I asked Bearport if they had anything, since they are my go-to nonfiction people and they offered me a sample from an older series, Horse Power, which showcases the jobs of different types of horses. This particular volume is Race Horses by Michael Sandler. It follows the general format for Bearport's narrative nonfiction with an overarching story - a new race horse, Barbaro running a 2006 race - with additional information and history grouped around it. However, this is just a little too old. Weird to say something from 2007 is too old, but Bearport's style makes the contemporary story date a little too fast. Nobody knows who Barbaro is anymore, especially since he died at the end of the race. That was a little unexpected and I was surprised they chose this particular story to form the book around. There's also books on military, police, show, therapy, and working horses.
Verdict: The Bearport series might work if you want a series on working horses, but it's just a little too old. I would love it if they brought out a new series like Cat-ographies, only for horses. Meanwhile, although Horse Breed Roundup isn't perfect, it will do and I will probably add a selection of the titles, but not all ten. I have a budget to watch!
ISBN: 1597163988; Published 2007 by Bearport; Review copy provided by the publisher.
The American Saddlebred Horse by Rachel Grack
ISBN: 9781600146541; Published 2012 by Bellwether Media; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Select titles added to January order list