The Epic History of Our Noble CompanionBook - 2015
Horses have a story to tell, one of resilience, sociability, and intelligence, and of partnership with human beings. In The Horse, the journalist and equestrienne Wendy Williams brings that story to life. Williams chronicles the 56-million-year journey of horses as she visits with horse experts around the world, revealing what our biological affinities and differences can tell us about the bond between horses and humans, and what our noble companion may think and feel. Indeed, recent breakthroughs regarding the cognitive capacities of the horse and its ability to adapt to changing ecosystems indicate that this animal is an evolutionary triumph. Williams charts the fascinating course that leads to modern Equus - from the protohorse to the thoroughbreds of today - creating a unique biography of the horse as a sentient being with a finely nuanced mind. She also observes magnificent cave art that signals our respect for horses well before they were domesticated, visits Wyoming to understand the dynamics of mustangs, contemplates what life is like for the Garrano horses who thrive on the rugged terrain of Galicia, celebrates the Takhi horses of Mongolia, and more. The Horse is a revelatory account of the animal who has been at our side through the ages. Enriched by Williams's own experience with horses, The Horse is a masterful work that pays tribute to this champion of the natural world.
Publisher: New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: [x], 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm