New Book Goes Inside Prominent Equine Clinic

Author spent a year at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.

(Edited Eclipse Press release)

Readers can now take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the leading equine veterinary hospitals with the release of "Equine ER: Stories From a Year in the Life of an Equine Veterinary Hospital."

Published by Eclipse Press, the book captures the often dramatic, sometimes heartbreaking, but all-inspiring stories author Leslie Guttman witnessed during the past year as the proverbial “fly on the wall” at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

"Equine ER" explores the human-horse connection through the lens of Rood & Riddle. At the hospital, an elite team of vets performs cutting-edge medicine on their four-footed patients, whether it is an experimental drug on a mare dying of pleural pneumonia, or surgery to save a famous racehorse. The book follows the emotional journeys that doctors and owners embark on when a beloved horse becomes ill.

“Equine ER is a wonderful book, wrenching, uplifting, and a powerful window into the great love, empathy and connection humans have for horses and other animals,” said Jon Katz, the New York Times best-selling author whose most recent book is "Soul of a Dog" (Random House, 2009). “It is an emotional thriller, really, a rollercoaster, as dramatic and well-paced as it is well-written and brilliantly observed. Anybody who has ever loved an animal will be hypnotized by these wonderful stories.”

Susan Richards, author of New York Times bestseller "Chosen by a Horse" (Soho Press, 2006) calls "Equine ER" “as thrilling and drama-filled as any of the popular hospital shows on television today.”

Throughout her time at Rood & Riddle, Guttman documented her experience through blog posts, photographs, and video. Fans can follow the making of Equine ER at, part of the blog stable of The Horse, a monthly equine care magazine.