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Blessed Are The Brood Mares (Howell Equestrian Library) Hardcover – October 29, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 2nd edition (October 29, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876058489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876058480
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Blessed Are the Brood Mares was published in 1978, no other single source existed that contained such a wide range of information on the care of the breeding mare from mating, through gestation, to foaling and nursing, and on the care of the young horse. Now there is: the second edition of this classic. M. Phyllis Lose, V.M.D., internationally respected for her knowledge and expertise in equine medicine, has revised and updated her book throughout to take into account the improvements and changes that have taken place in equine pediatrics since Brood Mares was first published. Here now is the latest information on drugs, medications and immunizations and an all-new chapter on difficult births (dystocia). Dr. Lose explains the problems that can arise and how you can safely intervene and safeguard the well-being of the mare until the veterinarian arrives. She says that "problems encountered at any time can be solved in almost every case, if the owner or caretaker will learn what to avoid, how to prevent mistakes, and most important, when to summon the veterinarian." Even those with years of experience can still learn from this book, with its seventy-five all-new photographs and drawings. Dr. Lose's language is technical enough not to insult the professional breeder, yet simple enough for the first-time breeder to grasp. She speaks with unmistakable authority but also with compassion for the mare. "Cows and women are tough," she says, "mares are delicate." The dual goals of a successful birth and a well-cared-for mare and foal are more likely to be achieved when you have this extraordinary book giving you all the help you're likely to need.

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The Howell Equestrian Library is a distinguished collection of books on all aspects of horsemanship and horsemastership. The nearly fifty books in print offer readers in all disciplines and at all levels of competition sound instruction and guidance by some of the most celebrated riders, trainers, judges and veterinarians in the horse world today. Whether your interest is dressage, show jumping or Western riding, or whether it's breeding, grooming or health care, Howell has a book to answer your needs. Get to know all the books in the Howell Equestrian Library; many are modern-day classics and have achieved the status of authoritative references in the estimation of those who ride, train and care for horses.
The Howell Equestrian Library

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It's entertaining and informative.
Robyn
I also have Blessed are the Foals and highly recommend both books to anyone wanting to breed their own mare.
Selena J Copeland
Indispensible book to have on the book shelf if you breed and foal your own mares.
A. E. Van Schaick

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had bought this book and read it prior to my mare foaling back in 1997. That foaling was uneventful but the book made me aware of alot of things I would normally not have known. This year prior to the same mare foaling I reread the book and placed it out in the barn "just in case". Well...the foal became stuck in the birth canal...I grabbed this book....quickly scanned the pages to determine the remedy and we were able to dislodge (hip lock) the foal prior to the vet arriving and all was well. Even if you are not expecting to foal this book is good reading, very interesting.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have for anyone who has even considered breeding a mare. This book helped lower my blood pressure and warded off gray hairs the first time I bred and foaled out a mare. It had me so well prepared (and I had an animal science degree, too)! It is, by far, the best foaling book I've read.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By RADHAONE@aol.com on June 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My old "Blessed Are the Brood Mares" is dog-eared and falling apart, so I'm about to treat myself to a new one. With the information on these golden pages, I've managed to save TWO foals, who would not otherwise have survived. I wouldn't be without the treasure trove of information between the hard-used covers of my copy. This book is the antidote to ignorance of the mysterious brood mare, her antiquated reproductive system, and her oh-so-fragile foals. Every horseperson worth he/his salt should own this one. Dr. Lose's anecdotal information is compelling and impresses on the breeder the enormity of what they do when they contemplate breeding a beloved or valuable mare. Every bit of the advice I chose to follow has rewarded me lavishly. This book includes an illuminating section on foal illnesses and tons of advice on how to keep the brood mare healthy throughout the years of her reproductive life, and how to avoid putting her in undue jeopardy. This book is a "gotta-have" for the compassionate breeder and of equines.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By horseperson on April 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book, although it is a little outdated in many of the techniques, is a great resource for the occasional breeder. More than anything else, it makes you realize the enormity of breeding and birthing a healthy foal, and keeping the mare sound too. The section on the mare's reproductive tract is excellent. I wish she were a little more specific on treatment procedures: The book is more a loosely strung narrative by subject than an organized reference volume.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a MUST have if you have bred your mare or are thinking about it. It is the ONLY book you'll need. Great photos and a check list to help you tell when the foal is coming. We tell all of our clients that they NEED this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The title says it all...Reach for this if you are new to breeding - read it and you will see, it is a long process to breeding a champion. The mare is definately where to start and this book should help. It is a great resource Click - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0876058489/mcfarm
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. L. Grant on January 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A must have for the average horse person. This book is extrememly informative, written in a lively way that keeps you reading from start to finish, and is understandable by the layman. I would recommend it highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you've thought, even just once, of breeding your mare, you NEED this book! We recommend it to all the clients of our stallion, and use it ourselves year after year. Photos are exceptional, and this book tells you exactly what will happen, when, and what you need to do to care for your mare throught this most exciting experience. Buy this book if you love your mare!
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