the tacK room by PauLa SeLLS

Horse & Hound - - Gift Guide - JG

AN un­be­liev­able 27 dis­ci­plines are cov­ered in this story of sad­dlery and har­ness, but this top-notch book is more than just a look at the lat­est in­no­va­tions — it re­flects our so­cial his­tory and chang­ing at­ti­tude to the horse over the past 300 years.

Each chap­ter takes a be­hind-the-scenes look at a dis­ci­pline, with a nos­tal­gic nar­ra­tive that weaves in and out of to­day’s modern-day tack re­quire­ments.

This delve into the past, present and fu­ture is fas­ci­nat­ing and in­tro­duces the reader to all sorts of in­trigu­ing in­for­ma­tion — whether that’s about the finest kit in the world at the Royal Mews or cut­ting-edge sad­dle de­sign and man­u­fac­ture in Wal­sall; the re­quire­ments of stunt and film horses to the his­tory of

Great Bri­tain’s beach don­keys; or how fam­ily favourite Olympians Mary King and Carl Hester man­age their yard and horses.

Great read­ing, ed­u­ca­tional and a ver­i­ta­ble trea­sure trove. What’s not to like? mer­lin un­win books £30 iSbN 9781910723777

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