The horse conformation handbook

Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Storey Books
ISBN: CORNELL:31924102939935
Release Date: 2005-02-15
Genre: Nature

Conformation concerns body structure and anatomy. In this comprehensive volume, Heather Smith Thomas explains how conformation relates to function and what to look for when evaluating a horse. She teaches the reader to see beyond a horse's physical beauty to identify desirable attributes and potential faults, and with copious illustrations and explanations, trains the eye to recognize the hallmarks of soundness, durability, trainability, and athletic potential. Thomas begins with an in-depth discussion of equine anatomy and the importance of balance and proportion. She also explains how to detect "heart," that indefinable quality that distinguishes a horse from his peers and compels him to excel. The book concludes with real-world applications of the principles of good conformation, including helping a horse succeed by matching him with the right job and what the conformation of the aging horse can tell you. Horses with good conformation move fluidly, experience less wear and tear on joints, and are more apt to stay fit and sound during a long life of service. Whether you're buying your first horse, choosing breeding stock, or simply want to learn more about your equine companion, The Horse Conformation Handbook will help you understand horses better than ever before.

The Horse Conformation Handbook

Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1580175589
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Pets

Conformation concerns body structure and anatomy. In this comprehensive volume, Heather Smith Thomas explains how conformation relates to function and what to look for when evaluating a horse. She teaches the reader to see beyond a horse's physical beauty to identify desirable attributes and potential faults, and with copious illustrations and explanations, trains the eye to recognize the hallmarks of soundness, durability, trainability, and athletic potential. Thomas begins with an in-depth discussion of equine anatomy and the importance of balance and proportion. She also explains how to detect "heart," that indefinable quality that distinguishes a horse from his peers and compels him to excel. The book concludes with real-world applications of the principles of good conformation, including helping a horse succeed by matching him with the right job and what the conformation of the aging horse can tell you. Horses with good conformation move fluidly, experience less wear and tear on joints, and are more apt to stay fit and sound during a long life of service. Whether you're buying your first horse, choosing breeding stock, or simply want to learn more about your equine companion, The Horse Conformation Handbook will help you understand horses better than ever before.

Horse Conformation

Author: Juliet Hedge
Publisher: Globe Pequot
ISBN: 1592284876
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The most comprehensive guide to the horse's body - inside and out - ever published. In athletics as in architecture, form follows function, and nowhere is that truth more important than in equestrian sports. The better a horse's conformation (how the animal measures up, or "conforms," to the ideal standards of its breed or type), the better it will be able to perform. Using hundreds of photographs and drawings, this masterfully produced book will show you how to develop the "eye" that any horseman needs to assess equine conformation and anatomy. Its comprehensive text focuses on: Ideal and abnormal conformation features Balance and symmetry The relationship between conformation faults and athletic ability Colors and markings Anatomical elements, teeth, and aging Digestive, neurological, respiratory, and circulatory systems The relationship between structure and function Now in paperback, Horse Conformation is the single most valuable book on its subject and one that deserves a prominent place in every horse owner's or rider's library.

The Horse Nutrition Handbook

Author: Melyni Worth
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603425414
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Pets

FROM CLEAN, HEALTHY HAY and pasture grasses to alfalfa cubes and daily treats, every horse's well-being depends on a healthful, nutritionally balanced diet. What, when, and how much he eats are key contributors to your horse's health, temperament, and performance. In this essential volume, equine nutrition expert Melyni Worth provides all the in-depth knowledge and guidance you need to confidently develop year-round and lifelong feeding programs for horses of every age and discipline. Covering everything from general dietary requirements to pasture management and food solutions for common health problems, this feeding handbook is your complete guide to equine nutrition and one of the most important investments you will ever make to your horse's health.

Horse Genetics

Author: Ernest Frank Bailey
Publisher: CABI
ISBN: 9781780643298
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Medical

This textbook describes the basic genetics of the horse including coat, color, parentage, medical and population genetics, cytogenetics, performance, breeding systems and genetic conservation.

Lameness

Author: Equine Research
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781461749721
Release Date: 2005-04-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Lameness, one of the most common and most troublesome of all equine ailments, remains the primary reason why horses are unable to fulfill their potential and their riders' and trainers' expectations. More preparation time is lost, more competitions are missed, and more careers are prematurely ended because of lameness than any other condition. This book analyzes the causes, diagnoses, and management of the myriad causes of lameness: --Defining and identifying the lame leg; spotting gait abnormalities and non-muscular causes; physical examinations and evaluations; diagnostic tools and other tests; the role of the veterinarian and farrier in pre-purchase examinations. --Physical therapies; the applicability of rest, medications, and other veterinary procedures. --Hoof conformation and shoeing options. --Joint, bone, muscle, and tendon and ligament problems. --Neurological, dermatological, and developmental orthopedic causes of lameness. --Treatment of specific conditions to the foot, pastern and fetlock, cannon and splint bones, knee, upper foreleg, hock, upper hind leg, and back. No other book covers this vital subject in such a comprehensive and understandable fashion. For that reason, no other book deserves a more prominent place on the shelf of anyone who owns, trains, rides, or drives horses.

Training Thoroughbred Horses

Author: Preston M. Burch
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 9781787200609
Release Date: 2016-08-09
Genre: Pets

Preston M. Burch, considered one of America’s most distinguished horsemen, summarizes his observations in this book in logical progression, for the benefit of both the novice horseman and the experienced professional. His approach to training Thoroughbreds is eminently practical, and readers will gain a new appreciation of the many details of racing stable operation. Training Thoroughbred Horses includes chapters on: The Selection of Racing Material Breaking Yearlings Training 2-Year-Olds Training 3-Year-Olds and Older Horses The Condition Book Stable Management Feeding and many other aspects of the operation of a racing stable.

Sport Horse Conformation

Author: Christian Schacht
Publisher:
ISBN: 1908809078
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Competition horses

Written for those involved in riding, training or breeding today's competition horses, and especially valuable for anyone wishing to buy a horse for a chosen competition.

Principles of Conformation Analysis Equus Reference Guide

Author: Deb Bennett
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing
ISBN: 1929164602
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Nature

Everything you need to know about horse anatomy is found here. Follow expert Dr. Deb Bennett as she takes an in-depth, informed look at conformation and reveals how to improve your performance and harmony with your horse. The three popular volumes of Principles of Conformation Analysis are now available in this one edition, providing the most comprehensive insight into equine structure and its effects on movement, soundness, and performance. Within these pages, you'll find: * Valuable guidelines for examining the suitability of horses for various activities * Hundreds of photos, charts, and drawings explaining various body parts and the way they work together * Detailed information on how to minimize conformational limitations and maximize your horse's performance, whatever his breed or sport * Simple methods for analyzing hind legs and detecting horses with lame backs * Exclusive lab exercises from Dr. Deb's files that offer practical help in evaluating your own horse Whether you're looking for an international dressage horse or a comfortable pleasure mount, Principles of Conformation Analysis will improve your eye for conformation.And no matter how you're involved in the horse industry--as a buyer, trainer, rider, or breeder--this book will enrich your equestrian experience.

Care Management of Horses

Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Eclipse Press
ISBN: 1581501137
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Genre: Pets

This comprehensive guide provides a commonsense approach to keeping a horse healthy, sound, and happy by encouraging horse owners to center horse-keeping practices around the horse's needs.

The Uspc Guide to Conformation Movement and Soundness

Author: Susan E. Harris
Publisher: Howell Book House
ISBN: 1630262374
Release Date: 1997-09-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Knowing about horse conformation, movement and soundness is important to any horse owner, whether you are selecting a horse, judging horses, or evaluating a horse's strengths, weaknessess, and ultimate potential. The USPC Guide to Conformation, Movement and Soundness clearly explains and illustrates good, functional conformation and movement, faulty movement, conformation defects, blemishes and unsoundnesses, their causes, and how they affect the horse. This guide will be helpful to Pony Club and 4-H members, instructors, horse owners, and anyone interested in learning about evalulating horses' conformation, soundness and way of moving. The Howell Equestrian Library

Storey s Guide to Raising Horses 2nd Edition

Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603426879
Release Date: 2010-01-27
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Raising horses successfully requires good preparation, hard work, and a sincere interest in your animals’ well-being. With in-depth information on all aspects of horsekeeping, including grooming, foaling, housing, diet, exercise, and medical care, this comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to raise healthy and happy horses.

Good Horse Bad Habits

Author: Heather Smith-Thomas
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 9781570766213
Release Date: 2014-04-15
Genre: Pets

A go-to manual for any horse owner, this book addresses a range of equine behavioral problems, from the mild—refusing to stand still or tail rubbing, for example—to the severe, such as rearing under saddle or attacking other horses. With topics broken into four main categories—bad habits in the stable, correcting ground manners, problems under saddle, and the reluctant traveler—noted rancher and horse book author Heather Smith Thomas dissects each topic by addressing the source of the problem, providing solutions to the behavioral issue, and discussing what to do if the fix doesn't stick.

All Horse Systems Go

Author: Nancy S Loving
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 9781570767005
Release Date: 2014-01-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

A ridden horse is an athletic horse, and just as a human athlete needs to gauge his diet, condition his cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and take meticulous care of his muscles, bones, and ligaments, so too must the rider maintain these systems in her horse. Now, for the first time in one, full-color comprehensive book, Dr. Nancy S. Loving, noted equine veterinarian and dressage, event, and distance riding competitor, addresses the singularly challenging needs of keeping the working horse in working order. With chapters devoted to cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, digestive, and reproductive health, as well to the hooves, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments, muscles, and skin, Dr. Loving provides a thorough understanding of the intricacies of the equine body. However, this is not just another veterinary manual. While diseases are indeed clearly explained, and relevant diagnostic tools and methods of prevention and treatment are offered for various ailments, Dr. Loving sets her book apart by diligently applying her scientific knowledge to the practical needs of every pleasure, sport, and performance horse owner—whether you simply hack with friends or compete at the highest level. Over 500 color photographs and 4,000 index entries suitably enrich this consummate text. Whether used as a study guide to better understand your equine athlete or as a quick-find reference when you notice a mysterious new swelling on his near foreleg, All Horse Systems Go is the integral ingredient to ensuring your horse can perform to the very best of his ability, whatever his task may be.