The World According to Horses: How They Run, See, and Think

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How horses experience the world-and how we know it.

"People have been training and riding horses for thousands of years without the help of science. But how much richer and deeper can our appreciation of these wonderful animals be if we do understand some of the 'whys' about them."

What do horses mean when they neigh, nicker, and snort? When a horse refuses to jump a fence, what is it seeing? How can a horse's bones tell us whether people rode it or ate it? In clear, engaging prose, Stephen Budiansky takes us inside the world as horses experience it and explains how we came to these insights. A horse lover's treat and a great introduction to science in one exciting read, illustrated with ten black and white photographs and ten line drawings.
Stephen Budiansky, owner of a horse farm and author of a highly successful adult horse book, The Nature of Horses, combines his fascination with horses with his passion for scientific discovery to give young readers the perfect bridge from loving horses to appreciating science.

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Stephen Budiansky is a consulting editor for the Atlantic Monthly, and has written several well-reviewed books for adults, including The Nature of Horses, Nature's Keepers, and The Covenant of the Wild. He lives with his wife and children on a horse farm in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Budiansky draws from his adult book The Nature of Horses (1997) in this volume for young people. Although the stated topic is why horses do what they do, Budiansky shares his enthusiasm and curiosity not just about horses but also about the ongoing process of scientific inquiry and discovery. Each chapter is divided into two parts. The first discusses an aspect of equine physiology, evolution, behavior, or psychology, such as horses' vision, the sounds they make, or their intelligence. The second takes one bit of knowledge from the previous discussion and explains the questions and experiments through which scientists have arrived at current thinking on the subject. Photographs, drawings, and diagrams illustrate the book. The author's solid research, good writing, and obvious love for the subject combine to make this an excellent choice for horse fans and an intriguing book for others as well. Carolyn Phelan

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