What does it take to grow the very best hooves an individual horse can possibly grow? Is it some magical trim, a supplement, or some newfangled shoeing package? The answers are much farther-reaching and involve every aspect of the horse s life. Can laminitis and caudal foot pain be cured? Prevented? Can a carefully cultivated hoof form and internal foot development protect the horse from injury throughout the body? Hoof Rehabilitation Specialist Pete Ramey has teamed up with contributing authors Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD, Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, DACVSMR,MRCVS, Brian Hampson, PhD, Eleanor Kellon, VMD, Kerry Ridgway, DVM, Debra Taylor, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Kathryn Watts, BS. Together they have detailed countless aspects of the veterinary care, hoof maintenance, internal development, nutrition, biomechanics, property management, and husbandry needed to optimize the equine foot and to treat many of the problems common to horses everywhere.
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Pete Ramey began his farrier training in 1994 through a two-year local apprenticeship. He also shod his own herd (25 horses in work as mountain trail horses) before officially going into business in 96. From the beginning, he was inherently drawn to laminitis and caudal foot pain cases immersing himself in the study of rehabilitative trimming and shoeing techniques. But it wasn t until 1998, when he began informal training by Cindy Sullivan, that things really started falling into place. She introduced him to a whole-horse way of thinking about hoof problems. Over the course of the next two years, he bought some 30 horses with hoof problems from the killer pens to advance his skills and give the horses a second chance. He became forever addicted to the study of equine soundness and rehabilitation. Today, he specializes full-time, in laminitis and caudal foot pain cases. Aside from his local practice, he has traveled the world working on hard cases and teaching, written a previous hoof care book, written numerous articles, produced a very popular series of instructional DVDs dedicated to the rehabilitation and prevention of hoof problems, and co-founded the American Hoof Association (AHA). He lives in the Georgia mountains with the love of his life and 4 great kids.Review:
I've been looking at horse feet for years but until I read this book I never really saw the foot. I would be a much better diagnostician if I had read this book years ago. --John Schumacher, DVM
I have just finished reading this book from cover to cover and feel that I have greatly increased my knowledge of the horses foot and how to manage it in both the normal and pathological state. Pete Ramey had brought together a broad range of authors who have all had a significant impact in their respective fields of work. The result is a well balanced and holistic view of the management of the horse which covers the foot in more detail than I have found in other references. The bringing together of various points of view of hoof care professionals with scientists, veterinarians and nutritionists, all with the healthy horse and healthy foot as the ultimate goal, has produced a resource that will stand alone for some time to come. This is an important reference for all those involved in the care of the horse and should be compulsive reading for horse owners and managers. I highly recommend the book. I have read all 464 pages but I will go back to the text and great descriptive figures time and time again in the future. --Brian Hampson PhD
Pete Ramey s new Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot is singularly the most comprehensive and complete work ever written about the horse s hoof. Prepare yourself for deep, detailed and scientific. It s not a light read but rather a study manual that will likely take years to absorb. At least it will for me. But the 630 color pictures and diagrams help even the lay person grasp the principles and get a deeper understanding of the hoof and what makes it tick. You ll learn everything about growing a healthy foot from within, combining all of the various aspects of hoof care, nutrition, and lifestyle into a system that yields the best end-result for the horse, covering both the veterinary/internal and the farrier/physical sides of rehab and prevention of hoof problems. Most books only focus on one or the other. Cover-to-cover this book never strays from the foot and conditions that affect the foot. There is no 'fluff' or 'filler'. It s a must-have for anyone interested in knowing more about the health of their horse s hooves than anyone else on the planet. --Joe Camp - Author of the National Best Seller The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd
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