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I've been a book worm my entire life. Life is a story we write--and as a journalist, it's my job to write it down! 

Understanding Lameness: Examining Equine Lameness From Diagnosis To Prognosis 

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by Terry Swanson (Author), Heidi Nyland Melocco (Author)

It doesn’t matter if your No. 1 horse is a well-seasoned senior, a world champion or a promising prospect; when he’s lame, your horse program suffers. The time and money invested in your favorite horse can be substantial. The inevitable emotional investment also carries a high price tag, which makes keeping your horse sound a major priority.

In Understanding Lameness, veterinary professional Dr. Terry Swanson of Littleton (Colo.) Equine Medical Center guides you through the degrees of lameness and the effects of injury on your horse’s future health and serviceability. A past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Swanson uses the latest diagnostic techniques as key tools in managing lameness problems. Also a horseman, Swanson grasps the physical demands placed on equine athletes and the impact lameness can have from a rider’s and an owner’s perspectives.


From hoof abscesses, white-line disease and navicular syndrome to laminitis, ringbone and soft-tissue injuries, in Understanding Lameness you learn to recognize the symptoms of each problem, which diagnostic tools can be most beneficial and what types of treatments might best put your horse on the road to recovery. Swanson’s common-sense information is your best asset in keeping your horse sound, as well as for coping with a lameness diagnosis.


In the preface to Understanding Lameness, G. Marvin Beeman, DVM, writes that with Swanson’s insight “owners are more likely to detect problems earlier in their development, allowing for more satisfactory resolutions of those problems.”

Western Horseman Legends 9 

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Heidi Nyland Melocco (Author for Goldseeker Bars, The Intimidator)

Legends Volume 9 is a continuation of the popular series that showcases legendary American Quarter Horses. This volume profiles 17 stallions and 3 mares, many of whom rank among the most influential Quarter Horses that ever lived. From Smart Little Lena to Gunner and First Down Dash to Zips Chocolate Chip, the lineup is filled with horses that still influence all aspects of Quarter Horse competition. Written by some of the best authors in the equine publishing industry, Legends Volume 9 truly has something for every Quarter Horse enthusiast. 256 pages. More than 180 photographs 


The Equine Professional Manual - The Art of Teaching Riding

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Heidi Nyland Melocco (Photographer)

This 208-page manual is full of illustrations and photos that will help the professional riding instructor just starting out, as well as those that have been teaching for a long time. Learning styles, teaching styles, sample lessons, plans and stretches for the rider are all included.  It is a comprehensive guide for all riding instructors.  A must-have for any riding instructor's library.   

Goodnight's Guide to Great Trail Riding

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by Julie Goodnight and Heidi Nyland Melocco  

Known as the "Horse Master" on her RFD-TV show, Julie Goodnight will teach you the trail riding skills you need to know whether you're a nervous novice or an experienced rider looking to hone your skills.

In this compilation from the popular Trail Rider series, Goodnight takes you step-by-step through every essential part of preparing your horse for trail rides and how to handle what you encounter out on the trail, including:

  • Despooking

  • Jigging

  • Emergency stops

  • Hills

  • Water crossings

Paperback, 99 pages.

Book comes with a FREE DVD of a Horse Master episode on how to side pass!

Western Horseman Legends 6

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By Patricia Campbell, Sally Harrison, Frank Holmes, Glory Ann Kurtz, Cheryl Magoteaux, Heidi Nyland Melocco, Bev Pechan and Juli Thorson

Legends, Volume 6 profiles outstanding Quarter Horse stallions that have had a significant impact on the breed. These horses and their progeny have dominated several disciplines, including racing, halter, western pleasure, cutting, reining, working cow horse, and barrel racing. Their influence on the breed continues, especially through their exceptional sons and daughters. 

This volume, as the others, highlights each horse with a story on its life, a four-generation pedigree, a summary of his race and/or show record, and a sire record and many photographs--some of which have never been seen. Nyland-Melocco authored chapters on The Invester, Speedy Glow, and Conclusive. 

Hitch Up & Go: Expert Guide to Horse Trailers & Safe Trailering

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Heidi Nyland Melocco, et. al (Authors)

Hitch Up & Go: Expert Guide to Horse Trailers & Safe Trailering is an indispensible resource for on-the-go equestrians. Published by AIM Equine Network and USRider®, this guide will help you safely arrive at your chosen destination with your equine friend, whether you haul your horse across town,across the country, or anywhere in between. Top experts - including Tom and Neva Kittrell Scheve, Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, Barb Crabbe, DVM, Katie McLaughlin Phalen, Julie Goodnight, and John Lyons - share their savvy advice on trailer buying, trailer training, on-the-road safety, and equine travel. Hitch Up & Go provides expert answers to these questions: Is your trailer the right size for your horse? How do you teach your horse to willingly load into your trailer? Which equine traveling papers do you need - and why? And much more!

Breed for Success: The Horseman's Guide to Producing Healthy Foals

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Heidi Nyland Melocco, photographer and researcher

A step by step guide to breeding your mare, caring for her during pregnancy, and looking after her and her foal during the first few hours of the foal's life.


Revolution in Horsemanship Limited Edition: And What It Means to Mankind

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Heidi Nyland Melocco, photographer  

There has been a change in how we treat our horses: We no longer "break" them to harness or saddle; we "gentle" them, so they become our partners, their natural grace and athleticism restored and enhanced through humane and thoughtful methods. Beginning with equine evolution and domestication, Dr. Miller and Rick Lamb focus on the contributions of such classical horsemen as Xenophon, Pluvinel, nineteenth-century "whisperers, tamers, and professors," and modern masters like the Dorrances, Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli, John Lyons, and their disciples, and the connection between rodeo and natural horsemanship. The authors describe how the horse's mind works, how horses learn, and how the revolution has used those principles, especially with regard to a training regimen for newborn foals developed by Dr. Miller that produces positive results to last a lifetime. These training methods include new techniques in riding, such as preliminary groundwork and the independent seat, as well as visualization and other aspects of sport psychology, yoga, and allied disciplines. 


The Level Best For Your Horse - Myler Bit Book and DVD

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Heidi Nyland Melocco, photographer  

The Level Best for Your Horse builds on the Mylers' first book A Whole Bit Better with improved definitions of the Myler Levels, expanded descriptions of the Myler mouthpieces and cheekpieces, a clear explanation of leverage, and a more comprehensive guide to using the Myler System to select a bit for your horse. Includes the DVD A Whole Bit Better, a visual guide to the Myler System. Includes additional information on USEF dressage legal bits.

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