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Holistic Horse Issue 112

Few horse owners have the opportunity to acquire a deep understanding of the hoof, which limits their ability to advocate for their horses and make informed decisions about hoof care and management. The Essential Hoof Book is the first resource of its kind to combine the expertise of hoof experts from around the world with a unique, practical “hands-on” approach for horse owners. The authors provide basic terms and anatomy, clearly illustrate the differences between healthy and unhealthy feet, discuss the biomechanics and management concerns, and cover causes, treatments, and prevention of commonly encountered problems including laminitis, white line disease, and thrush. Readers are given activities to help them analyze and understand important aspects of equine hoof health. The spiral-bound, hardcover book’s easy-to-follow language is segmented into four sections and supplemented with over 400 full-color photographs and illustrations and hands-on exercises. It provides horse owners and caretakers of all experience levels with the tools necessary to accurately assess hoof health to keep their horses sound and happy.

Authors Susan Kauffmann and Christina Cline have several decades of combined experience in the horse industry. Susan Kauffmann spent her early career training and coaching. In 2004, she became an equestrian journalist and photographer, specializing in equine health and welfare. She is widely published and gives classes and seminars to
horse owners and trains using a blend of classical and natural horsemanship philosophies. Christina Cline, a certified trimmer since 2004, is an instructor with the Equine Sciences Academy and a mentor with Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners. She is also a certified in equine massage.

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