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The Essential Hoof Book


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Foreword by Gene Ovnicek Introduction SECTION ONE: ANATOMY 1. Useful Anatomical Terms 2. Exterior Hoof Anatomy - Coronary band and Hoof Wall 3. Exterior Hoof Anatomy - Solar View 4. Interior Hoof Anatomy SECTION TWO: RECOGNISING HEALTHY AND UNHEALTHY FEET 5. Size, Shape, and the Hoof Wall 6. Angles of the Hoof and Heel Assessment 7. Balance and Symmetry 8. Toe Length - The Long and Short of It 9. Frog, Sole, and Bar Health 10. Cracks, Bruises, Abscesses, and Puncture Wounds SECTION THREE: DISEASE PROCESSES INSIDE THE FOOT 11. Laminitis/'Founder' 12. The Chapter Formerly Known as Navicular Disease 13. Sidebone, Ringbone, and Pedal Osteitis SECTION FOUR: CREATING HEALTHY HOOVES 14. How Hooves get Healthy and Stay That Way 15. Going Barefoot 16. A Few Notes on Mules, Donkeys, Minis and Drafts Appendix For Further Information About the Authors Credits Acknowledgements Index

About the Author

Susan Kauffmann has been a professional in the horse industry for over three decades. The early part of her career was devoted to training and coaching, then in 2004 she branched out to become an equestrian journalist and photographer specializing in topics relating to equine health and welfare. CHRISTINA CLINE became a certified trimmer in 2004, and has trimmed full time ever since. She is an instructor with the Equine Sciences Academy and a mentor with Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners, and is also certified in equine massage.


'A great resource for all things hoof-related, The Essential Hoof Book truly is essential to have in any barn.'
'What I particularly love about this book is that it does not preach one 'right' way to treat hooves instead, The Essential Hoof Book teaches readers how hooves can be managed rather than 'corrected.' The Essential Hoof Book needs to be on every horse owner's bookshelf.'
'Once you've read The Essential Hoof Book, you will have a much deeper understanding of the horse's hoof and how to keep it healthy and sound in ways you perhaps never thought of-or thought possible.' -- Gene Ovnicek
'Hardcover and spiral-bound, which make it delightful to use as a reference book (why are they not all like that?). With such a wide range of useful information, this is the type of book that is a must-have for all hoof care professionals (farriers/trimmers/vets) ... [and] every single horseowner.'

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