The story of saddlery and harness in 27 equine disciplines.
Polo, horse racing, show jumping, endurance riding, ploughing, pit ponies, mounted police, carriage driving - all these different activities require different tack.
Paula Sells shows how the tack used in 27 different equine disciplines has become specialised for each one.
This book offers a new way to look at horsemanship: the tack reflects our social history and changing attitude to the horse over the last 300 years.
Tack rooms are treasure houses of traditional and modern, innovative craftsmanship and this lavishly illustrated hardback showcases the workmanship behind the scenes.
From a look at the tack of the Household Cavalry at the Hyde Park Barracks; to the dressage, eventing and racing tack rooms of Carl Hester, Mary King and Andrew Balding; down to the fifteen-ton Mercedes horsebox which serves as a portable tack room for the Weston-super-Mare beach donkeys, Paula Sells reveals the changing demands of man's 'working' relationship with horses.