Horses don’t just run around race tracks you know!

 The horse in art by John Baskett

Yale University Press, 2006

Yale University Press, 2006

One of the loveliest creatures on the planet has long played a prominent role in all forms of visual art, and these beautiful books demonstrates why.

The horse : 30,000 years of the horse in art by Tamsin Pickeral

Merrell, 2006

Merrell, 2006

Hollywood hoofbeats : trails blazed across the silver screen by Petrine Day Mitchum with Audrey Pavia

BowTie Press, 2005

BowTie Press, 2005

The authors here explore the careers and treatment of the equine stars of Hollywood (and their handlers), from westerns and historical epics to romantic comedies and contemporary blockbusters such as The Lord of the Rings. The story, unfortunately, is not always a happy one.

The horse : photographic images, 1839 to the present by Gerald Lang and Lee Marks

H.N. Abrams, 1991

H.N. Abrams, 1991

Photography is particularly well placed to capture the sheer dynamic quality of the horse, and this survey reveals the surprising (and sometimes shocking) inspiration photographers have found in this beautiful creature.

 

Okay, I suppose I’d better include the Melbourne Cup!

Finish of the Melbourne Cup, 1891

Finish of the Melbourne Cup, 1891

 

 

 

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