When people talk of horses, no one ever thinks of China. China has never won any medals in equestrian events or produced any elite horses. Despite this, horses have played an essential role in many different facets of the development of the Chinese nation.

This book, through showcasing the chronicled history of China’s horses, equine art, equine sports, horse breeds and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, reveals the philosophy and wisdom of Chinese civilization.

However, while the world’s fastest distance-running quadruped has undoubtedly helped historically to build the country, the question now is: how will China help to build the future for this steadfast animal which has served it so well?