Too many horse breed encyclopedias neglect the breeds that have originated in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. They are thorough enough, containing numerous foreign breeds that most Americans will never see, but they overlook the amazing and useful horses right under our noses.
If you want to learn more about the horse breeds found on our own continent, both common and uncommon, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America by Judith Dutson may be the book you are looking for.
The history of each breed gets the spotlight in this book. Ample information on the origins, historical uses, and rise or fall of the breeds is provided, along with beautiful photography. Both popular and heritage breeds are included, as are donkeys and mules.
If you are trying to decide which breed is right for you, this book can serve as a starting point for further research. The uses and unique characteristics of each horse breed are summarized. For this purpose, however, you might find the book most helpful when used along with other resources (see below) that give more details on temperament, health concerns, and maintenance requirements.
For an understanding of the fascinating history and origins of the horses of North America, from the Thoroughbred to the Spanish mustang, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America is hard to beat. Probably one of the best horse breed encyclopedias available to Americans. Highly recommended for all horse lovers!
Horse & Donkey Breeds
Our own guide to some of the horses covered in this encyclopedia. Includes health, temperament, and pros and cons.