librohierros.jpg (103117 bytes) THE BOOK OF THE BRANDS




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 and enjoyment.

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.


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