Horse Sense: A Complete Guide to Horse Selection and Care

Overview

In forty years as a country veterinarian John J. Mettler has seen just about everything that can happen to horses and horse people — from the first-time buyer purchasing the wrong mount to the experienced owner coping with a case of acute colic. Here Dr. Mettler shares that long experience, flavoring his straight-forward advice with absorbing, and sometimes hair-raising, anecdotes.

True stories draw the reader into each chapter, illustrating the sensible recommendations that ...

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Overview

In forty years as a country veterinarian John J. Mettler has seen just about everything that can happen to horses and horse people — from the first-time buyer purchasing the wrong mount to the experienced owner coping with a case of acute colic. Here Dr. Mettler shares that long experience, flavoring his straight-forward advice with absorbing, and sometimes hair-raising, anecdotes.

True stories draw the reader into each chapter, illustrating the sensible recommendations that follow. For example, there is the thoroughbred racehorse who never learned about fences — and the pony who contracted a case of founder from eating cows' food. There is the young girl who saw a champion in a riding-camp reject — and the lovely and promising filly who died of an easily preventable disease, tetanus.

Dr. Mettler gives invaluable advice on preventive health care, describing immunizations, worming, and dental care, and explaining how three common and serious equine diseases — colic, choke and founder — can be prevented and treated. He explains the steps of breeding, pregnancy, and foaling, and gently instructs how to "put a horse down" when the end comes.

Written with a clarity that allows the author's deep love and respect for horses to shine through, Horse Sense is an indispensable handbook for the new or prospective horse owner.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Without denying the pleasures of owning a horse, Mettler, a country veterinarian with 40 years of equine experience, rightly insists in this lucid guide that the prospective horse owner should ``ask yourself if you really want to take on the responsibility and expense. . . . Just loving a horse is not enough.'' Reminiscent of James Herriot, Mettler underlines his sound advice with true, often touching stories of mistakes that horse owners have made, thereby mistreating and even killing their horses. So that novice owners will avoid mistakes, Mettler offers straightforward recommendations for selecting, stabling, feeding, handling, grooming, fencing and transporting a horse, as well as preventing and treating common diseases. Succinct checklists and safety procedures will encourage prospective owners, while the experienced will benefit from Mettler's understanding of the intricate steps of horse breeding, pregnancy and foaling. Nor does Mettler shy from the painful issue of how and when to ``put a horse down.'' Photos not seen by PW. (May)
Library Journal
Horse lovers of all kinds, whether owners, riders, or just admirers, will find Horsewatching fascinating and insightful. Morris, a noted anthropologist and author of Catwatching and Dogwatching ( LJ 5/15/87), investigates every aspect of horse life, including communication, socialization, and prejudice. He describes the number and variety of horse breeds and discusses the myths and history of horses throughout the ages. Everything you ever wanted to know about horses, and then some. Highly recommended. Horse Sense , a basic horse-care book, primarily addresses the novice. Mettler, a veterinarian, covers what to know before buying a horse, basics of care and housing, and detailed health information. He uses true-life stories--such as the promising thoroughbred that died of an easily preventable disease, tetanus--to illustrate his advice and recommendations. A chatty, personal approach. Recommended.-- Joanne K. Hammond, J. Frank Faust Jr. H.S. Lib., Chambersburg, Pa.
Booknews
True stories draw the reader into each chapter, illustrating the sensible recommendations that follow. The author gives valuable advice on preventive health care, describing immunizations, worming and dental care and explaining how three common and serious equine disease--colic, choke, and founder--can be prevented and treated. An indispensable handbook for the new or prospective horse owner. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882665450
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/4/1989
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Mettler, Jr., D.V.M., is a retired large-animal veterinarian in upstate New York and has written several books on animals, including Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game and Horse Sense. An avid sportsman, his appreciation of the noble turkey was the inspiration for his most recent book, Wild Turkeys. John has written on a broad range of veterinary topics for various magazines and has written a veterinary column for American Agriculturist for over 20 years. He has professional memberships that include the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (past chairman), the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Society for Theriogenology, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue

PART ONE: GETTING STARTED

I. Selecting Your First Horse

II. Housing the Backyard Horse

III. Feeding and Pasture

IV. Fencing

V. Handling Your Horse

VI. Grooming and Foot Care

VII. Tack

VIII. First Aid

IX. Shots, Teeth, Worming, and Coggins

X. Colic, Choke, and Founder

XI. Transporting Your Horse

XII. Owning a Horse without a Stable

PART TWO: GETTING MORE ADVANCED

XIII. Adding Another Horse

XIV. An Experienced Horseman Buys a Horse

XV. Breeding a Mare

XVI. Foaling

XVII. A Foal's First Two Years

XVIII. When the End Comes

Epilogue

Glossary

Sample Health Record

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    Makes you Think

    True stories as well as the authors personal experiences as a vet, make you realize just what is involved with horse ownership. Nothing is sugar-coated and thus this is a great resource! You can also save a lot on vet and farrier bills by following his advice. Highly Recommended!

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