The horse conformation handbook

Author: Heather Smith Thomas

Publisher: Storey Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 387

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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.
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The Horse Conformation Handbook

Author: Heather Smith Thomas

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 9781580175586

Category: Pets

Page: 387

View: 3086

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.
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Horse Conformation

Structure, Soundness, and Performance

Author: Juliet Hedge,Don M. Wagoner

Publisher: Globe Pequot

ISBN: 9781592284870

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 484

View: 8869

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.
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Horse Genetics

Author: Ernest Frank Bailey,Samantha A. Brooks

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1780643292

Category: Medical

Page: 200

View: 5978

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

Author: Heather Smith Thomas

Publisher: Eclipse Press

ISBN: 9781581501131

Category: Pets

Page: 301

View: 3460

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.
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Lameness

Recognizing And Treating The Horse's Most Common Ailment

Author: Equine Research

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1461749727

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1048

View: 6085

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.
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All Horse Systems Go

The Horse Owner's Full-Color Veterinary Care and Conditioning Resource for Modern Performance, Sport, and Pleasure Horses

Author: Nancy S Loving

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books

ISBN: 1570767009

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 616

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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.
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Professional Care of the Racehorse

A Guide to Grooming, Feeding, and Handling the Equine Athlete

Author: T. A. Landers

Publisher: Eclipse Press

ISBN: 9781581501353

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 303

View: 9398

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.
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Principles of Conformation Analysis: Equus Reference Guide

Author: Deb Bennett

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing

ISBN: 9781929164608

Category: Nature

Page: 300

View: 3011

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.
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Sport Horse Conformation

Evaluating Athletic Potential in Dressage, Jumping and Event Prospects

Author: Christian Schacht

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781908809070

Category: Competition horses

Page: 136

View: 3138

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.
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Good Horse, Bad Habits

Practical Solutions to Problem Behavior in the Barn, Under Saddle, and Out in the World

Author: Heather Smith-Thomas

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books

ISBN: 1570766215

Category: Pets

Page: 272

View: 4481

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.
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The Uspc Guide to Conformation, Movement and Soundness

Author: Susan E. Harris

Publisher: Howell Book House

ISBN: 9781630262372

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 74

View: 4066

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
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Storey's Guide to Raising Horses, 2nd Edition

Breeding, Care, Facilities

Author: Heather Smith Thomas

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603426876

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 515

View: 6601

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.
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The New Thoroughbred Owners Handbook

Author: Laura Proctor,Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781581500974

Category: Nature

Page: 160

View: 8152

This book takes an unadorned look at all aspects of owning racehorses. Topics range from purchase options to financial obligations to medication rules and veterinary bills.
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Horse Gaits, Balance, and Movement

The natural mechanics of movement common to all breeds

Author: Susan E. Harris

Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd

ISBN: 0285644025

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 5025

Based on decades of practical experience, as well as classic horsemanship theory, this book will teach anyone (from novices to experienced riders) the essentials of a horse’s structure, natural balance and way of moving. Horses may be born to move but not all move equally well, and how a horse moves has an impact on how you ride. Susan Harris, with over 300 colour drawings, illustrates exactly how horses move, and common movement problems, how a rider in the saddle can affect movement and can help anyone to become a more accomplished rider (and helps the horse’s health).
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Horse Anatomy for Performance

Author: Gillian Higgins,Stephanie Martin

Publisher: David & Charles

ISBN: 9781446300961

Category: Pets

Page: 160

View: 9747

Examine the anatomy of a horse from an entirely different perspective. This intriguing and original explanation of the 11 internal body systems of horses shows them painted on the outside to describe everything on the inside. The horse is a highly sophisticated living organism so to enable him to reach his full athletic performance and give him a happy, healthy quality of life it is vital to understand both his capabilities and limitations within the context of his structure and function. Gillian Higgins turns her trademark technique of painting internal diagrams directly onto live horses to show how all the systems work, and work together, to influence performance and reduce the risk of injury. Divided into 12 chapters, Horse Anatomy for Performance combines high quality photographs and intricate paintings with top tips and fascinating facts to provide a practical and useful guide to horse anatomy. Visually appealing, original and easily understandable, the book explains how anatomy influences the way we manage, ride and train our horses. This book is a sequel to How Your Horse Moves by Gillian Higgins; together the books provide a comprehensive guide to horse anatomy in action "Finally a book where you can learn how your horse ticks - inside out - and it is easy to understand and fun to read. A must for every serious equestrian." --Dr W. Bechtolsheimer
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Horse Show Judging for Beginners

Getting Started As a Horse Show Judge

Author: Hallie I. McEvoy

Publisher: Lyons Press

ISBN: 9781585744664

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 134

View: 9977

A veteran judge's authoritative yet user-friendly guide for beginners, for both English and Western disciplines, including license requirements and application procedures.
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A Photographic Guide to Conformation

Author: Robert Oliver,Bob Langrish

Publisher: J. A. Allen, Limited

ISBN: 9780851318516

Category: Medical

Page: 183

View: 6295

Detailed guide to the horse's anatomy followed by over 300 specially taken photographs with an informative and expert commentary.
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The Horsemaster's Notebook

Author: Mary Rose

Publisher: Half Halt Press

ISBN: 9781872082929

Category: Reference

Page: 255

View: 3673

In this practical guide, experienced embedded engineer Lewin Edwards demonstrates faster, lower-cost methods for developing high-end embedded systems. With tight schedules and lower budgets, embedded designers are under pressure to deliver prototypes and system designs more quickly and cheaply.
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Training Thoroughbred Horses

Author: Preston M. Burch

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1787200604

Category: Pets

Page: 113

View: 328

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.
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