Friday, January 1, 2010
HORSES in Living Color
HORSES in Living Color by Barbara D. Livingston is a beautiful coffee table book for any horse lover. For me, it's the next best thing to seeing a real horse.
The photos are large and clear with action, posed and natural shots depicting a diverse color range. Not only the common Appaloosas, Paints and Palominos, but also rare breeds like the North American Curly, Knabstrupper, Assateague Ponies and Przewalski's Horse. Even Zebras.
I didn't know there were brindle colored horses, badger faces (like a bald face but opposite color) or markings such as Bend Or spots named after a Thoroughbred who had them. She even included photos of the rare markings on a zorse and zonkey!
Visit her site and store at http://www.barbaralivingston.com/
Reading this book brought to mind my friend's Windfield Morgan Farm in Litchfield, Connecticut. Lee Lyons has bred and raised Morgan Horses for decades, and now her focus is on the rare colors. From the site http://www.windfieldmorganfarm.com:
"Recently, Windfield Morgan Farm expanded into the wonderful world of colorful Morgans and now is home to an exciting array of buckskins, palominos and the rarer duns, creams, perlinos and grays that combine the exceptional quality of the Windfield Morgan breeding program with dazzling colors. Of course, the traditional blacks, bays and chestnuts are all still featured."