If you are interested in learning or referencing a good atlas for your horse, then this is a wonderful book for doing just that! Atlas of the Equine Musculoskeletal System by MVDr. Ivana Ruddock-Lange is not only a practical guide for equine bodyworkers, but it is also a fantastic resource for horse keepers everywhere to follow along with when talking to their horse professionals as well.
Many people cannot really know just what has occurred during their horse’s life in relation to their bodily ailments, accidents, etc. However, you can narrow down what might be contributing to their soft tissue issues, attitude changes, and the way they carry themselves. From the user-friendly content section to the landscape pages, this book is easy to use as a reference guide out in the field or as you research your own horse’s movement. I appreciate the way she has color-coded the bottom of the pages for ease of use.
I like to use a reference book to describe what I am feeling and seeing with each horse I am working on. Having a visual reference handy as we chat about the session and where we are going with it brings the caregiver a sense of greater understanding and peace of mind as they make decisions about their horse’s long-term health. This has helped my clients feel more connected to the outcome of their horse’s rehabilitation and more confident in the horse’s ability to carry their bodies in a way that creates a more balanced, muscular build. This book covers the musculoskeletal system and includes photos that show the fascia tissues as well. I find that helpful as the fascia is such an integral part of the communication from the brain to the body of the horse.
Whether you are just starting out in your horse world career or are furthering your knowledge of the horse’s basic structure, this book will not only help you determine where the horse needs work, but it will also help you convey that information to your clients. I consider that an amazing contribution to my business, my care of the animals and my care of the guardians, as well.