Horses of the World by ÉLISE ROUSSEAU, Trans­lated by TERESA LAVEN­DER FA­GAN

Cosmos - - Spectrum - — BILL CONDIE

Prince­s­ton (2017) RRP $ 39.95 Hard­back

THERE IS some­thing for ev­ery horse lover in this beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated over­view of 567 do­mes­tic and wild breeds, each of which is ac­com­pa­nied by su­perb colour draw­ings. It is or­gan­ised along ge­o­graph­i­cal lines with each ac­count pro­vid­ing the horse breed’s height and weight, dis­tri­bu­tion, ori­gins, his­tory, char­ac­ter, at­tributes and uses. As do­mes­tic an­i­mals, all the horses here have been bred to meet the needs of the peo­ple who bred them and, per­haps un­sur­prs­ingly, as our re­liance on the horse gives way ev­ery­where to ma­chin­ery, the vast ma­jor­ity of breeds de­picted in the book are very rare. Some will be gone in 10 years; oth­ers such as the Abaco Span­ish Colo­nial Horse, are prob­a­bly gone al­ready. And, while the global pop­u­la­tion of some 58 mil­lion is shrink­ing slowly, the bat­tle to save the rarest breeds is an ur­gent one.

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