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Horse Books and Gifts

Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Hoof Problems by Rob van Nassau. For over 500 years, books have been written on the subject of shoeing and caring for horses’ hooves; however, they have rarely been written by a practicing farrier and seldom with such detail as you will find in this fascinating new book. With over 800 color photographs and hundreds of meticulously labeled illustrations, as well as simple explanations of technical jargon and terminology, Hoof Problems is a fabulous educational tool for every horse person. Learn about: hoof and limb mechanics—bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and circulation; foot axis and limb conformation, and malformation and related consequences; general hoof care, and trimming and shoeing pros and cons; the shoeing process—materials, tools, and step-by-step photos.

In addition, more than 50 common hoof and lower-limb problems are covered, with characteristics and causes of each disorder, as well as diagnosis, treatment, corrective shoeing, and prognosis. Topics include: arthritis, wounds, stringhalt, splints, bone spavin, over-reaching, scratches, cysts, keratoma, ringbone, ostitis, sand cracks, chipped hooves, seedy toe, thrush, canker, sole bruises, white line disease, laminitis, navicular disease, sidebone, and more.

Many hoof problems can be prevented with good care, and the author emphasizes that this does not mean hoof oil and supplements, but instead ensuring plenty of exercise, keeping the horse in “natural” conditions, and employing a skilled farrier. With this book, you’ll gain a better understanding of the function of the horse’s hoof and how to prevent unsoundness, ensuring your horse’s comfort and athleticism for years to come.

ROB VAN NASSAU has over 30 years’ experience as a qualified farrier working in a specialist equine veterinary clinic. He is a respected farriery teacher and lecturer, and is a former European Champion Farrier and National Champion in Holland. He collaborated with this brother, Antoon—also a specialist farrier and teacher—in writing this book.

224 pp ∙ 7 ½ x 10 ½ ∙ 824 color photos, color artwork throughout ∙ 978 1 57076 382 3 ∙ $45.00 hc

Trafalgar Square Books, 388 Howe Hill Road, N. Pomfret, VT 05053 800.423.4525 ∙