Hardcover book is NEAR FINE condition with a dust jacket in same condition. Slight shelf wear on dust jacket. Book is 60 pages long and is approx. ISBN 0517350297. 1981 edition. 9.25" wide by 11.5" high. Printed in Spain and is loaded with color pictures. Publisher Crescent Books. BOOK DESCRIPTION: Man has relied upon the horse for centuries - without it our lives would be very different. Imagine history without this faithful, reliable creature - lack of transportation would have meant lack of exploration, wars would perhaps have taken a completely different course, communities would have remained in isolation. We owe our present freedom and knowledge to this noble animal. Although no longer as valuable to us in its working capacity because of the increase in mechanization, the horse is taking on a different role, that of companion. With the increase in leisure time, people are discovering the joys that riding can bring, and more and more youngsters yearn to keep their own horse. After so many centuries of hard work, it is perhaps time that the horse had a well-deserved rest, even though some may argue that show jumping, horse racing and the mere presence of a rider could hardly be called rest. Nevertheless, the usefulness of the horse is far from over. Horses and Foals, with its beautiful pictures and interesting text, is an attempt to bring these wonderful creatures alive for the reader. It traces their ancestry, from the Dawn Horse to the present day Thoroughbred, and covers a variety of aspects from their role in agriculture to their own version of Body Language, from play to their contribution to sport. A small section on the importance of diet and grooming is included, as these play such a vital part in the well-being of the horse. Whatever its use in the future, it is hoped that man has learned to appreciate the horse for the true friend it has become. Any questions, please email me.