Alex Atock, the author of this new book, lives in Herefordshire.
About the Book
This book will take the reader through his veterinary life, from his initial years in general practice, to veterinary officer of the Irish Turf Club, head of the Veterinary Department of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), consultant to the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, and, finally, consultant to World Horse Welfare. The latter took him from the elite world of thoroughbred horse racing and international equestrian sport to assisting underprivileged working equines and their owners in developing countries.
Throughout his time with the FEI, Alex worked closely with the European Union and was actively involved with the conception of FEI relations with World Horse Welfare, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the International Federation of Racing Authorities.
“To say that I was impressed would be a gross understatement. I was totally gobsmacked. How on earth did you manage to write such a marvellous book. Your details, the brilliance of the writing, the memories of the people with whom you met and worked with down through the years is just incredible. Above all, of course, is the way you show your love and respect for the horse which comes through with total clarity. You should be so proud but unfortunately, I cannot properly clarify the brilliance you possess. If you were a film star you would be home and dry for an Oscar.” A 5-star review
“The horse is so close to Alex Atock’s heart it is not surprising his book is written with passion, humour and at times anger. After years of working as a veterinary surgeon in general practice he became heavily involved in the welfare of the horse, be it a hard ridden show jumper on the telly attempting to climb into the night sky to clear a seven-foot wall, often with a portly rider on its back, or the ugly sight of a worn out horse with a leg wrenched off at the hock, covered in sores and flies in the back of a knackers’ truck in a meat market in the developing world. Alex was actively involved with several important committees to improve horse welfare worldwide. Much was achieved. He and his devoted teams tirelessly strove to ban certain drugs and to halt the long and wearying trundle taking live horses hundreds of miles by truck to meet an inglorious end in a brutal slaughterhouse ankle-deep in blood and dung. Alex’s influence improved harness and shoeing and tried to eliminate the merciless ill- treatment of horses through ignorance by people who used the willing animals to feed and provide for their families. My Friend the Horse is full of wisdom and nuggets about Alex’s meetings and the people he met. Alex made friends easily, but he never allowed anything to take his eye off the main feature of those endless get-togethers and the tiresome travel. It was to seek a more humane life for his beloved horses and their downtrodden relatives, the humble mule and the donkey. This book is a must for equine professionals and those who love horses and are interested in their welfare.” A 5-star review
About the Author
Alex Atock was born in Dublin in 1932 and graduated from the Veterinary College of Ireland in 1958. His love for all things equine commenced as a small child and continued throughout his life. Following some years in general veterinary practice in Ireland and England and resulting from his interest in racing. Following an early retirement from the FEI, he moved on to the United Arab Emirates on his appointment as veterinary officer and consultant to the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, and finally to the British-based equine charity, World Horse Welfare, responsible for its international training programmes in developing countries. He has an interest in facilitating the international movement of horses, doping and the control of medication in equestrian sport. He was past secretary/treasurer of the World Equine Veterinary Association. He and his wife, Sherley, have three grown-up children and live in Herefordshire.
My Friend the Horse by Alex Atock is published by Austin Macauley and is available from Austinmacauley.com, Amazon and all good book retailers.
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