Combining clear descriptions with corresponding video, this tool is a must-have for all horsemen seeking a strong eye for evaluating horse movement.
“The primary objective of this book is to shorten the time frame between the onset of your horse’s problem and your recognition of it.” —Excerpt from Equine Lameness for the Layman
Painful for the horse, frustrating for the owner, lameness is the No. 1 reason behind horses getting sidelined from performance. Often the difference between a lameness being temporary versus career ending comes in how soon it’s discovered.
Veterinarian G. Robert “Bob” Grisel knows that early detection comes from having savvy horse owners, which is why he put together Equine Lameness for the Layman: Tools for Prompt Recognition, Accurate Assessment, and Proactive Management. The book works as a complete, practical, at-home “course” in equine lameness valuable to the new horse owner as well as the lifelong professional.
Easy-to-read chapters describe various kinds of equine lameness, as well as equine anatomy most often associated with them. The book also teaches how to develop a consistent method of evaluation that can help lead to a diagnosis. It includes a thorough glossary of terms in addition to hundreds of illustrations, charts and diagrams.
The book’s gold mine is its corresponding videos. More than 100 QR codes found throughout the book give readers access (through smartphone scanner apps) to videos of horses exhibiting the lamenesses and gait abnormalities described in the text. The book’s solid descriptions reinforce and make clear what the videos present.
Grisel draws on years of experience as a veterinarian in the racing and sport horse worlds, and as a private practitioner and surgeon in his Atlanta Equine Clinic in Hoschton, Georgia. He has a worldwide reputation as a specialist in equine sports medicine and lameness.
For all of the veterinary correctness in its language, his book’s text and videos engage learners of all kinds. From upward fixation of the patella to asymmetrical strides, it’s fascinating and helpful material for any student of the horse.