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Horses in History: A Bibliography
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United States Bureau of Animal Industry, Animal Husbandry Division and S. R. Speelman. Stallion Enrollment and the Horse-Breeding Situation. US Department of Agriculture. Washington, D.C. 1935. 25 p. illust, photos, color drawings. Note: A US War Department document.
NAL call no.: 1.9 An52St
Descriptors: horse stables, manual for US Sergeants, anatomy, physiology, conformation, stable hygiene, control of animals, uses of medicines, diseases and injuries, list of authorities consulted, USA.  

United States Congress. House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Subcommittee on Public Health and Welfare. Horse Protection Act of 1970 Hearing,Ninety-first Congress, second session on H. R. 14151. H. R. 15261. S. 2543. September 21, 1970. US Govt. Printing Office. Washington, DC. 1970. 143 p., ill.
NAL call no.: SF56.U5
Descriptors: laws protecting horses,horses used in shows, racers, trotters, competitive events, travel, care requirements, treatments in training, soring of horses, USA.

United States National Guard Bureau. Care of Public Animals and Leather Equipment Issued to the National Guard Prepared by the Militia Bureau February, 1920. US Govt. Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC. 1920. 36 p., ill., col. pl.
NAL call no.: 152.21 C18
Descriptors: military horses, horses used in public situations, horse care, stable management, equipment, saddles, USA.

United States. War Dept. Manual for Stable Sergeants. 1917. US Govt. Printing Office, Washington, DC. 1917. 219, [1] p., ill., col. pl. Note: War Department no. 611.
NAL call no.: 152.21 M31S
Descriptors: horses in the military, anatomy, physiology, conformation, stable hygiene, control of animals, illnesses, uses of medicines, diseases and injuries management, quarantine, USA.

Vernam, Glenn R. Man on Horseback. Harper and Row. New York, Evanston, and London. 1965. 436p., ill. Note: Drawings of horse related equipment by the author.
NAL call no.: 42 V592
Descriptors: horse use through many ages, types and breeds of horses, prehistoric distribution, several migrations across the Bering Strain land bridge to Asia, extinction in North America, horses as food for hunter gathering peoples, origins of modern strains, domestication of horses in parts of Asia and the Middle East 6-7,00 B.C., expansion of range to Asia, Africa and Europe, Phoenicians in horse trading, the evolution of the ass in North Africa, used for milk and riding, mules, development of horsemanship, the horse in ancient cultures and myths, horses in sports, religion, war, and literature, reintroduction to the New World, clothing, horse riding and military equipment through the ages and from different cultures, saddles, stirrups, boots, bits, muzzles, stockman, Native Americans, warriors, explorers on horses, cowboys, U.S. Pony Express, mounted postmen, horse racing, horse women, redeos, horses in contests and competitions.  

Vernon, Arthur. The History and Romance of the Horse. Waverly House, Boston. 1939. 525 p. Ill.. Note: Illustrated by Ernst John Donnelly.
NAL call no.: 42 V59
Descriptors: horse evolution, domestication and uses by early humans, horse in ancient myths and relations, use of horses, Assyrian chariot design and equipment, Persians venerated and lived closely with horses, different characteristics of early horse breeds, Bedouin horses, care and pampering, horses in hunting wild animals, Roman chariot racing as sport, wild horse types, tarpans, behaviors, mustangs in the US, bronco busting, Medieval horses and knights, armor, chargers, crusades and horses, horses for transport, Conestoga wagons, Native American relationship with horses, U.S Pony express, Polo ponies, use of horses in movies, Cavalry horses, fire engine horses, early retirement farms for horses, horse welfare, Henry Bergh and horse protection laws, Thoroughbreds, Eclipse, turf and track race horses, steeple-chasing, flat racing, trotters, light and draft horse breeds, donkeys, mules.

Vosburgh, W. S., Charles D. Lanier, Frank J. Bryan and James C. Cooley. Thoroughbred Types, 1900-1925; Photographic Portraits of Notable Racehorses, Steeplechase and Cross-Country Horses, Hunters and Polo Ponies, with Descriptive Texts. Private Printing. New York 1926. 277 p., ill. Note: Sponsored by The National Steeplechase and Hunt Association and the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America.
NAL call no.: 42 T392
Descriptors: races horses, steeplechase horses, cross country horses, hunters, polo ponies, thoroughbreds, names of horses, owners and trainers, riders, USA.

Wall, John F. A Horseman’s Handbook on Practical Breeding. Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Myrtle Beach , S. C. 1939. 310p. ill. Note: Photo. Some pedigree tables. Map of U.S. mule and horse populations.
NAL call no.: 42 W152H
Descriptors: biblical references to the horse, ancient horse centers, breeds of horses in the 1930’s, breed descriptions and characteristics, light breeds, Arabs, Barbs, Thoroughbred, stud books, Matchem line of American Thoroughbreds, War Admiral, Sea Biscuit, Standard Bred, trotters, American Saddle horse, Hackney, Tacky ponies, mustang, Chincoteague pony, Welsh pony, Shetland pony, draft horses, Clydesdale, Shire, Percheron, Belgian, Suffolk, many individual horses listed/pictures, hybrids, principles of mating, selection of breeding stock, the horse farm, building, equipment, staffing, pastures, forage, paddocks, broodmare, foals, management and care, breeding hygiene, parasites, veterinary care, confirmation examples.

Wallace, John Hankins. The Horse of America in his Derivation, History and Development… New York: The author. 1897. xiii, 3, 575 p. front. (port.) pl., maps.
NAL call no.: 42 W15
Descriptors: Hambletonian, thoroughbred, filly, Arabian horse, Godolphin Arabian, bay horse, Kentucky, pedigree, Blue Bull, mare, Narragansett pacer, George Wilkes, Orange County, Morgan horse, breeders, Long Island, Andrew Jackson, Ethan Allen, stallion, Woodburn

Walsh, John Henry, Ellwood Harvey and John Elderken. Every Horse Owners’ Cyclopedia: Diseases, and How to Cure Them by J. H. Walsh. The American Trotting Horse, and Suggestions on the Breeding and Training of Trotters by Ellwood Harvey. The Turf and Trotting Horse of America by John Elderken. The Percheron Horse etc. With nearly 100 fine Engravings. Porter & Coates. Philadelphia. [1871]. xii, 13-582 p., ill., plates. Note: Well illustrated with about 100 engravings.
NAL call no.: 42 W16
Descriptors: horse history, general characteristics, anatomy, horse breeds of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, breeding brood mares, colt care, breaking the colt, stables and stable management, riding, diseases and disease management, medicines, shoeing, trotting horse pedigrees.  

Walsh, John Henry, Ellwood Harvey and John Elderkin. The Horse in the Stable and the Field: His Management in Health and Disease by J. H. Walsh (“Stonehenge”) with An Essay on the American Trotting Horse, and Suggestions on the Breeding and Training of Trotters by Ellwood Harvey, and the Turf and Trotting Horse of America by John Elderkin. Illus. with Eighty Engravings. Porter & Coates. Philadelphia. c1871. xii, 582p., ill. Note: Well illustrated with about 100 engravings of anatomy, equipment, and famous horses. Lists race times for 1 mile, 20 miles, 40 miles and 100 miles.
NAL call no.: 42 W16H 1871
Descriptors: horse history, general characteristics, anatomy, physiology, horse breeds of the East and Western Hemisphere, breeding brood mare and colt care, breaking the colt, vices, behaviors, stables and stable management, equipment, riding, diseases and disease management for all parts of the body, teeth, joints and muscle, medicines, shoeing, trotting horse pedigrees, essay on the American trotting horse and its breeding and training, history, pedigrees of famous trotters, origin of the Percheron breed.

Walsh, John Henry. The Horse in the Stable and the Field: His Varieties, Management in Health and Disease, Anatomy, Physiology, etc. by J. H. Walsh ( Stonehenge). With One Hundred and Seventy Illustrations by Harrison, Weir, Zwecker, and others. G. Routledge and Sons. London and New York. 1880. x, 622 p., ill. Note: Many illustrations.
NAL call no.: 42.W16H 1880
Descriptors: horse history, general characteristics, anatomy, horse breeds of the East and Western Hemisphere, European horses, French stallions of 1858, origins of the English Thoroughbreds, half breeds, cobs, ponies, horses used in agriculture, dray and cart horses, anatomy, breeding principles, brood mare and foal care, food and water, remedies for vices and bad habits, colt care, breaking the colt, diseases and disease management, medicines, stables and stable management, equipment, harnesses, saddles.

Walsh, John Henry. The Horse in Stable and Field: His Varieties, Management in Health and Disease, Anatomy, Physiology, etc. by J. H. Walsh (Stonehenge); Rev. by Harold Leeney; with 213 Illus. by Harrison Weir, Zwecker, and Others. 15 th ed. G. Routledge. London. 1889. xiv, 700 p., 1 leaf of plates, ill. Note: Includes many illustrations.
NAL call no.: 42 W16H
Descriptors: horse history, general characteristics, anatomy, horse breeds of the East and Western Hemisphere, European horses, French stallions of 1858, origins of the English Thoroughbred, half breeds, cobs, ponies, horses used in agriculture, dray and cart horses, anatomy, breeding principles, brood mare and foal care, food and water, remedies for vices and bad habits, colt care, breaking the colt, diseases and disease management, medicines, stables and stable management, equipment, harnesses, saddles.

Ware, Francis Morgan. Our Noblest Friend the Horse. L. C. Page & Company. Boston. 1903 [c1902]. vi, [3] p., 1., 11-368 p., ill., front., pl.
NAL call no.: 42 W22
Descriptors: horses, characteristics, schooling and breaking horses, vices, choosing and using horses, riding and driving, driving tours, humane treatment, shoeing, pasturing, treating diseases, stables, equipment.

Ware, Francis M. First-Hand Bits of Stable Lore. Little. Boston. 1903. 297 p., ill., pl., phot. Note: All but one chapter appeared in the journal Coach and Saddle [Chicago]. The author was the editor for the magazine. Regarding this book, Ware states that “the chapters epitomize 30 years’ active personal experience with every kind of horses for every conceivable purpose, and the deductions drawn are in no sense theoretical.”
NAL call no.: 42 W22F
Descriptors: horses, soundness and buying horses, stabling and stables, conditioning, dealing with “green” horses, training horses, foot care and problems, various uses: saddle, hunter, steeplechaser, driving skill, driving equipment and appointments and ornamentation, coach horses, riding for women and children, four-in–hand driving.

Wasson, Bryan. Horses and Horsemen. Abilene, Texas. [c1965]. 122 p., ill.
NAL call no.: SF301.W3
Descriptors: Appaloosas, Quarter horses, Budweiser Clydesdales, Indian Paints, mules, hennys, donkeys, breed description and characteristics, uses, jokes about, competing in rodeos, “Zebra Fantasy” show, famous rodeo stars, USA.

Weight, Hardd O. Twenty Mule Team Days in Death Valley. Southwest Panorama no. 3. [1972, c1955]. 44 p., ill., parts., maps. Note: The publisher is Calico Press. Twentynine Palms, California
NAL call no.: F868.D2W44 1972
Descriptors: anecdotes, borax ore transport, Death Valley, various mines and road construction described, description of a twenty mule team, horses a the wheel position, mule skinners, wagon trains, wagons pictured and described, Harmony and Amorgosa and the Great Borate mine in Calicos, Mojave Dessert, Western American history, photos, includes a map of the more used roads.  

Weld, Mason Cogswell. The Percheron Horse in America, by M. C. Weld. In France by Charles du Hays. Orange Judd Co. New York. 1886. viii, 9-142 p., ill., incl. front., 9 pl. Note: An English version of the book by Du Hays is preceded by 34 pages describing the breed in America by Weld. For the Du Hays book, see the citation for that book above.
NAL call no.: 42 W45
Descriptors: importation of the Percheron in the America, first recorded 1825, Washington county, NY, the McNitt horse, breed into the trotter, “Norman” was stylish trotter, 1839 imported into Moorestown, New Jersey, first horses died, 2 nd set Dilligence, Bonapart, Joan and Dapple, physical descriptions, letter of Edwin Harris, owner, Fullington and Martin of Union co Ohio, “ Louis Napoleon,” “Normandy,” Thomas Motley of Masschusettes, “ Orleans”, “Conqueror,” Maryland importations, 1866 William T. Walter of Baltimore establish first breeding stud, Pennsylvania importations, 1868, Samuel Holman, “Duke of Normandy,” American Percheron Horse-Breeders’ Association, stud book development, of the horse in France.

Wentworth, Lady (Lady Ann Blunt). Thoroughbred Racing Stock and Its Ancestors. The Authentic Origin of Pure Blood. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. London. 1938. 471p. ill, col. plates., photographs, maps, tables. Note: There are 269 plates and illustrations through the book and 116 “Supplement” photographic plates. The book is a tour de force covering the development of the racing Thoroughbred. Contains many quotes from ancient texts from various countries. Has many plates of famous horses in England and the US, 33 page “table of classic winners and their tap roots.”
NAL call no. 42 W483
Descriptors: EnglishThoroughbred foundation stock: Prehistoric European great horse, Mongolian pony, Celtic horses, Shetland pony, Arabian horse; horses of the world; stone age art of horses; Chinese horses; Persian horses; Indian horses; American horses, racing bulls of Madura; horses used as food; chariots, draft horses, horses in ancient art, coins, and building decorations; horses in ancient Greece and Rome; chariot horse racing; commerative objects for wining horses; horses in Semetic history; asses and their locations and uses; Egyptian horse mummy; slitting nostrils; Arabian horse of Arabia; Darley’s Arabian of the Managhi strain; different strains; “true and false Arab horses”; Arabic terms; shires and Clydesdales; “World’s best racing stock;” the Byerley turk, the Old Morrocco Barb, common Barb; English Royal studs; Godolphin Arabian; comments on horse portraiture; Turkish horses; Persian horses; Barbs in Africa; Spanish horses; Jenet; Darcy Arabiana; Marske sire of Eclipse; winning race horses—England 1800’s; Crabbet Park Stud; breeds of Europe, Napoleon’s horses: Marengo; Wagram, Emir, L’Intendant.

Wentworth, Lady (Lady Ann Blunt). The Authentic Arabian Horse and His Descendants. Three Voices concerning the Horses of Arabia: Tradition ( Nejd, Inner East), Romantic Fable (Islam), The Outside World of the West. Crown Publishers, Inc. New York. 1963. 368p. half-tone and col. pls., illus., diag. map. Note: A new edition revised by the author, up-to-date facts and figures. Foreward by H.H The Aga Khan. Contains quotes from Lady Ann’s diary. Many drawings and paintings by the author. An Appendix with many plates of race winners, and listings of pedigrees.
NAL call no. 42 W483A1963
Descriptors: Crabbet Park Stud’s stormy history, status of Arabians, degeneration of the breed in England and in Arabia, preservation of best of the breed, Thoroughbreds, race horse speed, foundation stock in England, Godolphin and Darley Arabians portraits, Morocco Barbs described, mixed breed, Royal studs, pedigrees and horse types discussed, heavy horse types—draft animals, Henry VIII laws prohibit small sized animals, 16 th century, ponies, artists who painted horses, biographic information on Lady Ann Blunt and Wilfred Blunt, their impact on the development of the Thoroughbred, travels to Arabia, Persia, India, and other countries, Nejd traditions, life in the desert, charts of strains and names of Arabic horses, El Kelbi’s stud book, Abbas Pasha’s horses, conformation and action, joints, feet, tail carriage, coat colors, movement, form, trotting, riding and breaking horses, humane treatment and training methods, England.

White, James. A Treatise on Veterinary Medicine: Containing Practical Observations on the Digestive Organs of the Horse. 7 th ed. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Ome, Broron, and Green, et al. London. 1825. 384 p.
NAL call no.: SF753.W85 1825 R
Descriptors: horses, gastrointestinal system, digestive system organs, stomach, structure, diseases of the digestive system, parasites, remedies and treatments.

Williams, J. O and Earl B. Krrantz. Care and Management of Farm Work Horses.Farmer’s Bulletin. no. 1419. US Department of Agriculture. Washington, DC. 1924. 18 p., ill.
NAL call no.: 1 AG84F no. 1419
Descriptors: draft horses, keeping a horse in good physical condition, seasonal dietary requirements, feed rations and feeding, regular grooming, fitting harnesses, harness repair equipment, caring for shoulder, feet and teeth, stable, shed, paddock, bedding, hay, night pastures, when to water, 10-12 gallons/daily, salt, wintering idle horses, preparing for spring season work, USA.

Williamson, Charles Owen. Breaking and Training the Stock Horse. Claxton Printers, Ltd. Caldwell, Idaho. 1950. x, 89 p. illus. 26 cm. Note: Sihouettes by James Wallis. Sketches by Carl Hoobing.
NAL call no.: 42 W67 1950
Descriptors: stock horses, cutting horses, general horsemanship, equipment, saddles, bits, careful handling of the horse, training, the riding seat, halter breaking the horse to saddle, braking a wild range colt, lunge line training, the “running W”, various types of movements—serpentine, side pass, trot, changing leads in gallop, backing up, rope work, action for parades, hind feet sliding stop.

Woodruff, Hiram and Charles J. Foster (Editor). The Trotting Horse of America: How to Train and Drive Him. With Reminiscences of the Trotting Turf. 1874. John C. Wilson Company. Philadelphia. Xvi, 477p. ill., pl. Note: “Includes an introductory notice by George Wilkes and a Biographical sketch of Woodruff by the Editor. Revised and Enlarged with a new appendix and a copius index.” Includes black and white plates of famous trotters.
NAL call no.: 42 W86T
Descriptors: trotting horses, training and driving horses, English system, equipment, training and handling a colt, feeding for animals of different ages, risk of over training, conditioning, caring for the legs, races, Woodruff’s remembrances, famous trotters and their races, Dutchman, Lady Suffolk, Washington, Ripton, Lady Moscow, Mac, Grey Trouble, Grey Eagle, Flora Temple and horses she ran against, Ethan Allen, Morgan breed, Lancet, Princess, George M. Patchen, Dexter, USA.

Youatt, William. The Horse; with a Treatise on Draught; and a Copious Index. Baldwin and Cradock, Paternoster-Row. London. 1838. viii, 472 p. illus. Note: Published under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
NAL call no.: 42 Y8
Descriptors: history of the horse, different foreign breeds,history of the development of the English horse, breeds of English horses, zoological classification of the horse, anatomy, diseases of organs and body structure, breeding, shoeing, vices and bad behaviors, soundness, draft horses, medicines for diseases and conditions, England.

Youatt, William. The Horse, New Edition with Numerous Illustration. Together with a General History of the Horse; a Dissertation on The American Trotting Horse, How Trained and Jockeyed, and An Essay on the Ass and the Mule by J.S. Skinner. Lea and Blanchard. Philadelphia. 1846. 448 p. Note: An American edition that includes 58 illustrations. An introduction by J. S. Skinner includes: a short note on Lindsey’s Arabian; data for the best races in the US for 1, 2, 3, and 4 miles (1830-1843); information about the history and description of the American trotter, rules of trotting, trotting tables for 1, 2, 3 and 4 mile heats.
NAL call no.: 42 Y8 1846a
Descriptors: detailed anatomy, organs, bony structure, descriptions of diseases, parasites, insect pests, functions of structures, legs, feet, shoeing, treatments for diseases, bad behaviors, care, feeding exercise, breeding and care of mares and foals, etc. Skinners essay on the ass and mule includes information on why they should be appreciated, uses and usefulness; different races of jacks, use of asses in biblical times, Jacks in colonial America, G.W. Park Custis comments on development, George Washington’s Maltese jacks, “Royal Gift” and “Knight of Malta,” Knight sired superior mules up to 16 hands high, descriptions of various types of Jacks, the Maltese jack, American history.

Youatt, William, and Walker Watson. The Horse by William Youatt: With a Treatise on Draught. [4 th ed.], Revised and Enlarged byWalker Watson. Longmans, Green. London. 1880. vi, 589,[2]p., ill. Note: This Watson revision of the Youatt’s 1831 book was written after Youatt’s death (1776-1847). Watson states the Youatt’s original intent is followed keeping in mind the changes in veterinary science. Some items are unchanged. Changes include “a thorough revision and arrangement, many fresh diseases have been introduced, and the nature and treatment of other considered in accordance with the principles of veterinary science at the present day.” A lot of technical language and lengthened anatomical details have been removed.
NAL call no.: 42 Y8 Ed.4
Descriptors: history of the horse, fossils, biblical references, middle eastern cultures, ancient cultures use of the horse, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, riding styles, racing competitions, description of many types of breeds, the Godolphin Arabian, Persians, Chinese horses, Indian horses, Australian horses, European horses, New World horses, history of the English horses, racers, draft animals, coach horses, anatomy musculature, diseases of all parts of the body and organs, symptoms, poisons, vices, treatise on draft horses, equipment design, harnesses, physics of leverage.  

Youatt, William, W. C. Spooner, and Henry S. Randall. Youatt on the Structure and the Diseases of the Horse with Their Remedies. Also, Practical Rules to Buyers, Breeders, Breakers, Smiths, etc.; Being the Most Important Parts of the English Edition of “Youatt on the Horse” Somewhat Simplified; Brought down by W. C. Spooner; To Which Is Prefixed, an Account of the Breeds in the United States. Comp. by Henry S. Randall. Judd. New York 1882. xvi, 483 p., ill. Note: The publication is based Youatt’s much larger original work The Horse, but is significantly reduced and simplified. In Spooner’s introductory remarks, he states that the size of the volume “rendered it too expensive for general circulation, and it is too minute and voluminous in its details for ordinary readers.” He also seems to have changed veterinary terminology to for common and less technical language that can be understood by those in the Americas. The alphabetical listing of medicines is 28 pages long.
NAL call no.: 42 Y8Y
Descriptors: horse types in the US (English racers, Arabian, Canadian, Norman, Morgan, Cleveland Bay, the Dray, trotter), zoology, anatomy and diseases, organs, head, neck, chest, gastro intestinal system, legs, fracture, skin, feet, shoeing, surgeries, behavior vices, general management, soundness the purchasing, list of medicines.

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