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Equine Science 4th Edition

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

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2008, 2003, 1998
  • 608 Pages


EQUINE SCIENCE, 4th Edition imparts students with the basic understanding of horses necessary to be successful in equine care and management. Richly illustrated in full color, the book uses a logical, easy-to-follow outline to make both learning and lesson planning simple, while addressing essential topics like care and feeding, training, development and reproduction, illness, inheritance, and the history of horses. Bursting with helpful features, EQUINE SCIENCE, 4th Edition piques student interest with detailed graphics and photos, as well as informational sidebars, website references, and end-of chapter activities that test their knowledge of the material. Future equine professionals will especially appreciate the glossary of terms at the end of the text, as well as the appendix, which includes useful conversion factors and worksheets and provides contact information for professional organizations.

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.
  • Boldly Illustrated in Full Color: More than sixty new color photographs and over one-hundred revised or new color illustrations bring the world of equine care and management to life.
  • Newly Refined and Updated Topics: The 4th Edition of EQUINE SCIENCE includes the most current information on everything from breeds on the "Watch" list to green buildings to key website addresses and research data.
  • Additional Content: All-new content with this edition includes a new section and photos related to mounted police, new information on current research, new information on zebra hybrids and a sidebar about Seabiscuit, expanded discussion related to the components of blood and immunity, horse reproduction, the digestive processes, FFA Career Development Events (CDE) on Horse Evaluation, Internet help for purchasing a horse, as well as sections on Genomics and Genetic Code Sequencing, Cloning and Genetic Engineering, Emerging Equine Diseases, and more.
  • Powerful E-Resources: The 4th Edition's fully revised version of the ClassMaster™ CD-ROM provides instructor tools like an Instructor's Guide, PowerPoint® slides, an Image Library, and a test bank designed to take the hassle out of planning your course.
  • Proactive Career Focus: Give students a lead in their job search with an FFA Career Development Event (CDE) on Job Interviews, as well as discussions on applying and interviewing for jobs, online applications, the importance of information literacy and soft skills, and the value of internships.
  • Robust Resources: URL's for Internet resources, references to the latest nutritional requirements, and detailed graphics all help students find the information they need to succeed in their studies and careers.
  • Alignment to National Content Standards: Content was developed to align with the National Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Career Cluster Content Standards from the National Council for Agricultural Education.
  • Powerful E-Resources: The 4th Edition's fully revised version of the ClassMaster™ CD-ROM provides instructor tools like an Instructor's Guide, PowerPoint® slides, an Image Library, and a test bank designed to take the hassle out of planning your course.
  • Specific Learning Objectives: Every chapter begins with learning objectives to pinpoint the most important material for students, and ends with student activities and critical thinking questions to reinforce the readings.
  • Highlighted Key Terms: Making learning easier, the book highlights and explains must-know terms throughout the readings, and provides detailed definitions in a back-of-the-book glossary.
  • Logical, Easy-to-Use Approach: Clearly written and thoughtfully organized, the 4th Edition of EQUINE SCIENCE uses an easy-to-follow outline that walks students through every aspect of equine care and management, providing them with the foundational knowledge employers want.
  • Stimulating Visual Appeal: Color photos and illustrations, as well as tables, charts, and graphs give context to the concepts--particularly helpful with equine anatomy and physiology, and other complex scientific subjects.
1. History and Development of the Horse.
2. Status and Future of the Horse Industry.
3. Breeds, Types, and Classes of Horses.
4. Cells, Tissues, and Organs.
5. Functional Anatomy.
6. Biomechanics of Movement.
7. Unsoundness.
8. Selecting and Judging Horses.
9. Determining Age, Height, and Weight of Horses.
10. Genetics.
11. Reproduction and Breeding.
12. Digestion and Nutrition.
13. Feeds and Feeding Horses.
14. Health Management.
15. Parasite Control.
16. Common Management Practices.
17. Shoeing and Hoof Care.
18. Buildings and Equipment.
19. Horse Behavior and Training.
20. Equitation.
21. Business Aspects.
22. Career Opportunities.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133892523
  • ISBN-13: 9781133892526
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  • ISBN-13: 9781111138776
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"I believe this book provides a great overview of owning a horse. Although I have been around horses for over 21 years, I still learned some new facts and understanding of horses."

"I like the first edition of the book that I am currently using, and have already developed teaching and supporting materials."

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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.