Das Rennpferd. Historische Perspektiven auf Zucht und Führung seit dem 18. Jahrhundert

Derix, Simone

This article examines the continuing close relationship between racehorse and man since the eighteenth century and thus sets a counterpoint to the theory of the horse age coming to an end. There are two bodily practices that are characteristic of this special human-animal relationship: breeding and leadership. Both practices illustrate the fundamental significance of the racehorse for human beings and the interaction between them. Racehorses were a field of experimentation and a resource for deriving concepts of purity and refinement, communication and leadership. They remained a prestige object and were a means of acquiring certain qualities that set “horse people” apart from others.

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Derix, Simone: Das Rennpferd. Historische Perspektiven auf Zucht und Führung seit dem 18. Jahrhundert. 2016.

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