Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, a Passion (Hardback)Melissa Holbrook Pierson (author)
Hardback Published: 22/03/2001
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An exploration of the fascination and romance of horses. The author discusses the obsession with tackle and boots, the willingness to get dirty, to live with manure and hay, and to polish leather until it shines. She remembers the enthusiasm with which young girls read detailed treatises on equine behaviour. She recalls the burgeoning collections of combs, brushes and hats. The book is also a piece of writing about the horse and its extraordinary and tragic history of domestication by humans. For thousands of years, until the close of World War II, horses died by the million in military encounters and harsh agricultural work. The author reminds us that it has been less than a century since commerce, travel and war relied on the muscles and bones of horses. She has written this book in praise of a powerful and gentle creature.
Publisher: Granta Books
Weight: 409 g
Dimensions: 223 x 144 mm
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