Horses and Horsemanship Through the Ages Author:Luigi Gianoli Ranging from the Pleistocene epoch in Mongolia to Yonkers Raceway in New York, 'Horses and Horsemanship Though the Ages' is the most authoritative, comprehensive work on the horse ever published for both scholar and sportsman - including every known activity engaging the horse. IT is the thrilling story from before man's emergence to the moment ... more »man chose the horse to be the companion of his infinite enterprise to the present.
This exquisite volume is the result of year of elaborate research by a brilliant international staff of experts headed by Luiji Gianoli, who himself has devoted a lifetime to the subject.
Here is the horse of millennia ago - manís favorite food on the Asian and European steppes; the Mongolian horse that carried the terrifying hordes against Egypt, China, and Rome; here are the invention of saddle, stirrups, shoes; the unique refinement of the horse for combat; the beginnings of Olympic chariot races, postal service, roads; and the origin of veterinary medicine. Here are the Middle Ages breeds bearing knights to love and holy war; equitation from its beginnings to its most sophisticated, and the origin of the Thoroughbred.
Material available in the past only through rare-book collectors and private libraries has been tracked down and is included here. Complete sections are devoted to the beginnings of school equitation and the teachings of the great masters - Grisone, La Broue, Pluvinel, Newcastle, La Gueriniere, D'Aure, Baucher, L'Hotte - and to the developments of the great riding schools, such as Versailles, Saumur, Vienna, and Hanover. Here are the first women in the saddle (Amazons); and Caprilli, the man who revolutionized equitation and whose system is still in use; modern riding and competition around the world today; flat racing, trotting, polo, the circus, and the rodeo; and much more. A chapter is included on breeds throughout the world, including anatomy, care, and treatment of the horse.
The nearly 800 remarkable illustrations carefully selected from sources all over the world - some taken expressly for this edition and never before published - convey the beauty and excitement of discovery and development of the horse through the ages. They include rare photographs, engravings, painting, and other illustrations: Lascaux cave drawings of wild horses, antique stirrups, Pisanello's studies of the horse's proportions, school airs, (passage, piaffe, pesada, capriole, etc.), Caprilli and other great masters in action, modern proponents (D'Inzeo brothers, William Steinkraus, and others) in both correct and incorrect performances, bridling a horse, holding the reins, as well as famous foundation horses, scenes of the Derby, the Royal Ascot, the great races at Saratoga, Aintree, Auteuil, and many more.« less