G O O D R E ADS
Listen to Your Horse…
with Your Eyes This editorial is a combination of pieces extracted from EQUINE LAMENESS FOR THE LAYMAN (©2018), written by G. Robert Grisel, DVM and published by Trafalgar Square Books of North Pomfret, VT.
Dr. Grisel’s new book has one of the most
that, the better chance we’ll have to facilitate a
interesting and clever technologies built right into
full recovery. In the end, our ability to recognize
its pages: QR Codes. People and businesses are
lameness will help to keep our horses happier
finding innovative ways to implement these codes,
for longer, as well as keep us in the saddle more
and Dr. Grisel has done so by incorporating the
codes into his book’s text so that when you scan it,
Remember: veterinary examinations are not
your phone magically takes you to an actual video
performed on horses that are considered to be
tutorial led by him in his veterinary practice! Oh,
sound by their owners. It is the horse owner, not
and the tutorials are free… How cool is that?
the veterinarian, who is best situated to initiate the
Bottom-line, this extract will teach you much
processes of lameness diagnosis and treatment.
about what you thought you already knew, and Dr.
Accordingly, observant horse owners make better
Grisel’s book offers about 220 more pages packed
horse owners. Since most owners and trainers
with easy to understand insights and codes that
have not been taught to properly observe horses
will bring on one “aha” moment after another.
for signs of lameness, however, only problems that
And with a Video Quick Reference Library of all
are obvious, chronic, or advanced tend to receive
the QR codes, Dr. Grisel’s new book is worth much
more than the purchase price ($34.95).
In an attempt to heighten your visual awareness and shorten the time period between the onset of
your horse’s problem and your recognition of that
Our horses are counting on us to recognize
problem, I would like to share a few tricks that
performance problems. The sooner we can do
may help you to better perceive and characterize
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