"A History of Equestrian Drama in the United States" traces the development of equestrian drama from earlier related forms and documents the emergence and evolution of equestrian drama (also known as "hippodrama" and sometimes "horse drama") on the theatrical stages of the United States. The author clarifies the multi-faceted significance of the form and of the related stage machinery developed to produce equestrian dramas. The development of equestrian drama is traced from its origins and influences in the sixteenth century, through the height of the form’s popularity at the turn of the twentieth century. Analysis of the historical significance of the genre within the larger context of theatre in the United States, the elucidation of the importance of the horse to theatre, and an evaluation of the lasting impact on theatre technology are also included.