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Equine Science 3rd Edition

R.O. (Rick) Parker, Ph.D

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2003, 1998
  • 552 Pages


Equine Science, third edition was designed to make teaching and learning easy. Based on a thorough, easy-to-follow outline that makes developing a lesson plan simple, each chapter starts with a list of learning objectives that helps the student identify the most important concepts in the chapter. Throughout the book, tables, charts, graphs and illustrations provide easy access to information without wading through excess detail, enabling students to quickly grasp the content. To help maintain interest, each chapter contains at least one sidebar to encourage retention of the information learned, and the discussion of new topics. In the Student Activities section at the end of each chapter, students and instructors will find opportunities for learning by applying the knowledge they have gained from the book. The Appendix contains helpful tables with information for converting units of measure, and for making contact with the industry and organizations as well as web addresses for equine industries and other useful Internet sites.

R.O. (Rick) Parker, Ph.D, College of Southern Idaho

Dr. R.O. Parker is currently director and journal editor for North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) and president of the National Agricultural Institute. He is a past director of AgrowKnowledge, the National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education, a project funded by the National Science Foundation. As a former division director at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI), Dr. Parker worked in agriculture, information technology, drafting, and electronics, and taught computer, agriculture, and writing classes. In 1992, he received an honorary state Future Farmers of America (FFA) degree from Idaho, and in 2005, he received an honorary American FFA degree at the 78th National FFA Convention. From 2005 to 2008 he served as a board member of The National Council for Agricultural Education (The Council), and he is the 2008 recipient of the NACTA Distinguished Educator Award and the 2010 recipient of the NACTA Murray Brown Leadership Award. Dr. Parker has authored several Cengage textbooks, including PLANT & SOIL SCIENCE, AQUACULTURE SCIENCE, INTRODUCTION TO PLANT SCIENCE, and INTRODUCTION TO FOOD SCIENCE & FOOD SYSTEMS, among other contributions). He earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from Iowa State University, and he completed post-doctoral work at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and the University of Wyoming, Laramie.
  • New section on soft skills appear in chapter on careers
  • Updated full color photos, tables and graphs throughout to enhance learning.
  • Updated URLs in book and in appendix
  • Key words at the beginning of the chapters, and highlighted throughout the text builds reader vocabulary and encourages the use of the glossary.
  • Comprehensive appendix provides tables of important conversion factors, guides, contacts and additional resources.
  • Text is full-color throughout with use of photos and drawings that enhance learning
  • Use of numerous tables, graphs, charts, lists and bullets make critical information easy to find.
  • Sidebars in each chapter add interest and encourage discussion of related topics.
  • Review questions, student activities, additional resources and an internet guide at the end of each chapter allow readers to test what they have learned and seek out additional resources to understand the material.
  • A complete chapter on equine-related careers including soft skills gives guidelines for finding and securing a career in the equine industry.
  • Comprehensive glossary helps readers to translate what they have learned into the language of equine science.
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: 1418032549
  • ISBN-13: 9781418032548
  • 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.