories capture the thrill of the sport and the flavor of the times, including the political, social, economic, and religious realities involved. Making Tracks is a must read for horse racing fans, local history buffs, and people who love a good story. Saddle up and take a ride on bygone tracks once filled with passionate and engaged fans.

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Horse Anatomy for Performance - Gillian Higgins; Stephanie Martin
Call Number: SF765 .H54 2012
ISBN: 9781446300961
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
Examine the anatomy of a horse from an entirely different perspective. This intriguing and original explanation of the 11 internal body systems of horses shows them painted on the outside to describe everything on the inside. The horse is a highly sophisticated living organism so to enable him to reach his full athletic performance and give him a happy, healthy quality of life it is vital to understand both his capabilities and limitations within the context of his structure and function. Gillian Higgins turns her trademark technique of painting internal diagrams directly onto live horses to show how all the systems work, and work together, to influence performance and reduce the risk of injury. Divided into 12 chapters, Horse Anatomy for Performance combines high quality photographs and intricate paintings with top tips and fascinating facts to provide a practical and useful guide to horse anatomy. Visually appealing, original and easily understandable, the book explains how anatomy influences the way we manage, ride and train our horses. This book is a sequel to How Your Horse Moves by Gillian Higgins; together the books provide a comprehensive guide to horse anatomy in action "Finally a book where you can learn how your horse ticks - inside out - and it is easy to understand and fun to read. A must for every serious equestrian." --Dr W. Bechtolsheimer

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Adams' Lameness in Horses - O. R. Adams
Call Number: SF959.L25 A3 2002
ISBN: 9780683079814
Publication Date: 1998-11-01
This classic revision of Adams' Lameness in Horses represents a detailed, comprehensive review of the development, cause, diagnosis, and treatment of lameness in horses. The book includes description of the anatomy, physical features, and radiographic examination procedures, as well as nutrition, and the development of diseases.

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The Majesty of the Horse - Tamsin Pickeral; Astrid Harrisson (Photographer)
Call Number: SF291 .P53 2011
ISBN: 9780764164163
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
Horses have played a central role in human societies for millennia, and this magnificently written and beautifully illustrated volume celebrates that long, eventful history. It pays homage not only to the physical splendor of the horse--its grace, beauty, strength, and adaptability--but also to its remarkable diversity. Equestrian specialist Tamsin Pickeral traces the evolution of many different horse breeds from the dawn of written history to the present day. Separate chapters are devoted to--

  • The Ancient World--the nomadic horse peoples of the Eurasian steppes, the Gotland Pony, used by the Goths as chariot horses, the Camargue, an ancient working breed that was taken into Spain by the Romans, and many more
  • From the East--Mongolian stocks, the influence of Ghengis Khan, the introduction of polo, the spread of the Arabian horse breed, and more
  • The War Horse--the rise of the heavy cavalry horse, Charles Martel and the influence of the Crusades on horse breeding, the Spanish and Portuguese originators of horse-riding cowboys, the horse in the Napoleonic wars, and more
  • The New World--the horse's arrival in South America, brought in by the Spanish, and the subsequent development of American breeds
  • Racing Hunting and Sports Horses--Racing thoroughbreds, Irish hunters, Holsteins, Australian breeds, and more
  • Harness Horses, Carriage Driving, and Trotting--the development of horses mainly used today for show and skill work, and German Oldenburg carriage horses, now widely used in riding competitions
  • Agriculture and Industry--The transformation of war horses into widely varied breeds that were developed for working the land, working in mines, serving as police horses, and more

    Magnificent color photos by distinguished equine photographer Astrid Harrison are complemented with reproductions of equine artworks from around the world--a total of 400 beautiful illustrations.

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The Original Horse Bible - Moira C. Harris; Sharon Biggs; Moira C. Reeve
Call Number: Reference SF285 .R44 2011
ISBN: 9781933958750
Publication Date: 2011-08-30

The Original Horse Bible contains everything a horse owner would want or need to know about horses, their care, and their activities. It will be the most comprehensive horse reference tool available. It will contain topics such as horse keeping, horse safety, dressage, Western riding, English riding, jumping, veterinary care, histories on the many breeds of horses, and much, much, more. The Original Horse Bible will be the one-stop information source — every horse owner should have one!

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