Item #31779 American Running Horse; A Forgotten Breed. Kathleen H. Kirsan.

American Running Horse; A Forgotten Breed

N.p. Author, 2023. First edition. Hardcover (plasticized boards). 429p, many old ills. No jacket, as issued. New. Item #31779

The author identifies what she calls the American Running Horse as the very versatile "base of our light horse breeds, and [also] the genetic source of their excellent sport abilities." She presents documentary, anecdotal, and genetic evidence that its parent breeds were 17th- and 18th-century importations of the Irish Hobby, Scottish Galloway, and English Running Horse, not the later Oriental strains. She argues that over time the American Running Horse was deliberately expunged from the "modern sport horse narrative" as interested horsemen began to promote specialized breeds, such as the Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Saddle Horse, Morgan, and Quarter Horse. With much on various early stud books--their errors and the surrounding rivalries and controversies. The book could have used some better editing, but even so it presents a wealth of hard-to-find information. Whether you agree or not with the findings, there's a lot of food for thought here! Heavy; shipping/handling may be extra. Please keep this in mind when ordering.

Price: $44.00

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