April 17, 2008

The print division of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released a guide to horse care, described as an educational resource for first-time and experienced horse owners.

The book includes information on how to choose a horse; meeting a horse's physical, emotional and nutritional needs; an overview of horse breeds and disciplines; and advice to help guide horse owners through good decision-making at all stages of a horse's life.

Co-author Erin Harty, a lifelong horsewoman and former Chronicle of the Horse online forums moderator and administrator, and equine experts on the HSUS staff have collaborated to produce the book.

Keith Dane, director of equine protection for the HSUS, said: "We hope that this book will inspire all horse owners - from the novice to expert, English to Western - to embrace the special bond we have with horses, and to create a physical and emotional environment that provides their equine companion with the best care possible."

The HSUS equine protection programme works to educate the public about responsible horse ownership, reduce and prevent equine suffering and cruelty, and raise awareness about issues affecting equines.