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Hands-on senior horse care : the complete book of senior equine management and first aid
Hayes, Karen E. N.
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Gaithersburg, MD : Primedia Enthusiast Publications, [2001]

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431 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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SF285.3 .H39 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Over 400 pages of management tips, insights, and red-alert action plans designed by an equine veterinarian specifically to care for the aging horse.

Author Notes

Dr. Karen Hayes has an equine practice in Idaho. Sue Copeland is a journalist and lives in Texas. The authors' previous collaboration was Hands-On Horse Care.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

With more pleasure horses reaching the age of 15 years, this book fills a need for information on the care of these equine senior citizens. Hayes, a veterinarian, and Copeland, an equine journalist, provide an excellent guide to all phases of caring for the older horse. The book is billed as "like having a geriatric specialist in your barn," and fulfills this promise handsomely. The first section covers changes in the horse's condition, with extremely clear flowcharts that use yes/no questions to advise owners on the steps they should take based on the symptoms they observe. The second section examines major ailments that occur with greater frequency in older horses, such as arthritis or colic. Section three is a hands-on guide to the management of an older horse, including health checks for the animal's condition and suggested veterinarian checkups, while section four contains a glossary and references for further reading. Employing a succinct yet caring writing style, the authors cram an amazing amount of information into their book. Highly recommended for all collections. Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

These two excellent volumes cover the critical periods of equine early training and senior health. In Bringing Up Baby, Lyons, known for his conditioned-response training methods, offers advice for gently teaching the young horse to respect humans and accept haltering, leading, bathing, trailer loading, and other equine basics. Lyons divides the book into 20 lessons, each building on the animal's previous experience. The outlined steps are clear, descriptive, and well illustrated with outstanding color photos. Fine safety guidelines for preventing injury to both humans and horses are included. An excellent guide for neophytes as well as experienced horsepeople, this work can easily be used to retrain older animals with less than perfect manners as well. Geriatric medicine helps prevent health problems in the older horse and improve its quality of life. Veterinarian Hayes and journalist Copeland (who previously collaborated with Hayes on Hands-On Horse Care) address the special needs of horses aged 15 years and older. Symptom charts guide users through a series of questions aimed at determining possible causes and appropriate courses of action for common age-related conditions. The "Age Events" section highlights eight common health conditions of the aged equine such as arthritis, colic, and Cushing's Disease, and other sections cover feeding, evaluating physical condition, and stretching exercises. Owners will appreciate the "While You Wait" suggestions explaining what to do until the vet arrives. Alternative medicine is briefly covered, as is a compassionate description of euthanasia. The result is concrete, pithy advice in a nicely illustrated volume. Both books would be welcome additions to collections serving horse lovers. Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans' Hosp., Tampa, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.