Equine Health Books

All the books featured on this page have been recommended by our equine therapists.

ON THIS PAGE: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Natural Hoof Care, Podiatry, Shiatsu and Sports Massage

PAGE 2 -> For horse health books covering: Alexander Technique, Bach Flower Remedies, Clicker Training, Homeopathy, Horse Behaviour, Laser Therapy, Naturopathy, Natural Horsemanship, Natural Healing, Nutrition, Reiki, TTouch systems


Equine Acupressure

The contents of this book are essential knowledge for anyone wanting a better understanding of the five element theory as applied to horses. The meridians and acupressure points are clearly explained for the lay person as well as those with more understanding. The book gives details of specific points to work for certain conditions as well as how to assess a horse's overall condition. Regarded by therapists as the bible of equine acupressure.

A Hotline to Your Horse: A Pressure Point System for Solving Muscle Problems

The author has worked with injured horses for many years. In this book he shares with the reader the secrets of his pressure point system, developed using techniques that go back 3000 years, and which he has found especially effective in treating physical and emotional stress. The book sets out an easily comprehended method to use to enhance your horse's well-being and willingness to perform.

Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to...

A comprehensive book on veterinary acupuncture in four parts.

Part one covers the history, the anatomic and neurophysiologic basis of acupuncture, research and practical techniques.

Part two covers acupuncture in small animals.

Part three covers acupuncture in large animals including equine acupuncture according to body system.

Part four takes an honest look at failures in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary manipulative therapies.

Essentials of Western Veterinary Acupuncture

This book seeks to challenge common misgivings by showing how veterinary acupuncture works (for small and large animals), and why it should be established as an orthodox form of treatment.

Written from a Western approach, rather than a traditional Chinese Medicine approach, it explains the background and history of acupuncture and includes key information on safety aspects, understanding pain and how acupuncture can help, practical aspects such as types of needles and methods of restraint, and related techniques.

Shiatsu for Your Horse

Cathy Tindall the reknown Shiatsu therapist has taken the ancient oriental treatment of Shiatsu and developed it into a modern form of massage. In the first part of this book the reader is shown how to perform a simple Shiatsu treatment. Part Two explains the philosophy behind Shiatsu in simple terms for the reader who would like a deeper understanding. The third part introduces the reader to The Five Elements as a means of recognising the characteristic of a horse and gaining a better knowledge of its anatomy.

Easy to use for riders of all levels of ability: the complex subject is simplified.

Shiatsu Therapy for Horses: Know...

Shiatsu is a sister therapy to acupuncture, it employs finger pressure to gently stimulate the body's natural healing ability. The techniques that Pamela Hannay demonstrates in this book are simple, can be learned quickly and are easy to apply. They are safe because they require only the application of the hands in a gentle and natural way. The reader is guided through the theory and practice of shiatsu by means of over 300 colour and black and white photographs, detailed colour meridian location charts and point location charts, and easy-to-follow instructions and explanations.

The Well Adjusted Horse

A well written, complete guide to equine manipulation. A must read for anyone who loves horses or is into horse-care. This book unlocks the secrets to equine chiropractic and explains how to reach remarkable results with simple and safe manipulative actions.


Understanding the Horse's Back

A guide to understanding the horse's back: how it works, what can go wrong, how to recognize problems and how to prevent them. Topics covered include: anatomy; causes of problems; diagnoses and therapies; orthodox and complementary treatments; exercise and training; shoeing; and saddle-fitting.

The Horse's Pain Free Back & Saddle Fit Book

Is your horse's back free from pain? How can you tell? Is he moving in a relaxed manner, happily complying with the aids? Or is he stiff, moving crookedly, or resistant and disagreeable about work? If he falls into this latter category, chances are his back hurts. This book can help guide you to solutions for these back problems.

The Horse's Muscles in Motion

This title aims to show how the horse's muscles work and explains how this knowledge can be put to good use in riding, whether in competition or for recreation. Using her own careful anatomical drawings, the author studies the skeleton, the action of the muscles, and the role of the nervous system.

Essential Oils for Horses: A Source Book...

This comprehensive guide is designed to help those who wish to know how to use essential oils on their horses. Essential oils are used to treat sweet itch and other skin problems, mud fever, strained muscles and tendons, respiratory ailments, digestive and emotional problems, to ward off flies and much, much more.

The guide also shows massage sequences that are easy to understand and can be undertaken by the most novice horse owner.

Massage Techniques for Horse & Rider

This text covers in depth, the circulatory, muscular and nervous systems of the horse and rider as they relate to massage. The various techniques, effects and end results of each type of massage are thoroughly covered. The photographs and detailed line drawings make this a useful reference.

Mary Bromiley is a fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and has gained world-wide renown for her work as an equine physiotherapist.

Physical Therapy and Massage for the...

A professor of veterinary anatomy and a practising horse physiotherapist have combined their valuable knowledge and know how in this text, to provide a blend of basic biomechanics and practical physical therapeutic techniques, to relieve pain and improve performance, particularly in the sporting horse.

Stretch Exercises for Your Horse

Human therapist and equestrian trainer Karin Blignault, explains the role of stretch exercises in preventing injury, alleviating pain and improving performance, the need to develop suppleness in tandem with strength, and the part played by the classical ridden movements in the gymnastic development of the horse. Karin describes a number of mounted and dismounted exercises which benefit specific groups of muscles and explains how each exercise should be performed.

Horse Owners' Guide to Natural Hoof Care

This book is a thorough wholistic guide to natural hoof care. Jamie Jackson is well known for his work and research into natural hoof care. His ideas are controversial and thought provoking. However, horse owners who have followed his ideas and recommendations have nothing but praise for his methods. The book could best be described as an educational text book on natural hoof management.

Founder: Prevention and Cure - The...

Concise and practical advice for all horse-owners on how they can give their horses a better lifestyle and avoid founder. Written by hoof care expert Jaimie Jackson.

Equine Dentistry

For both experienced equine dentists and students interested in studying horse dentistry. A comprehensive and definitive text on equine dentistry divided into 4 sections: 1: Morphology 2: Dental Disease and Pathology 3: Diagnosis of Dental Disorders 4: Equine Dental Techniques

Equine Dentistry: A Practical Guide

Designed for the practitioner in the field or the clinic, this quick reference manual provides medical and surgical guidance in a practical, concise manner. Procedural in its approach, this text contains many tables, charts and lists, and step-by-step procedures, diagnostic evaluation, and medical and surgical management of all dental problems in the horse.

Equine Podiatry

The first text for veterinarians and farrier's that focuses exclusively on the foot. The foot is the most common site of lameness in horses and it is estimated that seventy to eighty percent of lameness problems are foot-related. It covers the basic farrier principles, but also focuses on medical and surgical foot care management. Starting with the anatomy and physiology of the equine foot, the book moves on to evaluation of the equine foot; pathological conditions; balancing and shoeing the healthy and diseased equine hoof and finally ends on new direction in equine podiatry.

The Injury Free Horse

This book helps the horse owner to identify what is normal, the problems and the steps that can be taken to prevent problems from occurring. Includes step-by-step photographic sequences for massage, suppling and stretching exercises to improve horses' physical and mental well-being. Concludes with advice on modifying exercise programmes to accommodate special cases, from the rigors of competition to looking after the aged horse.

Amanda Sutton has been Honorary Physiotherapist at Blenheim, Windsor and Burghley horse trials for several years, and was team physio at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics.


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