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David de Fredrick has compiled a magnificent tome with many unique features. Its hallmarks are authority and integrity. It is about 'actuals' and not 'hypotheticals', clearly explained in unadorned English language. The book is all inclusive, comprehensive and naturally customized to the rural Australian situation throughout the continent.

Likely causes of diseases and conditions are simply explained and lavishly illustrated with an excellent collage of colour photographs drawn from real life situations. The plentiful horse culture images add cachet to the reading and learning experience.

I wish to congratulate the author and his cohort production partners on a truly magnificent composition. I unreservedly recommend The Horse in Australia to all the diverse horse lovers and owners throughout Australia and indeed beyond its shores. It will be especially useful for education and instruction in the many registered training organisations delivering courses in equine husbandry and horse management. The book will justifiably take its place at the 'top of the pile' of students enrolled in these training regimes.


former practice principal, Scone Veterinary Hospital;   former director, Post-graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science; former president, Australian Equine Veterinary Association;    chief veterinary steward, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW;     honorary veterinarian, Australian Stock Horse Society



'I would like to congratulate David de Fredrick on producing this amazing contribution to the knowledge of the very complex world of the horse. This is a great book written in the simple language that only a very talented Veterinary Surgeon, working at the grassroots level in rural practice for many years could manage. The book is unique in that it covers so much on the management, nutrition, handling and diseases that any horse owner or Veterinary Surgeon will come across.

The book is well set out with a very good index system and the author's use of top quality photos and excellent explanatory notes make for a very easy check of symptoms, possible diagnosis and suitable treatment.

I believe this to be possibly the best all-round book that I have seen on the subject of the "whole horse". It is a valuable reference book for all horse owners, Veterinary students, Veterinary Surgeons and those who just love horses, not just here but wherever there are people and horses.'

Mac Walker, BVSc DDA, Rural Equine Veterinary surgeon for 43 years.


I want to congratulate you on your book – library really – on horse care. I will find it an extremely valuable tool. I’ve shown it to my vet (equine only) who would like one as well. It’s a great achievement – must have been a professional lifetime of  collecting.’                                                          Alice Cameron, warmblood breeder, The Oaks, NSW

‘We are enjoying your book – Jason was rapt and had time to sit and read on his visit – he is grateful to have all that information at his fingertips.”                                                                                                      Trish Leitch, Boggabri, NSW

‘When we were kids we lived by Dr.Wright’s health manual – your book is the equivalent to the horse person'.      Jason Leitch,     professional cutting horse trainer, Springsure, Qld;  King of the Ranges 2004, Man from Snowy River 2003 & 2004, Champion – Goondiwindi Cutting Futurity 2004 and Cloncurry Challenge 2005

“Your book has pride of place in our home…”                                                           Jacq Hackett, author, Kununurra, WA

"Thankyou for such a wonderful book!"                                                                          Veronica Dahmen, Kalgoorlie WA

"I am very pleased with your book and the way it is set out with detailed photos"   Robyn Butson, Arabian breeder, Eagle Point Vic

"You have written an extremely informative and thorough book that I'm sure will be very useful to have on hand for many years to come."   Scott Newbey, Broomehill WA

'Hi David, I got my copy of your book from Dad today, it looks great, fantastic photos and I am keen to get in a read it more, I only had the opportunity to flick through it so far and it looks very detailed, quite different to any of the horse books that I have seen.'                                      Jane Anderson, Mounted Police, Brisbane

'Congratulations - I think your book is a major contribution. All practitioners should have a copy as a reference book if they are involved with horses.' Syd Miller MVSc, FACVSc, FSAP, OBE, veterinary practitioner, Warwick Qld