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The Essential Hoof Book

The equine hoof is a complex marvel of natural engineering, built to withstand tremendous forces and able to adapt to an astonishing range of environmental conditions. It also changes daily–for better or for worse–in response to external and internal factors. Few horse owners have the opportunity to acquire a deep understanding of the hoof, which limits their ability to advocate on their horses' behalf and make informed decisions about hoof care and management. This book is the first resource of its kind to combine the most current and useful information available, gleaned from the research and wisdom of top hoof experts around the world, with a unique "hands-on" approach. The authors provide basic terms and anatomy, clearly illustrate the differences between healthy and unhealthy feet, discuss biomechanics and management concerns, and cover the causes, treatments, and prevention of commonly encountered problems, including laminitis, white line disease, and thrush. Along the way, readers are given activities to help them better analyze and understand the most important aspects of equine hoof health, such as hoof balance, depth of sole, and point of breakover. Easy–to–follow language, over 400 full–color photographs, and do–it–yourself exercises promise to empower horse owners and caretakers of all experience levels with the tools they need to accurately assess hoof health and keep their horses as sound and happy as possible.
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Easy-to-follow language, over 400 full color photographs, and do-it-yourself exercises promise to empower horse owners and caretakers of all experience levels with the tools they need to accurately assess hoof health and keep their horses as sound and happy as possible. -- Northwest Horse Source The Essential Hoof Book was written for the horse owner. However, the information and photographs that are used in this book to explain the concepts and goals in properly balancing the foot would be beneficial to any hoof-care professional. This is an excellent book for educating the public, well-written with exceptional photographs and illustrations. --American Farriers Journal "The Essential Hoof Book is just that: essential! ... A fascinating and detailed work that contains everything needed to make sure the most important aspect of horse keeping is addressed properly. A must-have for serious horse owners." Cowgirl "Diagrams help to take the mystery out of commonly misunderstood things like proper hoof angles and toe length. With its spiral-bound format, this book can easily be kept in the barn or tack room for reference. ... A one-of-a-kind comprehensive study of the hoof." EquineSenior.com "Could easily serve as a textbook for a class in anatomy, equine science or equine management, but reads so easily that you could find yourself working steadily from cover to cover. ... What I particularly love about this book is that it does not preach one "right" way to treat hooves  instead, The Essential Hoof Book teaches readers how hooves can be managed rather than "corrected." The Essential Hoof Book needs to be on every horse owner's bookshelf." HorseNation.com "A great resource for all things hoof-related, The Essential Hoof Book truly is essential to have in any barn." Equine Journal "Hardcover and spiral-bound, which make it delightful to use as a reference book (why are they not all like that?). With such a wide range of useful information, this is the type of book that is a must-have for all hoof care professionals (farriers/trimmers/vets) ... [and] every single horseowner." The Horse's Hoof

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