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UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Book of Horses: A Complete Medical Reference Guide for Horses and Foals Hardcover – June 21, 1996

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Knowledge of equine diseases has exploded in the last few years, and the goal of this book is to provide basic information for horse owners who want to understand how to keep their horses in good health and at peak performance. It was written by 37 experts from the faculty and staff of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.

The book is divided into eight parts. The first two cover selecting and caring for a horse. The next three deal with nutrition, reproduction, and the equine body. Parts 6 and 7 cover infectious diseases, cancer, geriatrics, and home care. The final part consists of appendixes on zoonotic diseases, vaccinations, diagnostic tests, transportation, and a glossary. A detailed index concludes the book. Black-and-white photographs and drawings illustrate entries; there is also an insert of color drawings of horse anatomy.

A good example of the type of information contained in this work can be seen in chapter 7, "Feeding Horses," which covers the nutritional needs of horses in general and specific requirements for pregnant mares, weanlings, performing horses, older horses, and orphan foals. The next chapter covers diseases caused by diet. All the articles are written in simple terms but are detailed enough even for the novice horse owner. For those terms that may require additional explanation, the glossary gives good one-to two-sentence definitions.

The UC Davis Book of Horses is an excellent work with clear guidance on when to call in a professional and when a problem can be treated by an owner. It is a suitable purchase for any public or academic library that serves a population of horse owners.

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"An invaluable reference guide for every loving owner, rider, trainer, and groom." -- --Richard H. Brown, Trustee, United States Equestrian Team

"It is hard to imagine a more authoritative reference work...The UC Davis Book of Horses is the equivalent of a staff of top veterinarians on call 24 hours a day." -- The Whole Horse Catalog

"Should be in every tack box!" -- --A. C. Asbury, D.V.M., College of Veterinary Medicine, Universtiy of Florida
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 1st edition (July 31, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062701398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062701398
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the book I was looking for when I bought all the others. I was attracted by the fact that the authors are not only veterinarians but also faculty of a school of veterinary medicine. This book is written for horse owners, not aspiring veterinarians, but is far more detailed than any other book I have found. This one volume contains all the detail you will ever need, probably more. I bought this book in desperation when my horse's condition stumped my vet. The answer was on page 168. This book is written at a level appropriate to the intelligent but not medically trained reader. Technical terms are used extensively but are defined as they are introduced. Understanding the technical terms can facilitate discussion with one's veterinarian. There is far more information than one needs in order to own a horse but for the owner who wants to learn more than just the basics, this is the book to buy.
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I found this book to be good for novices, but it lacks in-depth information about treatment. For instance, under parasite control it says "talk to your veterinarian" No list of common wormers, their activity, safety and recommended dosing schedule. At least here in Guatemala, the vet prefers for you to participate in the possible diagnoses and treatment options to make an informed decision. This book leaves me in the cold. I recommend you check out Dr. Giffin's manual for horse owners - much more detailed.
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This book is quite useful with an emphasis on the health and care of the horse. Essentially, it is a collection of articles written by veterinarians and other horse oriented people from the vet school. Reproduction takes up almost 150 pages. Other large topics covered include nutrition, diseases and disorders, and care. Other topics such as vaccinations, selection, transportation, breeds, and behavior. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone, since the articles cover information that horse owners should be aware of (such as the extensive disease articles), but might not be entirely educated about.
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Being a new horse owner, I found this book somewhat helpful. A multitude of horse illnesses, injuries and conditions are described in an easy to understand language making it a good reference book.

However, this book would have been greatly improved if there were photos of each of the conditions described (there are none).

It also would have been helpful if there were an index to look up conditions by their major or most common symptoms, something a horse owner can reference if their horse is ill or injured.
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This book, like the other two edited by Mordecai Seigal (UC Davis Book of Dogs : The Complete Medical Reference Guide for Dogs and Puppies and The Cornell Book of Cats: The Comprehensive and Authoritative Medical Reference for Every Cat and Kitten are great references for the owner that wants a little bit more information on specific conditions that may be affecting their pet/companion/horse. The descriptions of conditions are general, but give you enough detail to understand the disease better. It is written in a manner that the lay person can understand easily.

The book is broken into 8 sections: Getting a horse, Living with your horse, Nutrition, Reproduction, Equine body systems and various disorders, Infectious diseases, cancer, and geriatrics, Home care, and Appendices.
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I teach classes in Equine Science at both high school and community college levels. The UC Davis book will become the required text for several of my classes next semester. The information is timely, complete and correct!
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I have to disagree with the review from Guatemala. This book is not intended to make you a vet but to let you understand enough so you, your vet, and your horse can have intelligent interaction. To his specific gripe about dewormers I disagree. Just giving a dewormer without knowing what you are deworming for is wrong. Even for humans a stool sample is lab tested to know exactly what to treat....you'd do less for your horse? This book is exceptional in that it talks to you with the minimal of medical jargon and what is used is explained. I do agree with his review about getting the other book. Both are twins and compliment each other well. I would reccommend you get both.
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