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Horses in the Making by Lady Wentworth

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Lady Wentworth

Known world wide for the Arabian horses she bred at Crabbet Park , this is one of Lady Wentworths many books. The daughter of Lady Anne and Wilfred Blunt, famous for their travels to the Middle East and importations of some of the finest Arabian horses to England. This book covers care, breaking and training, selecting breeding stock, conformation and action, buying ,temperment, teeth and their importance, management , understanding of horses and more. She shares her thoughts and opinions based on a lifetime involvement with horses and ponies. Not specifically about Arabians, but lots of pictures and references. There are also plenty of her illustrations , many of which are quite amusing. Lady Wentworth has an interesting and entertaining writing style, sometimes blunt, sometimes funny, "Remember that your horse is largely what you yourself make of him so don't blame him too much if he behaves like an idiot! Maybe he's acting like the nomads mirror and reflects too faithfully!" . She also shares stories of her childhood, riding a zebra, her father, Wilfred Blunt, harnessing a stag to a carriole only to have it leap a fence, exotic pets, riding experiences etc..
There are also several of her poems in this book.
As a breeder of horses Lady Wentworth lived through the period of history that saw the practical value and use of horses diminish, and expressed a fear that Britain would lose its horse breeding supremacy to America and those "free handed and clever American breeders."

Interesting and informative book from a breeder whos horses have world wide influence.
Hard cover book in good condition for its age with a fair dust jacket, missing chips top and bottom of spine and all four corners. Generously illustrated with B&W photographs as well as drawings, several quite amusing, by the author.  Copyright 1951, first edition,155 pages.