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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the remarkable story of the heroic rescue of priceless horses in the closing days of World War II WINNER OF THE PEN AWARD FOR RESEARCH NONFICTION In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find—his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine—an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the U.S. Army’s last great cavalrymen, Colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision—with General George Patton’s blessing—to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed’s small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses. Pulling together this multistranded story, Elizabeth Letts introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Alois Podhajsky, director of the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna, a former Olympic medalist who is forced to flee the bomb-ravaged Austrian capital with his entire stable in tow; Gustav Rau, Hitler’s imperious chief of horse breeding, a proponent of eugenics who dreams of genetically engineering the perfect warhorse for Germany; and Tom Stewart, a senator’s son who makes a daring moonlight ride on a white stallion to secure the farm’s surrender. A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, The Perfect Horse tells for the first time the full story of these events. Elizabeth Letts’s exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor. Praise for The Perfect Horse “Winningly readable . . . Letts captures both the personalities and the stakes of this daring mission with such a sharp ear for drama that the whole second half of the book reads like a WWII thriller dreamed up by Alan Furst or Len Deighton. . . . The right director could make a Hollywood classic out of this fairy tale.”—The Christian Science Monitor “Letts, a lifelong equestrienne, eloquently brings together the many facets of this unlikely, poignant story underscoring the love and respect of man for horses.”—Kirkus Reviews
A dream-come-true horse . . . or a nightmare The Perfect Horse by Louise Ladd All summer Chris has been teaching her friend Serena how to ride. It wasn't easy at first, since Serena was afraid of horses. But she caught on quickly and now she loves to ride. Even better, Serena thinks it's time to buy her own horse. She's so excited! She even knows exactly what she wants her horse to look like. So it's a dream come true when Serena sees her "perfect" horse at an auction and decides she has to have him . . . no matter what. But as Serena and Chris are about to discover, he may not be the perfect horse after all. Don't miss other exciting Chris adventures at the Double Diamond Dude Ranch! At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
In the chaotic last days of World War II, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers discover a sinister Nazi plan: there is a secret farm nearby where the German army has stockpiled the world’s finest purebred horses in order to breed an equine ‘master race’. With the Russian army closing in, the animals are in danger of being slaughtered for food. Colonel Hank Reed, one of the US Army’s last great cavalrymen, makes abold decision (with the unofficial approval of General George Patton) to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed and his men, aided by several Germans devoted to the horses, steal across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to rescue the animals. The Perfect Horse for the first time tells the full story of these extraordinary events. Elizabeth Letts’s exhilarating tale of behind enemy-lines adventure, courage and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valour.
Tens of thousands of riders pursue the sport of dressage in North America, and the majority do so on a budget and with the horse they already have—or quite simply, the one they can afford. This means riders are facing the challenge of mastering one of the world's most esteemed equestrian events on horses that may not be bred specifically for the task, or even if they have been, may not be top prospects for any number of reasons. International dressage judge, clinician, and riding coach Janet Foy has ridden many different horses—different sizes, colors, and breeds—to the highest levels of dressage competition, and now she has compiled her best tips for training and showing in one highly enjoyable book. Her expertise, good stories and good humor are destined to bring out the best in dressage riders and their "not-so-perfect" horses everywhere.
Practical Horse Law sets out to be an accessible and readable guide to the law for horse owners and riders in situations where they might need to consider their legal position and the need for legal advice. It also suggests steps which can be taken to prevent becoming involved in litigation in the first place. Horseriding is a risk sport, horses are valuable animals, and owners and riders need to be aware of all the legal pitfalls. It includes choosing a riding school, riding safely, whether in a school or on roads and tracks, buying, selling and loaning horses and equipment, accidents and veterinary negligence, how to make a claim and what to claim for, keeping horses at home or at livery, animal welfare and more.
As a mounted officer, author Jim Barrett has trained hundreds of police horses to ignore all the scary things that make our own riding experiences less-than-pleasurable. His Manual for the Mounted Officer is respected nationwide as the indispensable "how-to" guide for mounted units. And now he's written the "how-to" manual for every horse owner. Steady Your Spooky Horse: How-to Methods from the Mounted Police guides you through the task of training your horse to be "bombproof." You'll learn why your mount responds to circumstances the way he does and the steps you can take to make him fearless. You'll also learn the importance of consistency in your riding signals, how to select a horse suitable for the job, and keys to formation riding. The real-life, proven training techniques in Steady Your Spooky Horse: How-to Methods from the Mounted Police can make every experience with your horse the safe partnership it should be.