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Breeding and Stallion Management
 

     The Complete Book of Foaling
 
The Complete Book of Foaling
Karen E.N. Hayes, DVM, MS
Howell Book House, 1993
ISBN 0876059515

If you have only one book about foaling, let this be it. I used this book to attend my first foaling and, don't laugh, actually had it in the barn with me and referenced it in between stages of labour. It really put my mind at ease to know that, first off things were progressing normally, and secondly that I hadn't forgotten to do any of the things that I was supposed to do at each stage. More >>
 

     Blessed are the Broodmares
 
Blessed are the Broodmares
M. Phyllis Lose, VMD
Howell Book House, 1991
ISBN 0876058489

This is a completely updated and revised version of the classic first edition published in 1978. There is a vast quantity of information in this book, but if I had one complaint it would be that trying to go back and find one piece of it later can be a bit difficult. The author makes up for this by the quantity and quality of information included and by her anecdotes, which can be by turns entertaining, scary, hilarious, heart-warming, or heart-breaking. This woman has had over thirty years of experience in equine pediatrics, which gives her a deep resevoir of personal history to share with us. More >>
 

     Blessed are the Foals
 
Blessed are the Foals
M. Phyllis Lose, VMD
Howell Book House, 1998
ISBN 0876052863

Another updated and revised edition by Dr. Lose, this one of her 1987 classic on the foal's first year.

This book could be subtitled "All the Things that Can Go Wrong with Your Foal". Sensitive readers may find all the pictures of things that have gone wrong with other people's foals upsetting, but knowledge is power, and early recognition of warning signs could save your foal, so take a deep breath and study all the photos and text. There is a large amount of information in this book which will greatly contribute to your education as a horse breeder and foal caretaker. More >>
 

     The Pony Breeder's Companion
 
The Pony Breeder's Companion
Caroline Nesbitt
Howell Book House, 1995
ISBN 0876059965

This is a great book! I like everything about this book, and I found it totally "by accident" one day when I accompanied my Mom to the used book store. I was waiting for her to pick out what seemed like six months worth of reading material when I spied this book on the shelf. I picked it up and immediately had to buy it when I saw that it had a chapter on Fjordhorses. More >>
 

     Mares, Foals and Foaling
 
Mares, Foals and Foaling
Friedrich Andrist
J.A. Allen & Co. Ltd., 1962
ISBN 0851310532

I've gotten a lot out of this handy little book, which I first heard about from another Fjord breeder. She told me about the useful wheel in the back of the book, used for calculating mares' due dates. The wheel also shows other important dates in addition to the most probable foaling date, including the limits within which a normal full-term birth may be expected, and the extreme early and late dates at which live foals have been born. More >>
 

     The Stallion
 
The Stallion
James P. McCall, Ph.D
Howell Book House, 1995
ISBN 0876059876

This contemporary book is written by a real expert in the field. The author has stood and managed over 300 (!) stallions, as well as being an instructor of horse management classes at three major universities. Despite McCall's university background there is nothing dry or academic about this book. All the information is presented in a very lively and engaging style of writing and the book is full of anecdotes about the various stallions he has worked with in his over 30 year career. I particularly enjoyed his recounting the first time he did a collection of semen from a 20 hand 2 ton Belgian stallion. I won't spoil it for you, but it was hilarious. More >>
 

The Horse-Breeding Farm
Larryann C. Willis
Breakthrough Publications, 1985
ISBN 0914327003

Another classic, this one whose first edition came out in 1973. This book could be a text-book for a horse-management class (and may well be!) it is that comprehensive, detailed, well-organized, and tending to the dry side.

This book is geared towards the management of the larger horse-breeding farm, and as such, More >>