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  • Genre:HISTORY
  • SubGenre:World
  • Language:English
  • Pages:160
  • Format:Hardcover
  • Hardcover ISBN:9780984856220

Legendary Hearts of Horses

by Adrienne Neary View author's profile page

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In the book, "Legendary Hearts of Horses", Adrienne Neary researches the equine large heart 'phenom' instigated by the famous American Thoroughbred, Secretariat. The revelation of a 'super heart' during his autopsy, set the horse industry afire. Following the equine pedigree history that other researchers identified as being the fountain spring of this marvelous trait, she leaps from breed constraints and boldly jumps into the vast pool of equine evolution and human ambition, gradually transforming the study from a scientific one into an integrated story of the 'whole' heart.

There are rich quotes enhancing the description of Central Asian horses, Spanish Mustangs, two of the founding stallions of the British Thoroughbred, and even Xenophon's description of the famous horse, Bucephalus. It's easy to see the connections throughout history as Neary traces the large heart trait into the past. It is clearly connected to 'Old World' horses. Neary suggests that horses in the wild had been very creative and proactive about their own survival, and have provided the foundation for greatness.

This book isn't just about genetics or the physical hearts of horses... it's a story realizing that the physical and spiritual forces of 'heart' are inseparable and ever present within all of us. Insightful and at times deeply moving, this is a book that appeals to a wide audience. The tangible and intangible qualities of heart horses have demonstrated throughout history are highlighted, along with their incredible generosity and abilities.

Enhanced by historical references, expert science and a surprising, fortuitous discovery, this wonderful book is for anyone interested in history, evolution, and of course, horses.


"Legendary Hearts of Horses" is a thesis exploring horses' manifestations of 'heart'.

While it may be difficult to capture what heart means to us each and every day, Neary uses historical and scientific sources to provide the structure for exploration. The work is enhanced by extensive footnotes and stories of famous race horses of the modern era and of the past... you'll follow along the trail of their 'heart' connections. Performances are correlated to their genetic and epigenetic gifts stemming from the 'mindful' Evolution of wild and re-wilded horses.

You'll also find fascinating stories of ancient horses and how the Spanish Mustang offers the most important clue of all to the mystery of the equine large heart phenomenon.

Neary explains her journey and how it changed her over the course of researching, studying, writing and publishing. Instead of a cold, inaccessible scientific report, this treatise of the heart is one of beauty, inspiration and grace.

Included are two illustrations: the conformation attributes of 'large heart horse', and a map of the 'Trail of Tears'. Also included: a comprehensive Bibliography and a timeline of the horses featured. 160 pgs. 

About the author

Adrienne Neary is an equestrian, author, illustrator, researcher and Equine Energy practitioner. She has a background in Animal Science and studied with world renowned instructors Dr. Henri van Schaik and Dr. John Harvey Gray, and now writes about the wisdom they imparted along with her decades of experience teaching and coaching.

During her career as a lead trainer for a Dressage and Carriage Driving facility, she pioneered a novel, integrated form of horse care. She has also created a globally recognized line of equine anatomy charts, using this talent to enhance her work. W

hen she's not writing or drawing, Adrienne spends time with her Husky, who - in turn, spends time devising ways to train Adrienne better. Adrienne also spends time with her retired Thoroughbred who now lives the very, very good life… For more information about Adrienne's books, blogs and happenings, visit,

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