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International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds


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Bonnie L. Hendricks, who bred and raised quarter horses, Appaloosas, and Spanish Barb Mustangs for many years, organized the American Buckskin Horse Registry and the International Buckskin Horse Registry. She spent more than forty years studying horse breeds of the world.

Anthony A. Dent, a leading authority on horses and their history, breeds Arab and Anglo-Arab horses. He is the author or translator of several books, including The Horse through Fifty Centuries of Civilization (author) and They Rode into Europe: The Fruitful Exchange in the Arts of Horsemanship between East and West (translator).


This volume claims to be the most complete compilation of horse breeds ever attempted, including nearly 400 breeds from all over the world. Hendricks has bred and raised several types of horses and has spent over 30 years studying horse breeds. Abandoning the practice of other horse encyclopedias, which attempt to group breeds by function, she simply lists them in alphabetical order. Each breed entry includes information about breed origin and background, size, appearance, chief use, and status (rare vs. common). Most entries include photographs and are of varying length, running from a few paragraphs to several pages. Hendricks obtained this information from breed authorities and organizations, and the appendix includes a complete list of breed associations with addresses. This book should not be compared to Elwyn Hartley Edwards's Encyclopedia of the Horse (LJ 11/15/94) as the latter emphasizes horse evolution and covers far fewer breeds (150). This authoritative effort is highly recommended as an essential purchase for all equine collections and medium to large reference collections.‘Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll. Lib., Rochester, N.Y.

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