Horses is the ultimate book for any child who loves horses, or dreams of having a pony of her or his own. It is a lavishly illustrated compilation of all you could ever want to know about the wonderful world of horses. The journey begins with early horses and their relatives, exploring how horses evolved and were domesticated. Did you know that in the wild, the mares of the herd make the decisions and the stallion follows? Natural successors to this story are native ponies, whose furry fetlocks and cuddly nature have made many a child fall in love. Learn about the world of working horses, past and present. Discover how the word "horsepower" has its origin in the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century, when horses provided the energy to power machines, transportation, and mines. The sheer versatility of horses makes them natural performers - and the spectacular steps of the Spanish Riding School's snowy white stallions will take your breath away. There's also a chapter on horses in sports - marvel at the incredible stamina required for endurance races across the desert, and the speed, strength, and agility essential for success in polo, barrel racing, horse trials, and harness racing. Feature spreads bring added allure to this colorful compendium - read all about famous horses in literature, such as Anna Sewell's much-loved Black Beauty, and the heroic horses that have made history through their bravery in battle. Be amazed by the stunts performed on horseback in Western movies, and horrified by the casualty rates of medieval jousting contests.