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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jonathan Hale Foreman, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This introductory level textbook on equine exercise physiology consists of three parts covering basic exercise physiology, responses to exercise and training, and applications of exercise physiology, each of which is subdivided into 6-to-8 chapters.
Purpose: The purpose is "to sort the fact from the fiction for the benefit of those involved in training, managing, or working with horses, and to provide an up-to-date summary of the state of play in exercise physiology." While the book may meet these goals, they may be somewhat lofty for the typical horse owner, and the book is geared more toward the student of equine or veterinary science.
Audience: The intended audience is primarily one of students of equine science and secondarily of veterinary science. Veterinary practitioners will also find it helpful in understanding the basics of equine exercise physiology. The book "explains the scientific reasoning behind the training of horses for competition in a manner that those working with horses will comprehend." The authors are experienced in the field of equine exercise physiology and are certainly credible authors in their field.
Features: The first section is a review of the basics of exercise physiology. The second section may be the most useful to most horse owners as it helps to answer many commonly-asked questions regarding horses' responses to exercise and to training. Finally, the third section will further aid in answering questions regarding training differently than the typical or classical methodologies, exercise or fitness testing, feeding, and transport. The book contains mathematical formulae which may not be of interest to the typical horse owner but may be important for the student of equine or veterinary science.
Assessment: This is perhaps the first detailed preveterinary or lay-oriented book on equine exercise physiology. Veterinary practitioners will also find it a useful addition to their library and more readable than some other current books on equine exercise physiology. Anyone interested in equine exercise should have it in their arsenal of references for explanation of commonly-asked exercise-related questions. It is "a readable, up-to-date account of how to achieve the highest standards in ... competition horses. It will suit all horse enthusiasts and students, as well as experienced trainers."