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The Nature Of Horses

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Horses have a shared history with man going back millennia to their domestication around 4000 B.C. Yet only in very recent years have scientists begun to turn the tools of modern science on this remarkable animal that has been so wrapped up in human dreams and legends. Now modern scientific research is beginning to explain long-standing mysteries about the true nature of t ...more
Published February 1st 1998 by Orion Publishing Group (first published April 8th 1997)
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Jan 28, 2012 Aliya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, animals
This was a good book, went over the history of horses, how they were domesticated and why domestication worked out, and a bit about their anatomy and how apparently they aren't actually supposed to be able to survive because they can eat food of the poorest quality: they can 'thrive on grasses that a cow would starve to death on.' LOL really interesting to find out. It's really informative and helping me since I'm going to a 'ranch' every week, although of course I can't actually understand ever ...more
Jul 19, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it
This is an interesting read about (you guessed it) the nature of horses, from the former editor of Nature Magazine.

Interesting facts I picked up: Horses can see red and blue but not green.

Horse sounds: Nickering is a sound that baby horses would make to tell their mothers they want to nurse. Unlike most baby animal sounds, it's low in pitch. The lower frequency is meant to be *felt* through the mother's body, rather than heard. Lower pitch sounds travel better this way. A whinny is a higher pi
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Apr 18, 2015 Goele Lousbergh rated it really liked it
some stuff I didn't know after 20+ years with horses and a lot of scientific confirmation of things I always assumed to be true. I will go on to read his books about cats and dogs too.
Jan 22, 2014 J.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Budiansky's writing, and I enjoyed this book (I didn't realize it was for younger readers until I started reading it). It's very informative without being overwhelming, and I learned a lot about horses (seeing as how I didn't know much to begin with, this wasn't a hard thing to accomplish). Still, they aren't a favorite animal of mine and he managed to keep me interested. Perfect for someone who already loves horses -- I plan on giving my copy to my oldest niece!
Apr 14, 2011 Enikő marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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After enjoying the beginning of this book, I find it is getting too complicated for me right now. It started out as a bit technical, but easy to digest. Now, my mind's not really into calculating - or even understanding - ratios of length and speed, or weight and bone density, to name a few...

I may come back to this sometime, but it's going back on the shelf unfinished for now.
Jun 12, 2015 Meaghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lovely, easy to read book.
Budiansky's writing is excellent and while being thorough he made the information very easy to swallow. It was perhaps not as in depth as I'd have liked, but that is more personal preference than a reflection of this book. Certainly learned a lot, would recommend for those interested in the finer points of horses.
Jan 30, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for the amount of research, 3 stars for maintaining my interest = 4 stars. Some interesting points but nothing that blew me away.
Nov 21, 2011 Boronia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: equestrian
Interesting and informatif, I enjoyed reading this book.
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it it was ok
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Pressie
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Historian and journalist STEPHEN BUDIANSKY is the author of twelve books about military history, science, and nature.

His latest book is THE BLOODY SHIRT: TERROR AFTER APPOMATTOX, which chronicles the struggles of five courageous men in the post-Civil War South as they battled a rising tide of terrorist violence aimed at usurping the newly won rights of the freedmen.
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