Horse Movement: Structure, Function and Rehabilitation

Title:           Horse Movement: Structure, Function and Rehabilitation
Author:        Gail Williams (Author), Alexa McKenna (Author), Hilary Clayton (Foreword)
Hardcover:  192 pages
Publisher:    JA Allen (September 12 2014)
Language:    English
ISBN-10:    1908809116
ISBN- 13:    978-1908809117
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 27.4 cm

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Expecting a dry textbook full of confusing diagrams and vocabulary I'd never understand, I was pleasantly surprised to find an interesting, readable book full of practical information and exercises. ... A must for riders who want to understand their horses from the inside out."-American Cowboy

'Congratulations to the authors for compiling a book that is both interesting to read and relevant to current training practices. The information herein will be useful for analysing, interpreting and improving the performance of our equine athletes.'-Prof. Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, Dipl ACVSMR, MRCVS

'Williams conveys complex information in an easy-to-understand manner. Her tone is conversational and compelling. Most of all, she eloquently expresses her care and concern for the horse, and that makes her book a most worthwhile read.'-Practical Horseman

From the Inside Flap
Anatomy is often said to be boring, but nothing could be further from the truth. Anatomy, particularly functional anatomy, is a vital and dynamic subject, an appreciation of which leads not only to superior horse management and welfare, but also to a better understanding of the anatomical challenges associated with riding, training, overtraining, injury, and rehabilitation. Using Alexa McKennas fabulous illustrations, this book shows the correlation of the skeleton, muscular system and locomotion, providing a clear insight into the functional and dysfunctional horse.

It addresses the largely misunderstood concept of perfect conformation and looks at the effect of the rider and tack on the function of the horse, using cutting-edge diagnostic techniques such as thermal imaging and gait analysis.

Again with the emphasis on the visual, readers will be able to appreciate how muscles function in differing athletic disciplines by analyzing the heat generated in musculoskeletal structures after exercise. This will also highlight the importance of post-competition recovery.

The book concludes with a range of useful techniques to improve the function of any horse, including stretches, taping, wrapping, and other proprioceptive techniques to increase balance, flexibility, awareness, and posture.

About the Author
Gail Williams PhD has a first class honours degree in animal science and a PhD in equine biomechanics from Bristol Veterinary School. She is a qualified veterinary physiotherapist and works with many top vets, horses and riders in the UK and USA. In the USA she operates from Santa Ynez Valley, California. Gail lectures around the globe on all aspects of veterinary physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and her scientific research papers have been published in major veterinary journals. She is Head of Education and Training/Senior Consulting Veterinary Physiotherapist for the Association for the Scientific Study of Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapy (ASSVAP). She has written and delivered BSc and MSc degrees for UK Universities, has also successfully supervised many MSc and PhD students, and acts as an external examiner for post-graduate students at many universities.

Alexa McKenna BVM&S received her veterinary degree from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, and has been illustrating scientific texts and teaching material since 1984. She is currently a small animal general practitioner and continues her education in equine rehabilitation, physiotherapy and veterinary acupuncture. She lives in her home town of Santa Barbara, California.

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