The Perfect Horse

The Perfect Horse
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780345544810
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Release: 2016-08-23
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the remarkable story of the heroic rescue of priceless horses in the closing days of World War II WINNER OF THE PEN AWARD FOR RESEARCH NONFICTION In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find—his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine—an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the U.S. Army’s last great cavalrymen, Colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision—with General George Patton’s blessing—to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed’s small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses. Pulling together this multistranded story, Elizabeth Letts introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Alois Podhajsky, director of the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna, a former Olympic medalist who is forced to flee the bomb-ravaged Austrian capital with his entire stable in tow; Gustav Rau, Hitler’s imperious chief of horse breeding, a proponent of eugenics who dreams of genetically engineering the perfect warhorse for Germany; and Tom Stewart, a senator’s son who makes a daring moonlight ride on a white stallion to secure the farm’s surrender. A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, The Perfect Horse tells for the first time the full story of these events. Elizabeth Letts’s exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor. Praise for The Perfect Horse “Winningly readable . . . Letts captures both the personalities and the stakes of this daring mission with such a sharp ear for drama that the whole second half of the book reads like a WWII thriller dreamed up by Alan Furst or Len Deighton. . . . The right director could make a Hollywood classic out of this fairy tale.”—The Christian Science Monitor “Letts, a lifelong equestrienne, eloquently brings together the many facets of this unlikely, poignant story underscoring the love and respect of man for horses.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Perfect Horse

The Perfect Horse
Author: Elizabeth Lett
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781925475364
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Release: 2016-09-01
Editor: Hachette UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the chaotic last days of World War II, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers discover a sinister Nazi plan: there is a secret farm nearby where the German army has stockpiled the world’s finest purebred horses in order to breed an equine ‘master race’. With the Russian army closing in, the animals are in danger of being slaughtered for food. Colonel Hank Reed, one of the US Army’s last great cavalrymen, makes abold decision (with the unofficial approval of General George Patton) to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed and his men, aided by several Germans devoted to the horses, steal across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to rescue the animals. The Perfect Horse for the first time tells the full story of these extraordinary events. Elizabeth Letts’s exhilarating tale of behind enemy-lines adventure, courage and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valour.

The Perfect Horse

The Perfect Horse
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780525644774
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Release: 2020-02-07
Editor: Yearling
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When a small troop of American soldiers capture a German spy, they uncover an unexpected secret- Hitler has kidnapped the world's finest purebred horses and hidden them in a secret Czechoslovakian breeding farm. But starving Russian troops are drawing closer, and the horses face the danger of being slaughtered for food. With little time to spare, Colonel Hank Reed and his soldiers cross enemy lines to heroically save some of the world's most treasured animals. In this thrilling young readers' edition of her New York Times bestselling book, Elizabeth Letts details the terrifying truth of Hitler's eugenics program during World War II and shares the story of the courageous American troop dedicated to stopping it. Highlighting bravery in the face of incredible odds, this tale will shed light on a little-known piece of our past and speak to history fans and animal lovers of every age.

Brother Mendel s Perfect Horse

Brother Mendel s Perfect Horse
Author: Frank Westerman
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781409019329
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Release: 2012-08-02
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

' "When you touch a Lipizzaner, you're touching history," Westerman was once told. His elegant book offers fascinating proof' Financial Times Frank Westerman explores the history of Lipizzaners, an extraordinary troop of pedigree horses bred as personal mounts for the Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Following the bloodlines of the stud book, he reconstructs the story of four generations of imperial steed as they survive the fall of the Habsburg Empire, two world wars and the insane breeding experiments conducted under Hitler, Stalin and Ceausescu. But what begins as a fairytale becomes a chronicle of the quest for racial purity. Carrying the reader across Europe, from imperial stables and stud farms to the controversial gene labs of today, Westerman asks, if animal breeders are so good at genetic engineering, why do attempts to perfect the human strain always end in tragedy?

The Perfect Horse

The Perfect Horse
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Pages: 369
ISBN: 9780345544827
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Release: 2017-05-23
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

In the chaotic last days of World War II, a small troop of American soldiers captures a German spy and learns that on a secret farm behind enemy lines, Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebred horses in order to breed the perfect military machine -- an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the U.S. Army's last great cavalrymen, Colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision, with General George Patton's blessing, to mount a covert rescue operation.

A Good Horse Has No Color

A Good Horse Has No Color
Author: Nancy Marie Brown
Pages: 243
ISBN: 0811707040
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Release: 2001
Editor: Stackpole Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

After several visits to study Icelandic sagas, Nancy Brown returns to Iceland to search for the perfect Icelandic horse, one she can bring back to her Pennsylvania farm and make her own. To do so, she must become part of the country's tightly knit horse-breeding community, which can be wary of outsiders and extremely protective of the world-famous breed. In this clear-eyed, evocative account set against Iceland's austere and majestic landscape, she describes what makes Icelandic horses and their owners so distinctive. She also discovers her limitations as a horsewoman and learns much about what she is looking for-in a horse and in her life.

The Eighty dollar Champion

The Eighty dollar Champion
Author: Elizabeth Letts
Pages: 338
ISBN: 9780345521095
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Release: 2012
Editor: Random House Digital, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the story of a champion equine jumper and the Dutch farmer who rescued him from the slaughterhouse, recounting how the farmer discovered Snowman's jumping talents and trained him to compete against the world's thoroughbreds.

How to Create the Perfect Riding Horse

How to Create the Perfect Riding Horse
Author: Perry Wood
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780715335314
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Release: 2007-09-10
Editor: David and Charles
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An honest and encouraging guide for everyone who wishes their horse could be the perfect riding horse Essential tools and clear step-by-step photography for training the horse and rider help you create your perfect riding horse for any discipline or level of ability Inspirational advice and ingenious tips take you through choosing the right horse, mastering the basics of groundwork, schooling and introducing jumping Perry Wood's skill as a coach of both horses and people puts these effective methods within easy grasp of everyone, transforming any rider into a real trainer.

The Ideal Horse

The Ideal Horse
Author: Burt Phillips
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780595153855
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Release: 2000-12
Editor: iUniverse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Any horseman would agree with Burt Phillips that the ideal horse is obedient, responsive, well balanced, and pleasant to ride. In The Ideal Horse, he describes a step-by-step training program directed at producing such a mount. Basing his methods on an intimate knowledge of equine anatomy and psychology, Mr. Phillips explains that "we are always training a horse, for better or worse, when we are working with him," since horses learn by direct association of ideas. From the initial work in hand through lungeing, driving, and the various stages of mounted training, precise photographs and in-depth drawings enhance the text, making this book a valuable guide to riders and trainers alike. Years of practical experience and personal observations balance uniquely with a deep appreciation of the classical principles of riding and of the world's great teachers. Readers may compare the terminology to that of Waldemar Seunig, as exemplified by such phrases as "unconstrained" to denote a lack of mental and physical tenseness; "gallop departs" in place of "canter" to avoid the careless use of the term "canter" (the "collected gallop") for the "natural gallop." But linguistic differences will not detract from the common-sense approach and explanations of the rider's responsibilites. The basic exercises progress into lateral movements, two-tracking and other advanced work, with the flexibility of the theory making it both practical and correct. Mr. Phillips also is careful to emphasize that the basic nature of the horse must be considered in his training. In all, this is a complete picture guide that will help make your horse-whether it be a competitive dressage, a western reining, a show jumper, or a pleasure horse-the ideal horse for you.

Ghost Riders

Ghost Riders
Author: Mark Felton
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780306825606
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Release: 2018-10-02
Editor: Da Capo Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It is April 1945 and the world's most prized horses are about to be slaughtered... As the Red Army closes in on the Third Reich, a German colonel sends an American intelligence officer an unusual report about a POW camp soon to be overrun by the Soviets. Locked up, the report says, are over a thousand horses, including the entire herd of white Lipizzaner's from Vienna's Spanish Riding School, as well as Europe's finest Arabian stallions--stolen to create an equine "master race." The horses are worth millions and, if the starving Red Army reaches the stables first, they will kill the horses for rations. The Americans, under the command of General George Patton, whose love of horses was legendary, decide to help the Germans save the majestic creatures. So begins "Operation Cowboy," as GIs join forces with surrendered German soldiers and liberated prisoners of war to save the world's finest horses from fanatical SS soldiers and the ruthless Red Army in an extraordinary battle during the last few days of the war in Europe. This is an epic untold story from the waning days of World War II. Drawing from newly unearthed archival material, family archives held by descendants of the participants, and interviews with many of the participants published throughout the years, Ghost Riders is the definitive account of this truly unprecedented and moving story of kindness and compassion at the close of humanity's darkest hour.

Lyons on Horses

Lyons on Horses
Author: John Lyons
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780307754899
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Release: 2010-04-21
Editor: Doubleday
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Every year, some 10,000 people attend Lyons's clinics to learn the secrets contained in this complete training program for horses and trainers of all skill levels, by one of America's most popular and trusted trainer-instructors.

Rimfire The Barrel Racing Morgan Horse

Rimfire  The Barrel Racing Morgan Horse
Author: Ellen F. Feld
Pages: 206
ISBN: 9780970900210
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Release: 2021-03-01
Editor: Willow Bend Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Rimfire, the sixth book in the Morgan Horse series, takes readers to a whole new realm within the world of horses. When Heather travels to Oklahoma to visit family friends, she is introduced to barrel racing. Falling in love with this quick-paced sport, Heather is thrilled when she returns home and discovers Rimfire, a fabulous Morgan barrel racer that just happens to be for sale. When her parents refuse to buy yet another horse, Heather convinces her friend Nicholas to purchase Rimfire. Everything is going well until Heather decides to take Rimfire to a competition without Nicholas's permission. What will happen to the horse as he makes that final turn around the last barrel, and more importantly, has Heather jeopardized her friendship with Nicholas, all for the sake of a ribbon?

Dressage for the Not so perfect Horse

Dressage for the Not so perfect Horse
Author: Janet Foy,Nancy J. Jones
Pages: 218
ISBN: 157076509X
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Release: 2012
Editor: Trafalgar Square
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Thousands of riders pursue the sport of dressage, and the majority do so on a budget and with the horse they already have - or quite simply, the one they can afford. This means riders are facing the challenge of mastering one of the world's most esteemed equestrian events on horses that may not be bred specifically for the task, or may not be top prospects for any number of reasons. International dressage judge and riding coach Janet Foy has ridden many different horses to the highest levels of dressage competition, and she has compiled her best tips for training and showing in one highly enjoyable book. Her expertise, good stories and good humour are destined to bring out the best in dressage riders and their "not-so-perfect" horses everywhere

Perfect Manners

Perfect Manners
Author: Kelly Marks
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780091882709
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Release: 2002
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Kelly Marks achieves spectacular results with an enormous variety of different horses. She knows that if you want a horse to have 'perfect manners', it's your responsibility to make it clear what you want - it's not up to the horse to guess. The secret of success is to communicate with horses in their own language, establishing a relationship of empthay and trust. This book shows how to reach that perfect mutual understanding with your horse - and how to behave yourself in a way that means your horse will too.

Dressage for the Not So Perfect Horse

Dressage for the Not So Perfect Horse
Author: Janet Foy
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781570765919
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Release: 2012-08-01
Editor: Trafalgar Square Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tens of thousands of riders pursue the sport of dressage in North America, and the majority do so on a budget and with the horse they already have—or quite simply, the one they can afford. This means riders are facing the challenge of mastering one of the world's most esteemed equestrian events on horses that may not be bred specifically for the task, or even if they have been, may not be top prospects for any number of reasons. International dressage judge, clinician, and riding coach Janet Foy has ridden many different horses—different sizes, colors, and breeds—to the highest levels of dressage competition, and now she has compiled her best tips for training and showing in one highly enjoyable book. Her expertise, good stories and good humor are destined to bring out the best in dressage riders and their "not-so-perfect" horses everywhere.

The Horse Book

The Horse Book
Author: Kathleen Walker-Meikle
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781784422264
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Release: 2017-08-24
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hardworking, swift, loyal and capable of great heroism, horses have been our constant companions for thousands of years. Using stunning illustrations, The Horse Book pairs famous historical figures with their faithful mounts including: Alexander the Great's beloved steed at whose death he dedicated the city of Alexandria Bucephala; the cruel Roman emperor Caligula who made his horse a consul; the brave horses in the First World War; and horses of famous figures from El Cid to Napoleon. This is the perfect gift for the horse lover - a guide to the role of horses in history and the people who rode them.

How to Think Like a Horse

How to Think Like a Horse
Author: Cherry Hill
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781603428026
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Release: 2011-06-30
Editor: Storey Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this fascinating best seller, Cherry Hill explores the way horses think and how it affects their behavior. Explaining why certain smells and sounds appeal to your horse’s sensibility and what sets off his sudden movements, Hill stresses how recognizing the thought processes behind your horse’s actions can help you communicate effectively and develop a trusting relationship based on mutual respect.

The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book

The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book
Author: Linda Tellington-Jones
Pages: 322
ISBN: 9781570765698
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Release: 2006-09-01
Editor: Trafalgar Square Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Finally, a comprehensive collection of world-renowned equine expert Linda Tellington-Jones' healing equine bodywork and training exercises, for use both on the ground and in the saddle. In one fabulously illustrated book, those new to Linda's approach are provided with a clear, step-by-step introduction to the Tellington Method, while those familiar with her work finally have the ultimate go-to reference. The book is divided into three parts. Part One briefly explains the background of the Tellington Method and then discusses the reasons for unwanted behavior and poor attitude in horses. Part Two, arranged alphabetically, contains a compendium of 72 common behavioral, training and health issues, many of which horse people face on a daily basis. In this A to Z format, from Aggressive to Other Horses to Weaving, Linda discusses the possible reasons for these behaviors or problems and offers conventional methods of solving these challenges, as well as training solutions using the Tellington Method. Part Three presents—for the first time in one volume—the complete body of work that makes up the Tellington Method: the Tellington TTouches, Ground Exercises, and Ridden Work. At the end of this section, there is also a detailed case study, which includes 49 photographs showing every step along the way to successfully teaching your horse to load.

Wild Horse Scientists

Wild Horse Scientists
Author: Kay Frydenborg
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9780547518312
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Release: 2012
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the work of two wildlife veterinarians who protect and chart the lives of Assateague Island's wild horses, describing their shared efforts to balance the horses' ecosystem and raise awareness.

Horse Show A Donkey Donk Story Book 2

Horse Show  A Donkey Donk Story  Book 2
Author: Ellen F. Feld
Pages: 36
ISBN: 9781733767408
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Release: 2021-04-08
Editor: Willow Bend Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Practice Makes Perfect! Donkey-Donk is very excited - she is going to a horse show! Before she goes to the show however, she must practice at home. Donk has to learn how to go over a jump, open a gate, and then walk around cones. She gives it her all, carefully practicing each obstacle. When she gets to the horse show, there are a lot of other horses and ponies ready to compete. Donk is about to face a lot of friendly competition. Will her hard work at home pay off? Will she win a blue ribbon?