Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery

2nd Edition

Basic and clinical sciences of the equine athlete

Authors: Kenneth W Hinchcliff Andris Kaneps Raymond Geor
Hardcover ISBN: 9780702047718
eBook ISBN: 9780702065637
Imprint: Saunders Ltd.
Published Date: 9th December 2013
Page Count: 1320


This unique resource provides the most up-to-date, in-depth coverage of the basic and clinical sciences required for management of the equine athlete. The unique treatment of exercise physiology and training within a clinical context, together with a detailed review of all diseases affecting athletic horses, makes this the most comprehensive text available. Provides a thorough grounding in the basic physiology of each body system, and in particular the responses of each body system to exercise and training. The internationally renowned team of contributors has created the ultimate reference for veterinarians, students, horse-owners, and all those involved in the world of equine athletics. 

"a significant amount of practical information for use in the field, as well as providing a sound scientific basis for therapy and understanding of the underlying pathology of the horse as an athlete."Reviewed by: John Bowers on behalf of Australian Veterinary Jounal, May 2015

Key Features

  • High quality artwork, including relevant radiographic, ultrasonographic, CAT scan, and MRI images, aid understanding and diagnosis
  • Provides a truly international perspective, including guidelines pertinent to different geographic areas, and racing jurisdictions
  • In-depth coverage of the role of the veterinarian in the management of athletic horses
  • Explores the use of complementary therapies

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Section 1: Integrative physiology and exercise testing

Chapter 1 – The horse as an athlete

Chapter 2 – Laboratory exercise testing

Chapter 3 – Exercise testing in the field

Chapter 4 – Genetic basis of equine performance

Section 2: Musculoskeletal system

Chapter 5 – Epidemiology of orthopaedic diseases in athletic horses

Chapter 6 – Muscle physiology: responses to exercise and training

Chapter 7 – Muscle disorders of equine athletes

Chapter 8 – Skeletal physiology: responses to exercise and training

Chapter 9 – Tendon and ligament physiology

Chapter 10 – Biomechanics of locomotion in the athletic horse

Chapter 11 – Joint physiology: response to exercise and training

Chapter 12 – Kinematics of lameness

Chapter 13 – Diagnosis of lameness

Chapter 14 – Diseases of the foot

Chapter 15 – Distal limb: fetlock and pastern

Chapter 16 – Metacarpus/metatarsus

Chapter 17 – The carpus

Chapter 18 – Elbow and shoulder

Chapter 19 – Tarsus and stifle

Chapter 20 – Soft tissue: tendinitis and desmitis

Chapter 21 – Back and pelvis

Chapter 22 – Repetitive strain injuries of the skeleton in high performance equine athletes

Chapter 23 – Pharmacotherapy of the joint and tendon disease

Chapter 24 – Neurologic gait abnormalities in the athletic horse

Section 3: Respiratory system

Chapter 25 – Upper airway function of normal horses during exercise

Chapter 26 – Abnormalities of the upper airway

Chapter 27 – Lower airway function: response to exercise and training

Chapter 28 – Inflammatory diseases of the lower airway of athletic horses

Chapter 29 – Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH)

Chapter 30 – Viral respiratory disease in ath


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About the Author

Kenneth W Hinchcliff

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Dean of Veterinary Science The University of Melbourne

Andris Kaneps

Affiliations and Expertise

Owner, Kaneps Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, Beverly, MA, USA

Raymond Geor

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chairperson, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA