About this Document
The equine related books, reports, etc. listed in this compilation are in the collection of the National Agricultural Library (NAL). They are mostly from the older materials in the collection and some are from the “rare book” collection. Most items listed are from English or American publishers. The titles chosen are in English and are from 1600s to 1980.
The authors attempted to list books on a wide variety of topics related to equines: the development of the Thoroughbred horse in England, veterinary care, horse management, horses, mules, asses, wild horses, and burros in the American West, equines in the military, various types and breeds of horses, racers, trotters, horses in competition, training horses, etc.
The citation for each published item includes the author, title, publisher, NAL call number, and descriptors. Many citations also include links to a full text version of the document available online. The descriptors provide a brief/general description of the content of the piece. Some books cover many topics and can only be described in general terms.
The compilation is not a comprehensive listing, but a sampling of a very comprehensive collection of equine related documents at NAL. Hopefully, the items referenced will satisfy those who are interested in reading about these animals from a personal interest point of view as well as those who are interested in more in-depth research.
Most of the books are available on library loan, but some documents can only be used on site as they are in the rare and valuable books collection.
The library is open to the public during the week and anyone is welcome to come and use the general collection or make arrangements to use the rare books. Information about Visiting the Library and Requesting Library Materials is available on the NAL web site.