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EQUINE SCIENCE, 4th Edition gives you the basic understanding of horses necessary for your success in equine care and management. Richly illustrated in full color, the book uses a logical, easy-to-follow outline to make learning simple, while addressing essential topics like care and feeding, training, development and reproduction, illness, inheritance, and the history of horses. Bursting with helpful features, EQUINE SCIENCE, 4th Edition will pique your interest with detailed tables, charts, graphs, and photos, as well as informational sidebars, website references, and end-of chapter activities that test your knowledge of the material. As a future equine professional, you will especially appreciate the glossary of terms at the end of the text, as well as the appendix, which includes useful conversion factors and worksheets and provides contact information for professional organizations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I believe this book provides a great overview of owning a horse. Although I have been around horses for over 21 years, I still learned some new facts and understanding of horses."

"I like the first edition of the book that I am currently using, and have already developed teaching and supporting materials."

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Reviewer: Eva-Christina Schliewert, Dr. med. vet., MCMV, FTA Pferd(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book provides detailed information on horse history, anatomy and physiology, and management. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose: It is intended as a primer on horse science for people wanting to work with horses (trainers, managers, etc.) and, to a lesser extent, for owners. It provides valuable background information for people with little experience.
Audience: The audience is students seeking jobs in the equine industry, and the content is appropriate for this group.
Features: Following a brief history, the book details horse anatomy and physiology (and how that relates to the purposes horses are intended for). It also focuses on management issues (general horse care, breeding, healthcare, behavior, and business aspects). At the end of each chapter there is a review and student activity section that can help with understanding and application of the topic. There are helpful appendixes (conversion tables, vaccination schedules, etc.) and a glossary of terms used in the field. The book is a valuable resource for someone who does not have a lot of horse experience; people who come from a horse background may find that they already know most of this.
Assessment: This is a great resource for students without an extensive horse background who are interested in the equine industry. It might also be valuable for veterinarians as a tool for owner education. It highlights different aspects and provides useful, detailed, and current information. There is (to my knowledge) no other book that provides this information in one volume. The new edition features updated information and data and now also offers information on zoonoses, proteomics and nutrigenomics, sexed semen, green buildings, safety, horse theft, equitation competitions, therapeutic riding, information literacy, and personal qualities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418032548
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/19/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Parker is the director for AgrowKnowledge, the National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education, a project funded by the National Science Foundation. The former division director at the College of Southern Idaho, he worked in agriculture, information technology, drafting, and electronics, and taught computer, agriculture, and writing classes. He is the 2008 recipient of the N.A.C.T.A. (National American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Distinguished Educator Award, and the 2010 recipient of the N.A.C.T.A. Murray Brown Leadership Award. Dr. Parker has authored several Delmar,Cengage textbooks (Plant & Soil Science, Aquaculture Science, Introduction to Plant Science, and Introduction to Food Science, and others), and serves as Editor of the N.A.C.T.A. Journal. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from Iowa State University, and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and the University of Wyoming, Laramie.

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Table of Contents

1. History and Development of the Horse. 2. Status and Future of the Horse Industry. 3. Breeds, Types, and Classes of Horses. 4. Cells, Tissues, and Organs. 5. Functional Anatomy. 6. Biomechanics of Movement. 7. Unsoundness. 8. Selecting and Judging Horses. 9. Determining Age, Height, and Weight of Horses. 10. Genetics. 11. Reproduction and Breeding. 12. Digestion and Nutrition. 13. Feeds and Feeding Horses. 14. Health Management. 15. Parasite Control. 16. Common Management Practices. 17. Shoeing and Hoof Care. 18. Buildings and Equipment. 19. Horse Behavior and Training. 20. Equitation. 21. Business Aspects. 22. Career Opportunities. Appendix. Glossary.

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