The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion

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Horse ranch owners, horse owner, horse lovers, large-animal veterinarians, and all animal lovers must add The Horse to their collections. Although this is a science book, author Wendy Williams is a journalist, with exceptional writing skill that resembles nothing like dry academic science writing. Her book reads almost like a good novel, filled with fascinating stories—dozens and scores of them, each one is a good reading, each one centered on horses. We learn about horses’ long evolution (over fifty-six million years), details of its physiology, psychology, survival under unusual conditions (thriving on a small uninhabited island in Canada’s far north left there two-hundred-fifty years ago), their training, their long partnership with humans, how light- and dark-colored horses survived under different climates and landscapes and so on.For example, as most horse-owners know acorns are toxic to horses but eating them is addictive, and under some local climatic conditions entire herds of wild horses die after a feast. Williams considered everything in their evolution, even geology and tectonics. She included relatively few illustrations. Many people consider wild horse watching like others do whale watching. As befitting to a scientific publication, the book ends with extensive chapter-by-chapter notes.

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Author Wendy Williams
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Scientific American
Publish Date 2015-Oct-27
ISBN 9780374224400
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Issue November 2015
Category Science & Nature


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