North American Sport Horse Breeder This new reference work, directed to the breeder of sport horses, specifically those in North America, presents the breeder with a fresh way to evaluate equine genetics through the pedigree, a method to identify key individuals in the ancestry that can be dominance building candidates, and with instruction on how to use this information to construct the most advantageous mating. The application of these breeding principles is focused on the Olympic-style sport horse but is just as applicable to all other equine breeding endeavors. Sure to surprise many is the revelation of how long and how committed North Americans have been in creating and enjoying true sport horses. The history section identifies the untapped sport potential that resides in our usually ignored domestic breeds; many of them carry far more sport DNA than we see in the genetic spectrum of the currently popular European horse. Kathleen Hiney Kirsan You may say I am the least likely person to have written a book about sport horse breeding. I was not part of the horse culture in my younger years, and I did not even own a horse until I was 39. I was born in Boston and raised in its suburbs; I spent most of my adult life working in the construction industry. My entry into breeding began with a Thoroughbred mare that was a cull from the racetrack. I became intrigued with the names in her pedigree, and this then began my study of bloodlines and heredity. My passion coincided with the appearance of great works in the Thoroughbred industry that evaluated which pedigree patterns were producing winners. Because I understood genetics work the same in every equine, I applied the Thoroughbred industry's findings to my own program, which resulted in immediate improvements in my foals.
Author: Kathleen Hiney Kirsan
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
LEGACY OF LEXINGTON Is the American Thoroughbred a sprint-only breed? Are only stamina-bred Thoroughbreds suitable for Olympic-style sport breeding? Is America new to international sport horse breeding? Are there any American Thoroughbred bloodlines that excel in show jumping, dressage, and eventing? You will find the answers to those questions and more in Legacy of Lexington, a book written expressly as a reference for the sport horse breeder in North America. This is also the story of Lexington, one of the greatest racehorses of all time, whose record as a stallion has never been bettered-a position he's held for over one hundred fifty years. This book will detail both how, contrary to the current dogma in sport horse circles, it is in America that breeders developed the definitive distance racehorse in the world, and also where you can find those bloodlines in the Thoroughbred and other American breeds. You will learn the story of what happened when our American horse traveled to Europe to compete in the mid-1800s, and how the excellence of Lexington's bloodline, his close relatives and his peers, threatened to overwhelm the British and European racing industry in the late 19th century with their devastating racing superiority. This shocking display of racing class and athleticism resulted in the British Jockey Club overreacting by banning the American Thoroughbred from the breed studbook and from breeding worldwide. You will also discover that the American sportsman has been fielding a successful international sport horse (Hunter-part TB) since the late 1800s. Here you will find why the modern American Thoroughbred is different from every other Thoroughbred breeding population, and how it came to be the highest rated in the world. It will show you the 'hidden' American bloodlines found in the best English, French, Italian, and German Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods, and also how and why unsoundness has become attached to contemporary bloodlines and what we as breeders can do about it; including explaining how you can apply Tesio Methods to bring back the soundness and athletic strength of our former breed of super horses to your sport product of today. Kathleen H. Kirsan The author, Kathleen Kirsan, has been involved with sport horse breeding since 1988 and has been writing on the subject since 2003. Driven by a deep interest in genetics and how it applies to sport horse performance, she has become a leader in pedigree evaluation and employing Tesio Methods to sport horse design. With a well-respected website, www.sport-horse-breeder.com, on the air, she is also frequently consulted by breeders and breed associations for her knowledge of bloodlines and equine history. Besides being a prolific author of well-read web articles, she has published writings for magazines and trade journals, as well as a book on the North American sport horse, its history, and its bloodlines: North American Sport Horse Breeder."
Author: Kathleen H. Kirsan
Category: Sports & Recreation
Written for those involved in riding, training or breeding today's competition horses, and especially valuable for anyone wishing to buy a horse for a chosen competition.
Evaluating Athletic Potential in Dressage, Jumping and Event Prospects
Author: Christian Schacht
Category: Competition horses
STANDARDBRED SPORT HORSES First and foremost this is a reference, history, and evaluation of the American Standardbred for the North American sport horse breeder and competitor. With ample documentation through historical sources, pedigree evaluation, DNA studies, and performance records you will learn that the Standardbred is not just a harness prospect, but in fact is one of the best all-around ridden sport horse breeds--and has always been so right from its creation. This book provides much evidence on the true origin of equine sport, not just in the American breeds but worldwide as well. Sport talent is identified in these breed's ancestors and followed right down through the generations to the modern potent carriers. And you will discover these talented sport sources did not just power our best achievers, but top European competition horses and provided leading sire lines in worldwide sport, winning for WBFSH members even while being systematically banned from the European product. You will meet contemporary competitors from around the world riding Standardbreds to victory in open competitions in all manner of Olympic style sport. With the knowledge provided, the sport horse breeder will be able to choose with confidence the bloodlines best suited for their goals. Several topics which were discussed and enlarged in my previous two books come to completion here, such as the origin of the jump trait which is the power behind every successful modern jumping horse, is traced back through its major branches right to its root. More data is compiled about the true foundation of dressage ability. Another subject covered is the crisis the American breeder of sport horses finds themselves in our new international arena, with some surprisingly simple solutions provided. Throughout the book there are over 200 pictures and over 200 full page pedigrees, as well nine appendices, a full bibliography and three indexes. Kathleen H. Kirsan Kathleen Kirsan is an equine writer with a well-respected website: www.sport-horse-breeder.com, and is the author of three books on the sport horse: North American Sport Horse Breeder, Legacy of Lexington and now Standardbred Sport Horses. An expert on Tesio Methods, sport horse pedigrees and sport horse history, she is often consulted by individuals and breed organizations. She is instrumental in returning the lost knowledge of the first American sport horse breed, the Running Horse, back to the American equestrian, and has unraveled other mysteries such as the origin of the jumping trait--all through decades of historical and pedigree research. She is an outspoken critic on the monopoly the European Union has attempted in sport horse breeding.
Author: Kathleen H. Kirsan
Category: Sports & Recreation
From the Pryor Mountain Mustang to the Tennessee Walking Horse, North America is home to an amazing variety of horses. In this lavish, photograph-filled guide, Judith Dutson provides 96 in-depth profiles that include each breed’s history, special uses, conformation standards, and more. You’ll learn about homegrown favorites like the Morgan, Appaloosa, and Quarter Horse, as well as exotic imports like the Mangalarga Marchador and the Selle Français. Take a continental horse tour without ever leaving your home.
Author: Judith Dutson
Publisher: Storey Publishing
A Worldwide Guide to Breeding and Bloodlines
Author: Deborah Wallin,Debbie Wallin,Celia Clarke
Publisher: Half Halt Press
Category: Horse breeds
There is no book – there can be no book – that will infallibly point the way to successful bloodstock breeding. Yet in the General Stud Book, the sport of horse racing has produced a genetic record extending over more than two centuries and a score of generations that contains an ordered store of facts about the hereditary qualities of one living species – data that no scientific body possesses. Here is the recorded experience of the man who, above all others of our time, has deciphered the riddle of its manifold pages: Federico Tesio.Tesio and Nearco and Ribot are the names of the greatest breeder, the outstanding sire, and the most consistent winner of the twentieth century, and perhaps of all time. The astonishing and prolonged success of the Italian stud at Dormello was the result not merely of an encyclopaedic knowledge of recorded facts about equine dynasties and the history of the thoroughbred but of wide practical experience in all parts of the world and acute, sustained and minute observation of the characteristics of particular horses and bloodlines. The essence of Tesio’s philosophy and something of his genius has been distilled into this gem of a book.
Author: Federico Tesio,Edward Spinola
Publisher: J. A. Allen, Limited
A standard reference on horse breeds, illustrated and updated Celebrating the animal that has been a stalwart servant to humankind for countless generations, Bonnie Hendricks’s International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds is the most thorough compilation of horse breeds ever attempted. The nearly four hundred entries, arranged alphabetically, include foundation breeds now extinct as well as extant breeds from across the globe. Each entry details the breed’s origin and background, size, appearance, chief use, and status (rare versus common). A list of breed associations and government departments that supplied data and photographs for the encyclopedia has been fully updated for this edition. With its breadth and depth of coverage, as well as 530 black-and-white and 32 color illustrations, the encyclopedia continues to be a standard international reference.
Author: Bonnie L. Hendricks
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
An amazing variety of horse breeds roam North America’s vast and geographically diverse landscape. This detailed portable handbook celebrates the unique qualities of 96 regional breeds, from the sleek muscles of racing thoroughbreds and the stoic power of draft horses to the easy gait of pleasure horses at your local farm. Fascinating facts about each horse breed’s size, talents, and suitability for various types of work are accompanied by full-color photographs in this fun and informative reference guide.
The Pocket Guide to 96 Essential Breeds
Author: Judith Dutson
Publisher: Storey Publishing
A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the James Taite Black Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Rathbones Folio Prize • Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book Named a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly • GQ • The New York Times (Selected by Dwight Garner) • NPR • The Wall Street Journal • San Francisco Chronicle • Refinery29 • Booklist • Kirkus Reviews • Commonweal Magazine "In its poetic splendor and moral seriousness, The Sport of Kings bears the traces of Faulkner, Morrison, and McCarthy. . . . It is a contemporary masterpiece."—San Francisco Chronicle Hailed by The New Yorker for its “remarkable achievements,” The Sport of Kings is an American tale centered on a horse and two families: one white, a Southern dynasty whose forefathers were among the founders of Kentucky; the other African-American, the descendants of their slaves. It is a dauntless narrative that stretches from the fields of the Virginia piedmont to the abundant pastures of the Bluegrass, and across the dark waters of the Ohio River; from the final shots of the Revolutionary War to the resounding clang of the starting bell at Churchill Downs. As C. E. Morgan unspools a fabric of shared histories, past and present converge in a Thoroughbred named Hellsmouth, heir to Secretariat and a contender for the Triple Crown. Newly confronted with one another in the quest for victory, the two families must face the consequences of their ambitions, as each is driven---and haunted---by the same, enduring question: How far away from your father can you run? A sweeping narrative of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow of slavery and a moral epic for our time.
Author: C. E. Morgan
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Horses will introduce new and prospective owners to every aspect of buying, riding, grooming, handling, stabling, training and caring for horses. Readers will learn about the various horse breeds, what to wear while riding, how to saddle and mount a horse, and how to choose the right vet.
Author: P.J. Dempsey,Sarah Montague
Conformation concerns body structure and anatomy. In this comprehensive volume, Heather Smith Thomas explains how conformation relates to function and what to look for when evaluating a horse. She teaches the reader to see beyond a horse's physical beauty to identify desirable attributes and potential faults, and with copious illustrations and explanations, trains the eye to recognize the hallmarks of soundness, durability, trainability, and athletic potential. Thomas begins with an in-depth discussion of equine anatomy and the importance of balance and proportion. She also explains how to detect "heart," that indefinable quality that distinguishes a horse from his peers and compels him to excel. The book concludes with real-world applications of the principles of good conformation, including helping a horse succeed by matching him with the right job and what the conformation of the aging horse can tell you. Horses with good conformation move fluidly, experience less wear and tear on joints, and are more apt to stay fit and sound during a long life of service. Whether you're buying your first horse, choosing breeding stock, or simply want to learn more about your equine companion, The Horse Conformation Handbook will help you understand horses better than ever before.
Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Storey Books
This is the only guidebook collecting the official North America breed associations’ standards and conformations, making it a much-needed, handy, and comprehensive reference. Like the American Kennel Club's The Complete Dog Book (now in its 20th printing), this is the book for horse breeds. For each of 118 North American breeds--from ponies and small horses to pleasure horses, draft horses, and thoroughbred racers--the massive 200,000-word guide provides an official history, detailed conformation ideals, descriptions of gait and distinctive traits, temperament, colors, and variations. Fine color photographs complete the detailed picture each entry presents. This guide is destined to become the bible of the horse world.
The Complete Guide to the Standards of All North American Equine Breed Associations
Author: Fran Lynghaug
Publisher: Voyageur Press
The dramatic true story of two brothers living parallel lives on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border—and how their lives converged in a major criminal conspiracy José and Miguel Treviño were bonded by blood and a shared vision of a better life. But they chose different paths that would end at the same violent crossroads—with considerable help from the FBI and an enigmatic, all-American snitch. José was a devoted family man who cut no corners in his pursuit of the American dream. Born in Nuevo Laredo, a Mexican border town on a crucial smuggling route, José was one of thirteen children raised by a hardworking ranch hand. He grew up loving the sprawling countryside and its tough, fast quarter horses, but in search of opportunity he crossed the border into Texas to look for work as a bricklayer. He kept his nose clean. He stayed out of trouble. Back in Mexico, José’s younger brother Miguel was leading a different life. While José struggled to make ends meet, Miguel ascended to the top ranks of Los Zetas, a notoriously bloody drug cartel—his crimes had become the stuff of legend and myth on both sides of the border. He was said to have burned rivals alive, murdered Mexican and American law enforcement officers, and launched grenades at a U.S. consulate. José, married with kids and now a U.S. citizen, gave every indication of rejecting his brother’s criminal lifestyle. Then one day he showed up at a quarter-horse auction and bid close to a million dollars for a horse—the largest amount ever paid for a quarter horse at an auction. The humble bricklayer quickly became a major player in the quarter-horse racing scene that thrived in the American Southwest and Mexico. That caught the attention of an eager young FBI agent named Scott Lawson. He enlisted Tyler Graham, an American rancher who would eventually breed José’s champion horse—nicknamed Bones—to help the FBI infiltrate what was revealing itself to be a major money-laundering operation, with the ultimate goal of capturing the infamous Miguel Treviño. Joe Tone’s riveting, exquisitely layered crime narrative, set against the high-stakes world of horse racing, is an intimate story about family, loyalty, and the tragic costs of a failed drug war. Compelling and complex, Bones sheds light on the perilous lives of American ranchers, the morally dubious machinery of drug and border enforcement, and the way greed and fear mingle with race, class, and violence along America’s vast Southwestern border. Advance praise for Bones “One magnificent piece of border reporting.”—Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic “Bones is a riveting read that transcends the larger-than-life cartels, cowboys, and fast horses at its heart. It’s about how hard it is to determine what makes a good guy and a bad guy along our embattled border.”—Joe Drape, author of the New York Times bestseller American Pharoah “What a cast of characters: a bloodthirsty Mexican drug lord, his unassuming blue-collar brother, a daring Texas rancher, and an idealistic young FBI agent. And then there are the racehorses, as fast as the wind, competing for million-dollar purses on the quarter-horse tracks of the American Southwest. Through amazingly detailed research, Joe Tone has brought us a riveting tale about the pursuit of justice in the most dangerous of worlds.”—Skip Hollandsworth, author of the New York Times bestseller The Midnight Assassin
Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream
Author: Joe Tone
Publisher: One World
Category: Social Science
Before crude oil and the combustion engine, the industrialized world relied on a different kind of power - the power of the horse. Horses in Society is the story of horse production in the United States, Britain, and Canada at the height of the species' usefulness, the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century. Margaret E. Derry shows how horse breeding practices used during this period to heighten the value of the animals in the marketplace incorporated a intriguing cross section of influences, including Mendelism, eugenics, and Darwinism. Derry elucidates the increasingly complex horse world by looking at the international trade in army horses, the regulations put in place by different countries to enforce better horse breeding, and general aspects of the dynamics of the horse market. Because it is a story of how certain groups attempted to control the market for horses, by protecting their breeding activities or 'patenting' their work, Horses in Society provides valuable background information to the rapidly developing present-day problem of biological ownership. Derry's fascinating study is also a story of the evolution of animal medicine and humanitarian movements, and of international relations, particularly between Canada and the United States.
A Story of Animal Breeding and Marketing Culture, 1800-1920
Author: Margaret E. Derry
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Covering many different diagnostic tools, this essential resource explores both traditional treatments and alternative therapies for conditions that can cause gait abnormalities in horses. Broader in scope than any other book of its kind, this edition describes equine sporting activities and specific lameness conditions in major sport horse types, and includes up-to-date information on all imaging modalities. This title includes additional digital media when purchased in print format. For this digital book edition, media content may not be included. Cutting-edge information on diagnostic application for computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging includes the most comprehensive section available on MRI in the live horse. Coverage of traditional treatment modalities also includes many aspects of alternative therapy, with a practical and realistic perspective on prognosis. An examination of the various types of horses used in sports describes the lameness conditions to which each horse type is particularly prone, as well as differences in prognosis. Guidelines on how to proceed when a diagnosis cannot easily be reached help you manage conditions when faced with the limitations of current diagnostic capabilities. Clinical examination and diagnostic analgesia are given a special emphasis. Practical, hands-on information covers a wide range of horse types from around the world. A global perspective is provided by a team of international authors, editors, and contributors. A full-color insert shows thermography images. Updated chapters include the most current information on topics such as MRI, foot pain, stem cell therapy, and shock wave treatment. Two new chapters include The Biomechanics of the Equine Limb and its Effect on Lameness and Clinical Use of Stem Cells, Marrow Components, and Other Growth Factors. The chapter on the hock has been expanded substantially, and the section on lameness associated with the foot has been completely rewritten to include state-of-the-art information based on what has been learned from MRI. Many new figures appear throughout the book.
Author: Michael W. Ross,Sue J. Dyson
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Offering a complete list of prescriptive solutions to a variety of ailments, this resource provides Miniature horse owners and veterinarians with the information they need to safely and appropriately treat health issues that affect the breed. Miniature horses differ significantly from large horses and are often victims of the undesirable consequences of miscalculated treatments. With a special chapter by Kentucky Equine Research nutritional specialist, Dr. Steve Duren, horse owners will also gain valuable advice on the particular nutritional needs of the Miniature horse.
A Veterinary Guide for Owners and Breeders
Author: Rebecca L. Frankeny,Steven Duren
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
For nearly 250 years the people who built, defined, and defended Canada relied on horses to help get their job done. One breed stood out during that period for its outstanding role in Canadian life. It's known as "The Canadian, Le Canadien." In 2002, Parliament officially declared The Canadian to be Canada's national horse. The origins of the breed are in horses sent to New France at the express order of King Louis XIV. Beyond Quebec, Canadians carried settlers and the first North West Mounted Police into western Canada. They were also on hand to drag artillery and supplies through mud and thunder to Canada's victorious troops during the Battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.
The Fascinating Story of Canada's National Breed
Author: Art Montague
An invaluable guide for the horse owner or horse lover, this illustrated directory features color photographs of major breeds for identification, sections on rare breeds, as well as detailed and practical information on the care, training, breeding, and showing of horses. This hardcover reference is a comprehensive visual directory of the officially recognized world horse breeds. It includes coimprehensive coverage of lesser-known breeds, and full-color identification photographs are accompanied by information on key features of the breed. Also, contains the at-a-glance information boxes highlight height range and ancestry.
A Comprehensive Visual Directory of the World's Horse Breeds
Author: Susan McBane
Publisher: Wellfleet Press
There is no creature that quite embodies the beauty and grandeur of the American West as does the wild horse. For thousands of years, the horse has roamed the plains and valleys of the American continent, free of the encumbrances of man or the saddle. In America’s Wild Horses, award-winning photographer and lifelong horse lover Steven Price celebrates the timeless magnificence of the American mustang. Meticulously researched, Price offers a cultural history of the American wild horse that is unparalleled in its exquisite detail and poignant prose. Beginning with chapters on prehistoric equines, Price sweeps through all the most important historical epochs in the history of the American mustang. Detailed accounts of horse-breeding in the Southwest, Native American horsemanship, and mustangs in the golden age of the iconic American cowboys each detail the profound impact that the wild horse has had in shaping American culture. Later chapters chronicle the legacy of the horse in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, specifically emphasizing the legal and scientific measures that are being taken by horse-lovers across the country to ensure that later generations will also be able to witness the majesty of the wild horse. Featuring dozens of stunning photographs by the author, and interspersed with firsthand interviews with some of the most renowned horse experts today, America’s Wild Horses is a required read for all equine lovers.
The History of the Western Mustang
Author: Steve Price
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.