The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion

The Horse The Epic History of Our Noble Companion The book horse lovers have been waiting forHorses have a story to tell one of resilience sociability and intelligence and of partnership with human beings In The Horse the journalist and equestri

  • Title: The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion
  • Author: Wendy Williams
  • ISBN: 9780374224400
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The book horse lovers have been waiting forHorses have a story to tell, one of resilience, sociability, and intelligence, and of partnership with human beings In The Horse, the journalist and equestrienne Wendy Williams brings that story brilliantly to life.Williams chronicles the 56 million year journey of horses as she visits with horse experts around the world, revealiThe book horse lovers have been waiting forHorses have a story to tell, one of resilience, sociability, and intelligence, and of partnership with human beings In The Horse, the journalist and equestrienne Wendy Williams brings that story brilliantly to life.Williams chronicles the 56 million year journey of horses as she visits with horse experts around the world, revealing what our biological affinities and differences can tell us about the bond between horses and humans, and what our noble companion may think and feel Indeed, recent scientific breakthroughs regarding the social and cognitive capacities of the horse and its ability to adapt to changing ecosystems indicate that this animal is a major evolutionary triumph.Williams charts the course that leads to our modern Equus from the protohorse to the Dutch warmbloods, thoroughbreds, and miniature horses of the twenty first century She observes magnificent ancient cave art that signals a deep respect and admiration for horses well before they were domesticated, visits the mountains of Wyoming with an expert in equine behavior to understand the dynamics of free roaming mustangs, witnesses the fluid gracefulness of the famous Lipizzaners of Vienna, contemplates what life is like for the sure footed, mustachioed Garrano horses who thrive on the rugged terrain of Galicia, celebrates the Takhi horses of Mongolia, and She blends profound scientific insights with remarkable stories to create a unique biography of the horse as a sentient being with a fascinating past and a finely nuanced mind.The Horse is a revelatory account of the animal who has been at our side through the ages, carrying us into battle and traveling with us across the plains Enriched by Wendy Williams s own experience with horses, The Horse is a masterful work of narrative nonfiction that pays tribute to this champion of the natural world.

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    About " Wendy Williams "

  • Wendy Williams

    Wendy Williams is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, among many other publications She is the author of several books, including Kraken and Cape Wind, and is a lifelong equestrienne She lives in Mashpee, Massachusetts.


  • tl;dr: highly recommended for anyone who has ever seens a horse and liked it!As both a biologist and a professional equestrian I think I know quite a lot about horses. I have been learning about them from books, scientific articles, from a decade in vet school back in the day, from instructors and trainers and friends, and from horses themselves. Knowing the publisher and editor (COI note: I have published with them in the past), I expected the book to be very good. I did not expect that it woul [...]

  • One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year Those who live and work with horses are justified in believing they know a lot about these animals. They certainly do – at least the ones they work with. But journalist Wendy Williams, in this affectionate and wonderfully readable little essay, describes her discovery that “ horses are much more complicated than that.” Much of the book explores how the behavior of horses adapts to different environments; e.g she even challenges the belief that s [...]

  • I learned a lot from this book, but I wish there was a lot more of narrative of her visiting places with bands of wild horses and describing them. She traveled a lot for the Reseach for the book but it seems like that got glossed over a lot. The book is really heavy on evolution of horses Ok I am just going to say a dumb thing here: I know evolution took a realllllly long time but I wanted it to take up less time in the book.

  • Awesome history of horses and the connection we have with them, written by someone who loves to ask questions and then research the answers. And isn't afraid to say "we don't know" - yet.

  • Although Williams is obviously in love with horses, she doesn't allow this affection to compromise her scholarly approach to surveying the scientific record to see where the horse has come from, and what we know about them currently and where they might be headed in the future. She smartly starts out with her own horse companions and why she found her interactions with them so fascinating. She rightly points that while much money and research time has been devoted to understanding how our other [...]

  • When Cortes invaded Mexico in 1519, his conquest was aided by the 16 horses he brought from Spain. The horse was unknown to the native Indians. So horses must have originated in Eurasia, right? Wrong. The first evidence of horses is from 56 million years ago, in what is now Wyoming. They flourished for 40 million years on the North American continent before a single one appeared in Asia or Europe. What happened?They became extinct in North America about 8,000-11,000 years ago. This coincided wit [...]

  • Reading The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion filled me with awe and wonder at the mystery, not only of horses, but also the mystery of our great and grand world. As a very young girl I was aware of the evolutionary story of the horse, but I had no idea the depth of the mystery or how the dynamic forces of evolution worked. This book is a solid introduction that welcomes me into the conversation, even though I have been a skeptic of evolutionary theory. The Horse opens with a descri [...]

  • I received a copy of this book as a Giveaway on June 24th, 2015 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Thank you so much for sharing this fine book with me. I look forward to reading it soon!This is a really good book. The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion contains loads of information, but none of it 'preached' at you. It presents more like a rambling gossip session. Wendy Williams follows the evolution of the horse, and right along side of that, the evolution of man from the Dawn horse [...]

  • This was a wonderful narrative natural history of the horse. I learned a ton about the evolution of horses and how their population spread and became isolated at times. I know I added two dig sites to my list of places to visit- Ashfall in Nebraska (which I can't believe is only a state park) and Messel in Germany. The author does a wonderful job of balancing the scientific details with stories and anecdotes that keep the book from getting bogged down. Overall, I'd say a great read for those int [...]

  • Everything you want to know about horses, from the time they appeared 56 million years ago through today. How do they behave? How do they think? Williams is a horse lover so her love for horses comes through the writing. My only complaint: Williams covers so much ground that I'm left wanting to know more about the interaction between humans and horses today. Even with that, this a book that provides a lot of interesting and well researched info about horses.

  • I loved this book!! Any one who loves horses should read it. The author has a way with mixing the history of the horse along with some of her own experiences. I was amazed to learn all the various changes that occurred in the environment to create our current day horses. Also of interest was the story behind the "rewilding" of the Takhi horses of Mongolia. A must read for all equine enthusiasts!

  • Loved this book. Loved the chapter on the rewilding of the Takhi horse--I seriously want to go to Mongolia now. I'm a horse crazy person, and despite having worked with and ridden horses for years, and having read and studied them since I could hold a book--I learned many new things from this book. The info is really well researched, so well written, and super fascinating. Loved it!

  • This excellent book by Wendy Williams presents a broad sweep of earth history and science sufficient to kindle a fire of wonder and curiosity. Her style is engaging and fun, while still presenting complex, well-researched information in a way the draws the reader into her discoveries and allows each of us to journey together as old friends. Highly recommended!!!

  • I want to wax poetic on this book.e most thorough but readable exploration of the evolution of the horse with examples from paleontology sites and a great discussion of why why why the horse became the horse of today. It's a gem.

  • We've all read horse books about brilliant horses. Th1s book is a history of the evolution and long, long history of horses; revealing these animals in strikingly different ways than humans have usually portrayed them.At once informative and incredibly readable - I love it.

  • What a terrific book! It's the natural history of the horse, from Eohippus, the "dawn horse," up to modern Equus and cousins, told in a warm, loving way. Highly recommended for anyone interested in geology, natural history, and horses! Great photos and graphs. Love it!

  • An interesting and beautifully written book about horses from the dawn horse to current re-wilding projects. Not terribly scientific, but a nice gift for children or adults who love horses.

  • Short history of horses and people. Personal experiences are vividly portrayed. Some color photos and a few charts.

  • 3 stars because of the reference to the saber-toothed deer ;o)This book was much more "ancient" than I expected -- focusing more on the prehistoric relatives and heritage of the horse and the other early mammals roaming the earth -- which isn't a bad thing (saber-toothed deer!). What bugged me more was the writing itself -- I've read a number of science books, and there's a way to write fact so it reads well without being scripted into narrative. This one felt choppy and sometimes forced; like t [...]

  • Also asked and received this for Christmas. (Thank you, Craig) (He knows me and horses.) I feel so grown up when I read non-fiction. And in a way I feel even more grown up when I can look down on it and say that it wasn't very good. I have 2 chief complaints. First of all, it was a little "gee whiz" about how magical horses arewhich I totally agree with , but thought that had no place in a book like this. And then second, there was a whole section on the importance of the horse's vision as it ev [...]

  • Although I did not always enjoy the author's way of speaking about things, I was very interested by the perspective of this book. The idea that horses and humans have a common evolutionary history that is a large part of the reason for our bond seems like a commonsense notion that could be taken for granted, but I've never before heard someone make a scientific case for it. This gives me a lot to think about in my interactions with the horse I ride, where I have already been striving to engage i [...]

  • I typically am not a huge fan of the travelog / history book. I like history books without the authors personal story. However she did a great job of painting the picture of what the world must have been like during each epoch. I did enjoy the earlier sections of the pre-historic evolution of the horse rather than the later chapters of horse companionship and sociology. I give it 4 stars because of the strength of the first 2/3 of book.

  • It is indeed an epic history, and Williams shows every bit of it, taking nearly 75% of the book to trace the horse to prehistoric origins. There’s so much evolutionary research in here that you’d be forgiven if you occasionally forget the subject at hand, but eventually we get back to the modern horse, the complicated history between the animal and humans, and the amazing adaptations that allow the species to survive in nearly habitat on earth.

  • I wanted to like this book more than I did. The science of the evolution of horses was extremely interesting, but I think I just got tired of it eventually. I would have liked to know more about the history of horses through different human cultures, since one of the themes of the book is about the close bond between humans and horses. That just never really came about. Still an interesting read.

  • I have a renewed respect for horses now. As an equestrian I spent many years riding them, always assuming they weren't that intelligent. Now I know that a) they are very smart in their own way and b) there isn't nearly enough science investigating their minds.

  • Book is filled with so much information about every aspect of our beloved horse. If you love horses you will love this book.

  • A must read for all horse enthusiasts! Read this, keep a copy in your tack room and let it smell of horse and get dog-eared from overuse. Williams careful consideration of the horse human relationship is insightful, exhaustively researched and an asset for your time in the saddle. Her innate curiosity into the minds, histories and nuances of horse and rider is refreshing and sharp. She avoids falling into the sexist, wooy, preachy, halmark-like gofer holes of many other works of equestrian liter [...]

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