As a new feature, we're going to share some of our members' favorite books. As foaling and breeding season is getting into full swing, now's the right time for some breeding-oriented books. Judy Hedreen, one of the original Steering Committee members, had these suggestions to share. Thank you Judy!
These are oldies, but goodies:
Blessed are the Broodmares, M. Phyllis Lose
This book covers all the aspects of preparing for foaling, the actual birth, and educating the new breeder on what a successful birth involves and what you need to know and be prepared to do in the event of dystocia, or things just go wrong. Some people have complained the book is a terrifying read for newbies, but I reread it every couple of years for review.
Breeding Management and Foal Development, Equine Research, Inc.
The basic, comprehensive reference book on breeding management, breeding plans, artificial insemination, etc., through the foal's first year, written for the lay-person. Easily understood with lots of pictures and charts, well cross-referenced.
Equine Genetics and Selection Procedures, Equine Research, Inc.
While there is much new information now available in the genetics field, this book is still a good, well-written basic primer for the new breeder. This is written for the lay-person.
Adam's Lameness in Horses or Adam's and Stashak's Lameness in Horses (this is the most recent edition). For me, this is the bible on lameness in horses. A college level text (so it can be a little difficult for the lay-person), every raiser of horses should have in their library. You will feel more confident when talking with veterinarians, asking questions, understanding what they are diagnosing and why certain treatments or surgeries are recommended or not.
These books may all be purchased on Amazon. USSHBA is one of the non-profits that is part of Amazon's Smile Program. For every item you purchase, a small donation is given to the non-profit of your choice.
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