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Care and Management of the Older Horse


Care and Management of the Older Horse

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    Available in PDF Format | Care and Management of the Older Horse.pdf | English
    Heather Parsons(Author)
Today, horses and ponies are living longer than ever before, partially due to advances in veterinary medicine, but also due to the willingness of owners to keep elderly equines for pleasure riding. Literature on the care and training of horses is available in abundance, but the special needs of the older horse have not been addressed in depth, an issue this book aims to redress by providing the owner with a wealth of practical advice and information. All aspects of care and management are covered, including feeding, care at grass and in the stable, vaccinations and worming programmes, dental care, insurance, shoeing, exercise, saddle fitting and retirement options. There is a veterinary section dealing with problems commonly encountered by older horses, and an illuminating and practical section on euthanasia.

Heather Scott Parsons has had many years of experience in caring for a wide variety of horses and ponies. She is deeply interested in equine welfare and is based at the Lambton Stud in Co. Durham.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Heather Parsons(Author)
  • J.A.Allen & Co Ltd (1 Oct. 2001)
  • English
  • 2
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Keith Binding on 7 September 2013

    This is one of the most useful and helpful equestrian care books that I have come across.It is packed full of information and guidance on how to manage and, importantly, pre-empt the challenges that one may come across in caring for older equines.Our much-loved and still very active 23 year-old pony recently sustained a ligament strain. This book explained very clearly the spectrum of potential severity of such injuries, the potential for recovery and a return to work in due course, the vital importance of a slow and structured recovery programme carried out in consultation with the vet, and the signs to look for if a recurrence is to be avoided. In short, clear, concise, invaluable guidance.The same approach is replicated throughout the book, which covers all aspects of horse care. There are useful pointers to other sources of information for topics that demand deeper coverage than space permits in this excellent title.One section worth emphasising is that on supplements. In an industry awash with nutritional supplements and lavish claims the book gives some useful pointers as to which supplements, be they natural or chemical, are supported by clinical evidence of efficacy, and those where the evidence is either lacking or not persuasive.If you want to repay your faithful friend for all that he/she has given you with a healthy and fulfilling later life this book deserves a place on your shelf.

  • By Annie on 28 November 2012

    Finding this very informative, as my throughbred mare that I have had for 11 years, and is now 21, is beginning to age. It covers everything needed to look after your older companion. From stretching excercises to feeding, all topics are covered. And also the management for good doers, is helpful.

  • By lynne d on 22 October 2014

    Fantastic book. I have just got my first horse a 19year old racehorse. This book has been my bible to how to care for the more set in their ways auld cantankerous precious characters. Full of first class tips,stories and help it is a must have book in the horse library

  • By Marion Oliver on 5 August 2014

    After having read reviews of this book on Amazon, I decided to purchase it. I was not disappointed. This is quite possibly the most comprehensive, common sense horse book on the market. A thoroughly recommended read.

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