2009. Item #14271
Ryder, Tom. The Evolution of Many Modern Breeds of Light Horses. Lexington, KY: Carriage Association of America and Carriage Museum of America 2009. 136p, many photos and ills. from old sources, many in color. Fwd. by Ken Wheeling. New paperbound (light shelfwear). ** Tom Ryder's last book, about how several native British breeds of driving and riding horses "acquired their distinctive characteristics" in the 18th and 19th centuries. With much on early blood horses (Thoroughbreds and "eastern" lines), trotting breeds in East Anglia, Yorkshire trotters and roadsters, hunters, army horses, the Hackney horse and pony, and more. A labor of love and expertise. In Ken Wheeling's words, "[this book] is the result of a lifetime spent with horses and the men and women who owned them and knew them, of long, quiet hours looking for a merest mention of some abstruse historical fact, and time spent watching horse after horse as it demonstrated its prowess around the ring before an admiring crowd." Excellent value. (Pub. at $43.50).