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Raising Horses
by Heather Smith Thomas
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Storey, 2010 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Whether you are a first time owner or veteran handler of horses, this updated and revised edition of Raising Horses by Heather Smith Thomas will keep you one step ahead of any problem that may develop in the stable or out in the pasture.

With the most up-to-date information reflective of new medical research and modern technology, this comprehensive guide covers breeding, equine care and facilities.

You'll find new information on greener horsekeeping and pasturing methods, expanded coverage of disease prevention and vaccination options, updated hoof care advice, the latest on reproductive care and techniques, daily health care routines, foaling and weaning guidance and safe paddock options.

The guide begins with the basics of horsekeeping, including facilities, feeding and nutrition, seasonal care, foot care and handling. The following section goes into horse health care. You'll learn how to read signs of health and sickness, as well as how to prevent, diagnose, and treat both infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Whether it is a problem with parasites, toxic plants and poisons, colic, or skin, dental, mouth, eye, ear and digestive tract issues, there's material here that addresses these situations.

In the closing section of the book, Heather Smith Thomas addresses breeding. Subjects range from keeping a stallion, good genetics and breeding the mare to caring for the broodmare, foaling, and caring for the newborn foal.

If you are looking for a trusty reference to keep at your side and consult whenever a question arises, this is the book you want to own. First published in 2009, Raising Horses has become a classic in equine care.

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