Tops as a gift book for anyone, of any age, who likes horses. A definitive study of the vital role of the horse in American life, from the days of the Spanish Conquistadors to the present. Plantation life, colonial activities, travel almost up to the middle of the 19th century, all depended upon the horse. He goes into breeding, developing strains! he takes up stage coaching, Pony Express, Overland Mail, Wells Fargo. He tells anecdotes of horses in our history; in the history of racing; in our wars. He discusses the cavalry of the past and the cavalry of today. Of the horse as against the machine, in the future. A bibliography and an index make this valuable for reference and for libraries.