Horse Sayings: Wit and Wisdom Straight from the Horse’s Mouth by Bradford G. Wheler depicts the horse in all of its glory, while also exploring man’s continued interest in the equine. The text has pearls of wisdom from horse humor, competition, ancient wisdom, training and many other aspects of horses unbeknownst to the public generally but well known to horse enthusiasts. There are illustrations by 61 artists from 11 countries.
Sir Winston Churchill said: When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have. Benjamin Franklin said: A man in passion rides a mad horse. Plato noted: People then, are not friend to horses unless their horses love them in return. Marcus Aurelius stated: It is also good to pet the beast while he eats so that he will relax.
Wheler presents full color pictures of horses in action. The most stunning pictures depict horses of Achilles, a white stallion in motion, horse race snapshots, polo action snapshots and an ocean scene depicting a horse walking on the beach.
Wheler has a very detailed biographical section on the artists and photographers whose work appears throughout the book. The list includes artists; such as Marika Anderson, Charles Andrews III, Sergio Bartolacelli, Laurence Cassin, Sabrina Epifani, Polly Hollabird, Yvonne Lautenschlager and Jeanne M. Thieme to name just a few. Noted photographers include Kerry Ball, Romain Brumby, Jackie Cercek, Gene Gissin, Kyleen Hafferkamp, Susan Kordish, Christian Lathom-Sharp, Sian Lewis, Hannah Tippett and Julie Wheler.
Horse Sayings would be a perfect gift for children and adults alike. The book is easy to read and the pictures are spectacular. There is a rich literary tradition cited with references from George Eliot, William Faulkner, Benjamin Franklin, Homer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Plato, Carl Sandburg, George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain and Walt Whitman.