This immensely entertaining and historically important book provides the first ever in-depth study into how man's partnership with his equine companion changed the course of history and accelerated human development. It took a cultural nomad and intellectual maverick such as Bjarke Rink, who was born in Denmark and now lives in Brazil, to think outside the box of traditional equestrian theology. The dedicated horseman spent years studying the symbiotic blending of human intellect and equine speed, documenting how these two unique life-forms connect to each other to create a superior being - the legendary centaur! "My challenge was to find the human role in the neurophysiology of equitation and to crack the Centaur enigma," Rink said. The author's pioneering research blends the ancient art of horsemanship with cutting-edge 21st century scientific thought, taking the reader on a galloping tale stretching from the ancient Central Asian birthplace of horsemanship to the laboratories which are helping fuel the great equestrian renaissance which is occurring around the world today. "The Centaur Legacy" is a wonderful read - pithy, witty, never condescending as so many academic tracts are. It will be an inspirational guide to a new generation of horse lovers and free thinkers all over the world. The academic and equestrian worlds are already praising this ground-breaking work. "Hugely entertaining, thought-provoking and informative, this impressive book takes a fresh and sometimes irreverent look at the closely linked history of horse and man," said Caroline Burt, Editor for J. A. Allen Publishing in London, England. "The Centaur Legacy is interesting and provocative, with novel and challenging ideas," reported Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith, of Equus Magazine. And Jeremy James, FRGS, author of "Saddletramp" and "Debt of Honour," praised Rink's work, saying "The Centaur Legacy is a work of towering importance. No one has had the courage, knowledge, skill, nor the understanding - ever - to deliver such mould-shattering work!"