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The Complete Book of Foaling: An Illustrated Guide for the Foaling Attendant (Howell reference books) by [Hayes, Karen E. N.]
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Designed as a crash course in the foaling process, The Complete Book of Foaling is equally valuable for veteran horsemen and for people who have never seen a foal born. Dr. Karen Hayes, an equine veterinarian with a specialty in reproduction, explains how to handle a foaling?any foaling, regardless of how easy or how complicated it may turn out to be. Her feeling is that if we know what is happening inside the mare during the late stages of pregnancy and labor, we will understand what is normal and be able to recognize when something goes wrong. She takes us through the whole process step by step, from three weeks before foaling, through the new baby's first twelve hours. She even has a section on how to predict when the foaling will occur, so the designated attendant will be sure to be there when it happens. Since most foals are born at night, and it may be difficult to get help when it's needed, this book, with its 150 photographs and diagrams, can be the source of information and reassurance the foaling attendant needs.

The Complete Book of Foaling not only teaches how to troubleshoot problems but also explains why a problem has occurred and what must be done to correct it. Dr. Hayes knows that the foaling process can be scary and exciting at the same time. She wants to make it the exhilarating and positive experience it is meant to be by contributing not just her expertise but that of "the silent and patient teachings of the mares and foals" she attended. "The horses are the real authors," she says. "I am privileged to be their interpreter."

From the Back Cover

In Praise of ?""The Complete Book of Foaling""

""A must read for anybody who has ever thought about breeding a mare."" --Judith Forbis, Ansata Arabian Stud

""Brilliantly written?reads like a novel, yet beautifully organized so that you can flip to a section at a moment's notice if your mare is in trouble."" --""Equus""

""This book should be included in every foaling kit. In fact, it should never sit on the bookshelf in the house?keep it in the barn where you can always get to it in a hurry!"" --""Modern Horse Breeding""

""Right away the illustrations set this book apart from any other in its class. Dr. Hayes's ability to teach is the other distinction?she has a knack for explaining things in such a way that you understand and remember, and the learning process is fun. I couldn't put the book down until I had read it cover to cover."" --Walter Schimanski, Masada Arabians

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.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 7640 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (February 15, 1993)
  • Publication Date: February 15, 1993
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028N6CWC
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Format: Hardcover
Of the books I have read, I probably could have gotten by with only this one to guide me through the foaling process. Dr. Hayes has created a very well written book for anyone to read ... from the layman to others in the veterinary field. The book is quite well organized, with each section covering different crucial stages of foaling, from knowing when she's going to foal through the first 12 hours. Photographs are appropriately placed in order to educate the reader about what ever physical aspect of foaling, from signs, to birth positions, to milking the mare. Personally, I found the organization to be quite a nice touch. There are lists and charts at the end of the book to help you organize the information you've just read. Some issues aren't entirely talked about ... each veterinarian has their own opinions, and Dr. Hayes has her own about vaccines and worming and the such. As always, take the more medical aspects of foaling over with your own veterinarian and decide on what you feel is best.
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Format: Hardcover
First, this book is very well written and very, very informative. The problem for me was, I read Blessed are the Broodmares by Phyllis Lose first and that book didn't miss a thing! Although The Complete Book of Foaling is a great book, too, and is longer in length, I prefer Blessed are the Broodmares.
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Format: Hardcover
I would like to thank the author of this book for saving the life of a mare and a beautiful bay filly foaled on 3/28/2002. The foal was presented upside down and was unable to be delivered without corrective action. My veterinarian was on vacation and I knew that we were on our own. I remembered reading about this particular dystocia in The Complete Book of Foaling and I grabbed the book and had my assistant read the instructions on how to correct the presentation to me while I carefully followed them. I am happy to report that we were able to correct the presentation and deliver the foal without further incident. This book contains a practical, hands-on approach to foaling and is a must for every foaling attendant. Buy this book. It saves lives.
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By A Customer on August 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I got this book about one month before my daughter's mare foaled. I found it to be very informative and well written. I must have read it all the way through twice, and read other sections many more times. When the foaling time came I knew what signs to look out for and was confident, with what I read, that I knew when and if the vet needed to be called out. There were sections covering what to look for in the foal several days following the birth so that if the foal was in trouble very little time would be wasted in calling the vet. I would recommend this book to any first-time broodmare or foal owners. Although I think no book will calm the nerves of an expectant horse owner, it will explain the process enough so that when the blessed event does occur you could more enjoy it.
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Format: Hardcover
I got this book when I bought my first broodmare. I did not know what I was doing but this book took me step by step throught the process from before the birth to the end and beyond. I even had it in the barn with me on the expected night! I predicted the correct night by using this book and only had to spend one night in the barn. This book comes with my highest regards.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the best work I've read on foaling. Dr. Hayes completely covers every aspect of foaling. The book is far more than I could have hoped for. A must read.
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I bought this book because I am a little rusty on my foaling ability (its been a few years) The book was very very thorough and had a lot of illustrations and pictures. Unfortunately in black and white however... Its a good book to get back in the swing of things although it is outdated. I have heard "Blessed are the broodmares" is a very very good book as well. That will be my next purchase! I like this book and would recommend it in conjuction with another book, Alone however as I said it is a bit dated and would need supplementation
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Format: Hardcover
WONDERFUL book. I highly recommend this book regardless if your a beginner at foaling mares out or have lots of years under your belt. Can't say enough about this book.
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