Books of interest

Below are books that members have read and found useful in practice. If you read something you think others might like, please let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Ha4p_frontHorse Anatomy for Performance by Gillian Higgins

Building on the success of How Your Horse Moves, it examines the anatomy of the 11 systems of the horse and explains how anatomy influences the way we manage, ride and train our horses.

Beautifully illustrated with new paintings and diagrams it really brings anatomy to life and clearly explains the importance, relevance and interaction between each of the anatomical systems relaying the information in a practical, clear easy to understand format.

Of interest to riders, therapists, students and indeed anyone with the best interest of the horse at heart it is visually appealing, original and easily understandable,

Finally a book where you can learn how your horse ticks -inside out- and it is easy to understand and fun to read. A must for every serious equestrian.” Dr. W. Bechtolsheimer

Book Osteopathy

Osteopathy and the treatment of horses by Anthony Pusey, Julia Brooks and Annabel Jenks

“Written by pioneering and internationally–renowned specialists in the field, this text provides clinically–orientated information on osteopathy as a treatment for horses. It explains the scientific rationale of how osteopathy works in animals, as well as providing a detailed working guide to the technical skills and procedures you need to know to perform safe and effective osteopathic procedures. Drawing on well established practices for humans this book provides details on the full variety of diagnostic and therapeutic osteopathic procedures that can be used on horses. Full of practical information, it demonstrates how professionals treating equine locomotor problems can adapt different procedures in different clinical settings. Over 350 colour images and detailed step–by–step instructions demonstrate the procedures and practice of osteopathy. Covers treatment both with and without sedation and general anaesthetic. This comprehensive text is written for students and practitioners of osteopathy with an interest in treating horses. It will also be useful to other allied therapists, and to veterinary practitioners who want to know more about the treatment of musculoskeletal problems.” (2013).

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Horse Inside Out (DVD) by Gillian Higgins

This DVD, an extension of the book ‘How Your Horse Moves’ is a Unique Guide to Improving Performance. Using many anatomical paintings on live dressage, jumping, western and stunt horses, together with effective use of slow motion photography, it cleverly shows the skeletal and muscular systems in motion. Combining her talent for art with a passion for anatomy and suitable for all riders, trainers, therapists and students, Gillian will give you a clear understanding of biomechanics which has a very positive impact on successful training. For anyone thirsty for knowledge and with the welfare and comfort of their horse in mind” (2013)


Colour Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy (The Dog & Cat) by S. Done, P. Goody, S. Evans and S. Stickland

“If you are looking for a book that presents a unique photographic record of dissections showing the topographical anatomy of the dog and cat: this is the atlas for you! Part of a comprehensive 3-volume set that also covers Ruminants (vol 1) and The Horse (vol 2), the Color Atlas of the Dog and Cat takes a complete look at virtually every aspect of veterinary anatomy. With this book you will be able to see the position and relationships of bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and viscera that go to make up each region of the body and each organ system.

Rich with full-color photographs and drawings of dissections prepared specifically for these texts, each book in the series illustrates regional surface features photographed before dissection, then gives high-quality complementary photographs of articulated skeletons.” (2013)


Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy by Darryl Mills & David Levine

“The only book to cover physical therapy for dogs, Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, 2nd Edition provides an understanding of physical therapy techniques and intervention for dogs suffering from debilitating conditions. The book includes four new chapters, hundreds of illustrations that highlight key concepts and procedures, and case studies and specific therapies that can be used as guidelines for the management of clinical patients. Author Darryl Millis offers the perspective of a veterinarian skilled in orthopedics and orthopedic surgery, and co-author David Levine is a respected physical therapist with experience working with both dogs and human patients. By applying the principles of physical therapy described in this unique book, and by viewing therapy and exercise videos on a companion website, you can help dogs achieve a faster and more complete recovery.” (2013)

Books by Gillian Higgins (Horses Inside out)
Books by Gillian Higgins (Horses Inside out)

Horses Inside Out by Gillian Higgins


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