AMID the grind of the Machine Age, U.S. sportsmen still revere and enjoy the horse. Most of their excitement comes from racing (some 600 tracks with 50 million customers a year), but to a lot of Americans the horse means homier, less high-pitched forms of sport.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans ride for pleasure. Though Long Island, Maryland, Virginia and Kentucky still maintain hunts, riding even in the East and South is no longer primarily a pink-coated, exclusive affair; it has acquired much of the West's dungaree-clad casualness. The better-heeled riders maintain their own...

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