Book Notes

New edition offers Lessons on lameness

Dealing with lame horses is a prime function of the farrier's trade, so is the revised and expanded edition of The Lame Horse should by of interest to the farrier community. 

The book's author is James R. Rooney, D.V.M., a retired professor emeritus from the University of Kentucky. He has taught and conducted research on horses of prestigious universities, lectured extensively in the United States and abroad and has written eight books as well as numerous articles on horses.

Originally printed in 1974, the book has been popular because of its ease of use and well thought-out organization. If you're looking for specific causes of lameness, for instance involving the foreleg tendons, it's easy to find the specific chapter for that area. The new edition includes new sections on gait analysis, biomechanics and the horse's response to training. 

Lameness Primer

As its title attests, the book's sole purpose is to explore the subject of lameness. He discusses the well-known types, clinical signs, the cause of those signs, and what approaches should be taken to prevent such lameness or to treat them when they do occur. 

Rooney describes the mechanics involved in lameness cases in a practical and easy-to-understand manner. 

Handy Glossary

One feature of the book that readers new to horses will appreciate is a glossary that appears on the right-hand side of every odd-numbered page. The glossary provides a handy definition of any scientific term or condition introduced on that or the previous page. It's a handy tool that…

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