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Equine Lameness for the Layman


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SECTION ONE: Our Responsibility to the Performance Horse

SECTION TWO: What is Lameness?

SECTION THREE: Forms of Lameness

SECTION FOUR: Pertinent Equine Anatomy

SECTION FIVE: The Fundamentals of Productive Observation

SECTION SIX: The Method of Visual Lameness Assessment

SECTION SEVEN: The Gait Signature

SECTION EIGHT: Applying Our Observations to the Diagnostic Process

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About the Author

About the Author

Dr. Bob Grisel began his equine veterinary training at the age of 13, when he worked for a racetrack veterinarian near his home in southern Florida. He quickly developed an interest in solving the many problems that affect performance horses, dedicating the next 30 years of his life to learning as much as he could about sport horse medicine and surgery. After graduating from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine with honors and receiving multiple awards for his performance in equine surgery, he moved to southern California where he received extensive training in equine surgery and radiology under the tutelage of a world–renowned veterinary staff. Upon completing a residency in equine surgery with an emphasis on arthroscopy, Dr. Grisel was recruited by Oregon State's College of Veterinary Medicine where he spent time on the large animal teaching staff. His surgical interests focused on performance–related problems, and he developed and published many surgical techniques designed to better treat the equine athlete. Dr. Grisel was offered an equine surgical position in the Atlanta area while working the 1996 Olympic Games, and shortly after relocating to Georgia, he built The Atlanta Equine Clinic, a state–of–the–art, full–service equine diagnostic, surgical, and emergency care facility located in Braselton. In 2005, Dr. Grisel left the hospital facility to focus on equine sports medicine and has since developed a reputation for his meticulous and accurate diagnostic ability, as well as for his effective treatment strategies for performance–related problems in the horse. He is regularly consulted on issues concerning lameness and pre–purchase examinations worldwide (www.atlantaequine.com).


A massive amount of shared knowledge presented in a very easy to follow non-vet school manner... Love the interactive video QR codes throughout the book that provide great visual help to go along with the text. Highly recommended for any horse owner or horse health practitioner. This is a book you will use time and time again.

This unique book should be required reading for anyone who works with horses: veterinarians, blacksmiths, trainers, massage therapists, etc. It is a one-of-a-kind deconstruction of equine lameness.

No broad-brush overview, Equine Lameness for the Layman is a veterinary text sweetened with helpful illustrations and such plain-language descriptions as 'right front non-weight-bearing lameness looks as if the horse is dragging a brick with a right front pastern.

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