In the course of history men and horses, horses and men have always appeared
side by side, and I am not going to be repetitive and describe how they have
been used, because that is something we all know. However, what history does
not tell us with precision is how possession or ownership of horses was
publicly shown, and what its consequences were. Men have always been keen to
show that they owned a horse and its offspring. For that purpose they used
branding irons, marking horses to distinguish their origins and the breeder
to whom they belonged.
If we go back in time, way back ten or twelve centuries before Christ, when
horses entered the Iberian Peninsula through the north and south and
encountered in the northeast the ones the Celts had brought, and in the
south those brought by the Iberians, we discover the time when that men
decided it was necessary to mark their property.
Juan Carlos Altamirano is a very well known author from Málaga, Spain.
Impenitent, obstinate, obdurate, perverse and recalcitrant, names which he
has earned for his hard work and successful instinct as a researcher, he now
offers us this most interesting, stimulating and enthralling book on the
"marks or brands" used to identify horses. Those of us who know Juan Carlos
are not surprised, since we have learned to expect the very best from his
pen and meticulous research. The criticism of professionals has always been
favorable, and that is not easy. His work is of great quality, overflowing
with culture and equestrian knowledge, full of historical facts, quotations,
testimonies and anecdotes. Reading his books is pure pleasure, entertainment
This Book of Brands is a curious and interesting piece of work that all
equestrian fans will want to have on their bookshelves. To compile,
differentiate and classify more than 6,000 brands is a task worthy of
praise. This equestrian treasure has been possible thanks to the patience
and steadfast research of Juan Carlos Altamirano. It is extremely
instructive and reveals the unknown, original and very attractive world of
brands used to mark horses.
Enrique Martínez de Vallejo y Manglano
Marquis of Rubalcava
President of Foro Académico Español de Estudios Ecuestres
The book has 348 pages(22x16 cm.), made of 135 gram semimat white
paper. The cover of the book is made of imitation leather with the title engraved in
gold print, and its plasticized jacket bears a color photograph with the title and author
in raised gold print.