The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion / Edition 1

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Overview

We all want our horses to be able to perform to the best of their ability and we know that an effective training regime has many facets. The horse must be worked correctly, fed a balanced ration, mentally and physically healthy and well looked after. This book examines a further aspect of the horse’s performance: it is designed to help all horse owners and riders to understand how a horse moves and how its anatomy helps, or hinders, the horse’s athletic ability.

First, the book uses sequences of photographs and detailed anatomical drawings to show the systems of support and movement at each phase of each of the horse’s gaits. The walk, trot, canter, gallop and jump are all examined, and the effect of the rider on the horse evaluated so that the rider can take appropriate action to avoid hindering the horse. Tips are provided throughout on ways in which the horse’s life can be made easier, such as saddle fitting, warming up and cooling down procedures.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Jonathan Hale Foreman, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book is intended as a tutorial for lay persons on the anatomy and movement of their horses. The book has two main sections: anatomy and conformation and the "horse in action," or illustrations and text designed to teach the reader about how horses move in various gaits, including walking, trotting, cantering, galloping, jumping, and rolling and shaking.
Purpose: The book "is designed to help all horse owners and riders to understand how a horse moves and how its anatomy helps, or hinders, the horse's athletic ability." The authors cleverly combine three graphical elements (photographs, and drawings of musculature and skeleton) to illustrate, first, the anatomy of the horse, and second, the biomechanics of the various typical motions or gaits of the horse. These are important topics for horse riders and trainers to understand, and this book represents the first textual, non-anecdotal or observational, source material for horse owners to reference regarding the basics of equine biomechanics under different conditions.
Audience: The intended audience is horse owners and riders. This book will also prove to be valuable for any veterinarian, veterinary student, or animal scientist interested in equine biomechanics. The authors have adequately geared the text to their audience. The anatomical figures link photographs of actual horses with the same underlying anatomy drawn in separate but paired figures to illustrate the underlying anatomy.
Features: The most valuable asset of the book is clearly the linking of anatomical drawings with the use of photographs of actual horses in stances or in motion. The authors combine single point-in-time black-and-white photographs and separate detailed drawings of the skeleton and the musculature drawn at the same point in time as the still photograph to illustrate what the anatomy under the horse's skin is doing at the time of the photograph. This leads then to a sequence of illustrations for each gait which elaborately and painstakingly details the changes in the horse's anatomy and body position as it jumps, gallops, or trots. The authors have easily met their intention of illustrating for the reader the basic biomechanics of the horse in motion.
Assessment: The authors state that "tips are provided throughout on ways in which the horse's life can be made easier, such as saddle fitting, warming up and cooling down procedures," but the real value in this book is in the quality of the illustrations. The sheer number and sequence of the illustrations, and the cleverness and detail with which they have been undertaken, makes this an invaluable book for anyone interested in the motion of the horse. The affordable price makes it an even better purchase, and no equine-oriented student should be without it.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Jonathan Hale Foreman, DVM, MS(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book is intended as a tutorial for lay persons on the anatomy and movement of their horses. The book has two main sections: anatomy and conformation and the "horse in action," or illustrations and text designed to teach the reader about how horses move in various gaits, including walking, trotting, cantering, galloping, jumping, and rolling and shaking.
Purpose: The book "is designed to help all horse owners and riders to understand how a horse moves and how its anatomy helps, or hinders, the horse's athletic ability." The authors cleverly combine three graphical elements (photographs, and drawings of musculature and skeleton) to illustrate, first, the anatomy of the horse, and second, the biomechanics of the various typical motions or gaits of the horse. These are important topics for horse riders and trainers to understand, and this book represents the first textual, non-anecdotal or observational, source material for horse owners to reference regarding the basics of equine biomechanics under different conditions.
Audience: The intended audience is horse owners and riders. This book will also prove to be valuable for any veterinarian, veterinary student, or animal scientist interested in equine biomechanics. The authors have adequately geared the text to their audience. The anatomical figures link photographs of actual horses with the same underlying anatomy drawn in separate but paired figures to illustrate the underlying anatomy.
Features: The most valuable asset of the book is clearly the linking of anatomical drawings with the use of photographs of actual horses in stances or in motion. The authors combine single point-in-time black-and-white photographs and separate detailed drawings of the skeleton and the musculature drawn at the same point in time as the still photograph to illustrate what the anatomy under the horse's skin is doing at the time of the photograph. This leads then to a sequence of illustrations for each gait which elaborately and painstakingly details the changes in the horse's anatomy and body position as it jumps, gallops, or trots. The authors have easily met their intention of illustrating for the reader the basic biomechanics of the horse in motion.
Assessment: The authors state that "tips are provided throughout on ways in which the horse's life can be made easier, such as saddle fitting, warming up and cooling down procedures," but the real value in this book is in the quality of the illustrations. The sheer number and sequence of the illustrations, and the cleverness and detail with which they have been undertaken, makes this an invaluable book for anyone interested in the motion of the horse. The affordable price makes it an even better purchase, and no equine-oriented student should be without it.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632051373
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,354,440
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Pilliner has an unusual mixture of an academic background combined with extensive practical knowledge. She is a former lecturer in nutrition and exercise physiology and is the author of Horse Nutrition and Feeding and Practical Feeding of Horses and Ponies. She is also co-author of Horse and Stable Management, Getting Horses Fit, and Equine Science, Health and Performance. Sarah competes regularly in dressage, showjumping and horse trials.

Samantha Elmhurst is a freelance illustrator with a mixed background of art school training, scientific knowledge and equestrianism. As well as being a regular contributor to various equine magazines, her work can be seen in the more mainstream veterinary publications for both pet owners and veterinary surgeons and also medical titles. Samantha competes regularly in dressage and showjumping.

Zoe Davies is a former lecturer in equine science, a consultant equine nutritionist and an external examiner for higher education courses for Edexcel. She has substantial experience in equine management and training. She is the author of Care of the Horse at Grass, and co-author with Sarah Pilliner of Getting Horses Fit and Equine Science, Health and Performance.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Anatomy and conformation; The head and neck; The chest and ribs; The forelimbs; The abdomen; The hind limbs; The back; Part II: Movement; Walk; Trot; Canter; Gallop; Collection; Lateral movements; Rein back; Jumping; Part III: Lameness and injuries; Sites of common lameness; Identification of the lame limb; Common lamenesses; Appendices: The points of the horse; The skeleton; Superficial muscles; Deep muscles; The stay apparatus; The tendons and ligaments; The circulation; The nervous system

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