by Julie Brega
J.A. Allen & Co., Ltd.
1 Lower Grosvenor Place
London, SW1W OEL Great Britain
071 834 0090
Softbound, 122 pages, illustrated, $11.95
Reviewed by Diana Mead Jordan
This review was published in the November, 1996 issue of ANVIL Magazine
This book is one of six in a series that forms the basis of a course offered by the Open College of Equestrian Studies in England. The book offers chapters on anatomy, corrective shoeing, lameness, causes of lameness and therapies. In 122 pages, one can imagine the brevity of the coverage. The book, meant for equestrians, tries to encompass too much in a small space. The illustrations of anatomy appear to have been copied from other more comprehensive works, and those on farriery are weak.
It has been said that "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing," and this book offers just enough to give a horse owner something to talk about to his/her farrier - possibly something the farrier doesn't want to hear. There are many excellent books on this subject, and the school might do well to turn to the masters. Today, those thirsty horse owners who lap up everything that hits the book stands are well read and can handle it.
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