As someone whose interests lie predominantly in the equine field since my undergraduate degree, I have accumulated several equine textbooks and references that have proven to be extremely helpful.
Whether you are passionate about ponies or just trying to get through the equine labs and hope you never have to touch a horse again, here are a few that I have found that have augmented my studies quite nicely.
‘Horse Anatomy A Coloring Atlas’ by Kainer and McCracken
Okay – hear me out on this one. I know you are thinking, ‘Really? A coloring book? In VET SCHOOL?’ To which I say, yes. This was actually a ‘required’ textbook for my equine-geared undergraduate program, and it has easily been the most useful required textbook I’ve ever had to purchase. This coloring book is not only fun and relaxing to color, but the diagrams it has are clear and detailed, have multiple views, and each page (or plate, as they refer to them) have relevant pathology, physiology, and clinical applications, as well as detailed but brief anatomical points of interest.
I cannot recall the number of times I brought this book with me to wet labs or anatomy class and just had it open and propped up because its pictures were better than whatever anatomy text we were using. It is clear, concise and easy to follow, whatever level of horse experience you have.
My own copy is half-colored, beaten up and well-loved around the edges, and it is currently accompanying me on my externships.
Best of all, you can pick it up online from most stores for around $20.
‘Equine Joint Injection and Regional Anesthesia’ by Moyer, Schumacher and Schumacher
This was another required text for one of my equine elective courses at Purdue, and a close second to my coloring book for “most useful required textbook.” This deceiving little spiral-bound book contains a huge amount of useful information. It goes through common and uncommon joint injections and nerve blocks, including landmarks, various techniques, equipment–right down to needle size and volume to be infused.
It contains really well-drawn schematics with the location for needle placement, along with pictures of the area on an actual horse, which for all you visual learners out there, is more helpful than the paragraphs describing the needle placement.
It has been endlessly helpful for really learning my regional anesthesia which is such a mainstay of the field I am entering.
This one is a little harder to get a hold of, and will cost you between $50-120 depending on where you can find it, but it is worth every penny.
‘Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse’ by Ross and Dyson
Alright, this one is a heavy-hitter. This was another recommended text from my undergraduate program, and at the time, it was *way* above my head. But for some of my equine electives in 3rd year, this text popped up again when researching different lamenesses and distal limb conditions. After 3 years of vet school, this text is still very dense, but if there’s anything you ever wanted to know about lameness, it’s likely in this book.
Everything is extremely detailed and the level of thoroughness is unmatched. It digs into lameness on a microscopic level and then ties everything back in clinically.
Considering so much of equine medicine relates back to the horse’s foot, having this as a reference to better understand lameness probably isn’t a bad thing, but it’ll cost you. This text runs in the $150-200 depending on where you can find it.
There are PLENTY of equine texts out there, for varying audiences and levels of understanding, but these 3 have been tried-and-true books that I return to again and again. If you are interested in these topics, but not sure you want to commit to buying them, the latter 2 have options for renting through many common textbook sites as well for lower prices.