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From horse history to the future of the horse industry, this edition of Equine Science is replete with chapter topics and special features designed to make teaching and learning about horses easier for teachers and students. Chapters are well-organized and cover a wide range of topics such as breeds, anatomy, movement, nutrition, health management, behavior, training, and equitation. Attention is also given to management practices, business aspects, and career opportunities. Chapters start with a list of learning objectives to help students identify main concepts. Key words at the beginning of each chapter prompt students to look for these in the reading where they are defined. Sidebars, tables, charts, graphs, and illustrations also enrich the material and provide important references at-a-glance. Review questions, activities, and Web site resources at the end of each chapter give students the opportunity to test their understanding and apply what they learn.

Rick Parker, PhD., College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls

Rick Parker is President of the National Agricultural Institute and Director of the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). Formerly a division director and instructor at the College of Southern Idaho for two decades, he taught biology, food science, and animal science. He also worked as the Director for AgroKnowledge, the National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education, a project funded by the National Science Foundation. Currently, Dr. Parker is also the Editor for the peer-reviewed NACTA Journal, which focuses on of teaching and learning scholarship. An experienced author, Dr. Parker has published a number of Cengage Learning texts, including Aquaculture Science, Introduction to Plant Science, Fundamentals of Plant and Soil Science, Introduction to Food Science, and Equine Science. He also co-authored Fundamentals of Plant Science.
  • An eight-page color insert of horse breeds allows students to recognize breeds and their distinct physical characteristics
  • New photos and sidebars, updated charts and graphs
  • Information on exercise physiology
  • Expanded discussion of DNA and genetics
  • Updates on diseases of horses
  • Updated Appendix tables on breed and horse associations including equine industry web sites
  • Chapter on equine-related careers offers guidance in finding, obtaining, and keeping a job or career in the equine industry
  • Review questions, activities, and Internet guide at the end of each chapter tests comprehension of the material to promote learning and provides a starting point for conducting further research
  • Expanded appendix includes tables of important conversion factors, horse breeds, guides, contacts, and Web resources for reader reference
  • Learning objectives set the theme for each chapter and key words highlighted in the text build vocabulary and encourage readers to use the glossary
  • Numerous photos and drawings enhance learning and illustrate main points
  • Tables, graphs, and charts make key information easy to find and sidebars add interest and diversity to the reading
Chapter 1: History and Development of the Horse.
Chapter 2: Status and Future of the Horse Industry.
Chapter 3: Breeds, Types and Classes of Horses.
Chapter 4: Cells, Tissues, and Organs.
Chapter 5: Functional Anatomy.
Chapter 6: Biomechanics of Movement.
Chapter 7: Unsoundness.
Chapter 8: Selecting and Judging Horses.
Chapter 9: Determining Age, Height, and Weight of Horses.
Chapter 10: Genetics.
Chapter 11: Reproduction and Breeding.
Chapter 12: Digestion and Nutrition.
Chapter 13: Feeds and Feeding Horses.
Chapter 14: Health Management.
Chapter 15: Parasite Control.
Chapter 16: Common Management Practices.
Chapter 17: Shoeing and Hoof Care.
Chapter 18: Buildings and Equipment.
Chapter 19: Horse Behavior and Training.
Chapter 20: Equitation.
Chapter 21: Business Aspects.
Chapter 22: Career Opportunities.

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  • ISBN-10: 0766835316
  • ISBN-13: 9780766835313
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $138.50
  • RETAIL $183.95

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781111138783
The Instructor Manual contains chapter overviews, answers to the review questions, and additional teacher-led student activities and discussion questions for class.


ISBN: 9781111138790
Designed to make teaching easier, this helpful resource includes a 48-page Instructor's Guide with chapter overviews, as well as suggestions for instructor-led activities and class discussion topics. ClassMaster™ also includes over 300 PowerPoint® slides, an image library consisting of all art from the text, and a 1000-question test bank.