I have been working on the next unit of online resources for some of our equine students at work. They are looking at physiology of the horse across its various systems. Digestive, integumentary, reproductive, endocrine, etc. One website that we have referenced and guided students to a few times is the Merck Manual Veterinary Manual. The Merck Manual for Horse Owners is a great resource!
It covers many other species of animal, but you can read and learn a lot about horse care as well as the various systems in the horse. For the different systems within the horse, you can see a diagram that outlines where it is in the horse’s body. You can also read about ailments that commonly affect said systems. A valuable online tool!
Whether you are an equine veterinarian, aspire to be or just want to further your knowledge of horse anatomy and physiology, the Merck Manual for Horse Owners looks to be a great online resource. Be sure to check it out!
Different topics covered include:
- Description and Physical Characteristics of Horses
- Selecting and Providing a Home for a Horse
- Routine Care and Breeding of Horses
- Behaviour of Horses
- Blood Disorders of Horses
- Bone, Joint and Muscle Disorders in Horses
There is much to be explored in the above topics, but that’s not all that is available on the site. Why not head along to the above link to get caught up in some horse related reading and learning?“He’s of the colour of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger…. he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.” ― William Shakespeare