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: 1603422099
Release Date: 2010-05-17
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Good nutrition is essential for a strong and healthy horse. Here are in-depth explorations on the benefits of additives and herbal supplements inform Worth’s dietary approach toward treating common health problems that include colic, cribbing, Cushing disease, ulcers, tying-up syndrome, and more. Providing your horse with a healthy, well-balanced diet will keep him looking and feeling his best for years to come.

The Cattle Health Handbook

Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603426497
Release Date: 2009-03-11
Genre: Medical

You can provide the day-to-day medical care required to keep your cattle healthy and thriving. In this practical guide, Heather Smith Thomas provides easy-to-execute solutions for a variety of common medical situations that can afflict your animals, including bacterial diseases, parasites, and nutritional deficiencies. Whether you are caring for a single dairy cow or a large herd, you’ll find all the information you need to keep your cattle healthy, increase the self-sufficiency of your operation, and substantially reduce veterinary costs.

Your Horse

Author: Carolyn Henderson
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 9780760339404
Release Date: 2010-05-16
Genre: Nature

Here is the definitive illustrated horse guide. Packed with more than 450 color photographs, this guidebook shows you how to care for your horse. And all at an attractive price of $19.99. Plus, the hardcover PLC binding is made to be used out in your barn or stable. This is the one-stop book for all your equestrian needs: The 60,000 words of text and captions detail everything you will need to know for selecting, buying, owning, feeding, grooming, and caring for your horse—and more!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professional Care of the Racehorse

Author: T. A. Landers
Publisher: Eclipse Press
ISBN: 1581501358
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

This comprehensive manual provides instructions on all aspects of racehorse care. Photographs and explanatory text detail procedures for everything from cleaning a stall to feeding to grooming and bathing. In addition, the book describes how to detect signs of illness and lameness in the racehorse. Professional Care of the Racehorse is intended for all people who work with horses.

Veterinary Guide to Horse Breeding

Author: Kjersten Darling
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 9781312305465
Release Date: 2014-06-26
Genre: History

A landmark breeding resource for new and seasoned horse owners alike With millions of recreational riders on the bridle paths today, breeding is becoming increasingly popular among horse owners at all experience levels. Whether you are already enjoying the rich rewards of equine breeding or need down-to-earth advice on whether breeding is right for you and your animal, the Veterinary Guide to Horse Breeding offers a thorough, up-to-date overview of the process.

Equine Levering for the Racehorse

Author: Ross Brunt
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1475027990
Release Date: 2012-03-26
Genre:

Develop 'an eye for a horse'. Applying Levering to the Racehorse. Full color version. The book explains: the technicalities of how conformation levering applies to the racehorse; the rules that determine levering traits, & the unique levering traits of varied racehorse types such as sprinters, stayers, jumpers etc. Furthermore it discusses how levering relates to ability, distance gearing, yearling selection, traditional conformation, performance, breeding, stride length/type, racing conditions, etc.. With the many contradictions involved with the standard text book conformation, the author has set about researching many facets of equine conformation from scratch. This has been accomplished with software specifically developed for the purpose of not only identifying desired traits, but further analyzing the not so perfect traits, that often provide hidden benefits. The book is not about Veterinary, straight conformation, or the classic textbook show horse. If you just want a book about purchasing yearlings, 'Thoroughbred Yearling Selection based on Biomechanics' from the same author is a better purchase. Quote from racing magazine "Ross Brunt's take on conformation is like a breath of fresh air. Sometimes controversial, but never bland, his articles in 'Breeding&Racing' are among the most popular & well received. Capable of cutting through hyperbole to simple mechanics in layman's terms, Brunt has combined his years of analysis to produce an excellent publication." "Equine Conformation for the Racehorse is a treasure-trove for both new & seasoned buyers alike, & a publication every trainer should have in their office." "Brunt's book clearly demonstrates that when it comes to conformation one can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear." - Breeding&Racing magazine. Includes detailed chapters on & references to barrel racers & endurance horses. Lots of photos help the learning process. Chapters initially written as stand alone articles, so some information will cross. FULL COLOR VERSION.

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.