This definitive manual on buying, caring for, training, and riding a horse is fun, informative, must reading for equine enthusiasts everywhere. It includes a 16-page, full-color section on horse breeds.
For more advanced horse people, or casual rent-a-horse riders, this book may be too basic. It covers everything from care, to buying, to everything about owning a horse. Not advanced concepts, or anecotes, or riding styles, etc.
The one drawback to the book is that the authors go way overboard with trying to help the reader assess whether horse ownership is a realistic option. It seemed to me that they had perhaps seen some severe situations where people bought horses that really shouldn't have. As a result they, in some case, uses a sledgehammer to swat the horse fly when a fly swatter would suffice. If taken too literally the book would drive everyone except die-hard cowboys away from even considering owning horses. Yes, owning horses is a big responsibility but I have only heard of a few extremely rare cases where horses truly suffered as the result of unprepared owners.
However, I see this as a minor thing. Read the book for the great information that it imparts and don't let the stump speeches about whether you are ready to own a horse by the authors get in the way.
Read the book and then learn something from Native Americans. Respect the beast that you ride, forein; they will respect you.
Shrill screaming upsets the beast, soothing words let them know they are boss. Authoritative voice leaves them thinking they are inferior, and leaves other situations.
Read between the lines, as you read, and you'll be okay.
This is the only book you need, to become a responsible horse owner.