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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; Third Edition edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470126795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470126790
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

The most comprehensive, up-to-date horse care book available

This all-new edition of the popular classic contains important updates and new information on the latest veterinary practices and research. It gives you trusted guidance and immediate answers when the vet's office is closed, potentially life-saving instructions for emergency situations, and additional insight post-diagnosis. New and updated information includes:

  • Vaccinations, drugs, and dewormers

  • Pigeon Fever and West Nile Virus

  • New fertility treatments and methods for monitoring estrus and pregnancy, and coverage of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

  • Foal CPR and newborn care

  • Advancements in dental health, orthopedic problems, colic, fractures and breaks, cancer, genetics, and more

  • Enhanced coverage of geriatric care and health concerns in the older horse

  • Alternative therapies, including massage, chiropractic care, osteopathic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, and nutraceuticals

  • The latest nutrition guidelines from The National Research Council

  • Expanded guidance on common forage and landscape toxins

With the guidance of this book and a good working partnership with your veterinarian, you can keep your beloved horse healthy for life.

From the Back Cover

A fully updated edition of the classic equine health reference—an indispensable guide for every horse owner

Chock-full of information, the latest edition of the trusted classic is organized to allow you to find what you need—with confidence and ease.

  • A special Index of Signs and Symptoms is on the inside of the front cover for fast referral. Consult this if your horse exhibits any symptoms or unexplained behavior.

  • A detailed Contents list outlines the organs and body systems that are the sites of disease.

  • A General Index gives you a comprehensive guide to the book's medical information. Bolded page numbers help you identify more detailed coverage of the subject.

  • Cross-references note pertinent supplementary information.

  • A Glossary defines medical terms that are commonly used by veterinarians.

  • As a bonus, go online to find additional references on: sample reference values for laboratory tests, and guides to antibiotics, antifungals, antiprotozoals, and common drugs your veterinarian might prescribe.


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Customer Reviews

Easy to find information and understand.
jaeggergs
She reads all the time & loves reading this book looking for things she can relate to with some of her horses.
Liz Martinez
This is a great book for the horse owner!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 94 people found the following review helpful By horseperson on April 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I find this to be the most detailed veterinary guide, short of buying a veterinary encyclopedia. Of the several I own, most are very general and have a lot of "ask you veterinarian for a course of action." This one tells you the most common treatments so you know what to expect. I go back to my dog-eared copy all the time. As I back-yard breeder, I like Giffin's veterinary breeder's guide, too.
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2002
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As a first-horse owner, this text was a whole lot more than I needed or wanted to know. For the horse owner who is serious about learning as much as possible about health care problems and how to treat these problems themselves, the book is a winner and probably unique. However, for someone who likes to rely on his/her vet for anything more than the usual maintenance procedures (deworming, treating minor cuts, etc.) and doesn't foresee giving his/her horse injections and the like or treating fairly serious illnesses, a less complete book would be sufficient and much less daunting. Probably an excellent reference for students of equine health and for those who would like to become vets themselves one day.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Great book!! four hooves way up.. I have a equine science classes and I use this book for research and just to help me better understand the problems and cures for horse problems... Its like a horse vet bible.. easy to read with great pictures..
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Vivien Dostine on September 3, 2005
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I have several books in my library which cover equine health but this is certainly the most comprehensive. The book is set out in chapters which cover the major systems of the horse - respiratory, circulatory, nervous, reproductive etc

Each chapter then starts with a complete explaination of that system and follows with an alphabetic listing of the problems or diseases.

There are plenty of clear photos and diagrams and there are two further indexes to help you to find what you are looking for or to cross-reference information. I would certainly recommend this as the book to get, especially if you can only afford to get one health reference book.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book to keep handy. Has the quick reference for those emergencies and the little things that you just need to watch for.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle Curley on September 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This Handbook is quick and easy to use. Packed with symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments, its index and contents help horse owners to quickly locate information when its needed most. Although the book only has black and white photos, they clearly demonstrate how tos, anatomy, and display common physically symptoms. The book also has charts and diagrams on every day equine topics such as worms and necessary vaccines. The last few chapters are designated to reproduction and are equipped with useful information for an owner thinking about breeding.

This is required reading for every horse owner. It helps determine whether or not you need to call the vet out for a medical problem.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Angela on November 23, 2006
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This book is awesome. I knew nothing about my horse but now I just go to the part of the body with the problem like leg and then read all about all of the leg issues and I can determine somewhat what i think she has and call the vet if I need to. Sometimes it is just a minor thing and the book tells you how to solve it in simple ways. I think everyone should have one of these and I love mine. I was calling the vet everyday and now I can treat her myself and call only when I have to!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy L Byrne on April 11, 2010
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Great book. Anytime i have a problem or medical issue with my horse, i can find an answer (that i can understand and follow) in this book. It has a lot of pictures in case you need to see what you are dealing with. Becareful flipping thru the book b/c some of the pictures of the illements they address can make your stomach turn. They don't hold back information. Which is one of the reason's i like this book. If you own a horse and are not close to a vet, i highly recommend this book, it could save you a lot of money at the vet and save your horses life.
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