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An Annotated List of Literature

About or Related to Llamas

Most of the books listed here that are still in print can be ordered through your local bookstore; some can also be ordered directly from the publisher. Some of the llama books, as well as many of the non-lama books, are available from Amazon.com and other online booksellers.

Page one: Llama Books
General . . . Medical . . . Poisonous Plants . . . Training
Llama Packing
. ...Driving Llamas in Harness .. Llama Showing . . . Llamas as Guardians
. . . Llama Wool and Fiber Use
Informational Children's Books
. . . Children's Stories . . . Fiction for Older Children
Fiction for Adults
. . . . . . Nonfiction for Adults

Page Two: Llama Videos, Magazines, Chat Lists, and Organizations
Lama Magazines and Periodicals
. . . Magazine Articles about Llamas
Llama Chat Lists
National Lama Organizations

THIS PAGE: Useful Nonllama Resources

Health and Care . . . Performance . . . Biomechanics, Gaits, and Scaling
Hiking and Packing . . . Animal-Assisted Therapy . . . Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Welfare
Training Philosopy . . . Animal Intelligence and Mental Nature
Companionship . . . Communicating with Animals

Health and Care Resources

Raising the Home Duck Flock -- Dave Holderread, Garden Way Publishing, © 1978

Ducks eat slugs and snails, hosts for liver flukes, thus serving as an effective natural parasite control in fluke-prone areas. Comprehensive information on domestic duck husbandry. Includes lists of supplies and sources.


Veterinary Parasitology Reference Manual, 4th edition -- William J. Foreyt, Washington State University, © 1997

Technical veterinary text with some lama-specific information. Easier to glean certain practical information than Georgis' (below), but also considerably less detailed.


Georgis' Parasitology for Veterinarians, 7th edition -- Dwight D. Bowman, WB Saunders, © 1999

Technical veterinary text. No lama-specific information, but a veritable treasure-trove if you want to REALLY learn about parasites and the various drugs and treatments used against them.

Performance Resources

The Performance Mare -- Sharon B. Smith, Howell Book House, © 1993

Excellent discussion of gender-specific traits (physical, mental, and emotional) in the horse. Most points appear to be applicable to female llamas.


Carriage Driving -- Heike Bean and Sarah Blanchard, Howell Book House, © 1992

How best to modify the information and techniques to suit llamas remains to be seen. The best book available on driving with emphasis on advancement and proper body use. Covers training, driver skills, and equipment.


Principles of Conformation Analysis -- Deb Bennett, Fleet Street Publishing Corp, © 1988, 1989, 1991 (three volumes)

Although these paperbacks are about horse conformation, the principles of evaluation techniques are similar for all quadrupeds and are valuable for the beginning stages of performance evaluation.

Biomechanics, Scaling, and Gaits (non-lama resources)

How Animals Move -- James Grey, Cambridge University Press, © 1953

A basic introduction to biomechanics written before the word was even coined! Some postulations have since been proven right, others wrong.


Animals in Motion -- Eadweard Muybridge, Dover, © 1957

A selection of plates from the eleven-volume work, Animal Locomotion , which was originally published in 1887 and is still a standard in the field.


How Animals Work -- Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, Cambridge University Press, © 1972

Particularly concerned with the biomechanics of heating, cooling, and respiration, and the effects of size thereon.


The New Dogsteps -- Rachel Page Elliott, Howell Book House, © 1973

Helpful for beginning to understand gaits, although the judgements about the individual gaits are less applicable to llamas due to dogs' more flexible spine. Although a few "traditional" bits of misinformation find their way into "Dogsteps," the book makes up for these with the inclusion of the (then) cutting edge knowledge gained from cineradiography ("moving x-rays").


The Lame Horse -- James R. Rooney, Breakthrough, © 1974

For those interested in practical application to performance animals, there are two primary issues that drive them to study biomechanics -- better performance and remaining sound over time. This book provides excellent insight into many ways in which the second goal is lost for equines; many points are directly or indirectly applicable to llamas.


On Size and Life -- Thomas A. McMahon and John Tyler Bonner, Scientific American, © 1983

An exploration of scaling [changes in size and/or proportion] and its consequences to living organisms


Scaling: Why is Animal Size So Important? -- Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, Cambridge University Press, © 1984

Reasonably accessible dissertations on many topics related to or affected by scaling. A standard.


Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis -- Curtis M. Brown, Hoflin, © 1986

A very fine treatise on canine gaits and locomotion, and a good means to understanding gaits and gait analysis. The only real flaws are the few times when the author draws "parallels" between dog breeds and limited representatives of other species -- for instance, the "llama" (single zoo guanaco) he describes is atypical and its ancestral habitat is misrepresented as "narrow mountain trails."


The Restless Kingdom -- John Cooke, Facts on File, © 1991

A very accessible and well-illustrated work on the basic issues in biomechanics. Intended for a beginning audience.


Exploring Biomechanics: Animals in Motion -- R. McNeill Alexander, Scientific American, © 1992

Similar to "The Restless Kingdom" , but with more detail. Alexander is one of the leading biomechanics researchers and authors; this is his most recent, accessible introductory book.


Anatomy of Domestic Animals -- Chris Pasquini and Tom Spurgeon, Sudz, 6th ed © 1992

Anatomy text for veterinary students. Very helpful for comparing anatomy of domestic species. Llamas, unfortunately, are not yet well-represented.


Horse Gaits, Balance, and Movement -- Susan E.Harris, Howell Book House, © 1993

Although the sections on shoeing and ridden work are obviously not applicable to llamas, the basic functions of llamas are more closely related to those of equines than of any other domestic species. Despite a few traditionalisms (in which "traditional wisdom" is parrotted rather than examined carefully), the book is, overall, very valuable.


Cats' Paws and Catapults -- Steven Vogel, W. W. Norton, © 1998

A comparison of human-constructed and naturally-evolved mechanics, including bountiful examples of why one is often not directly comparable to the other. This book was intended for a general audience, so it is very accessible, and in some places, it's mighty funny reading.

Hiking and Packing Resources

Soft Paths -- Bruce Hampton and David Cole, Stackpole Books, © 1988

General (nonllama) information on minimizing impact to the wilderness.


Backcountry Bear Basics -- Dave Smith, The Mountaineers, © 1997

Comprehensive, common-sense guide on how to keep humans and bears safe from each other.


Mountain Lion Alert -- Steven Torres, Falcon, © 1997

Only book on the topic in print; does mention llamas (but not in a very encouraging light!).

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Volunteering with Your Pet -- Mary R. Burch, PhD, Howell Book House, © 1996

Excellent presentation of all aspects of animals-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activities. Although the short section on llamas is unfortunately neither entirely accurate nor complete, the book is still a valuable reference.

Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Welfare

Bandit: Dossier of a Dangerous Dog -- Vicki Hearne, HarperPerennial, © 1991

Rehabilitation takes a huge time, energy, and intellectual commitment; many people fantasize they can accomplish rehab quickly through "love and kindness." This true account of the author's rehabilitation of a "pit bull" who was otherwise sentenced to death provides insight into that massive commitment -- and the highly-motivated, insightful people who chose to attempt this largely thankless job.


Lost and Found -- Elizabeth Hess, Harcourt Brace, © 1998

If you are involved in animal rescue, relocation, or rehabilitation and feel overwhelmed or alone, this well-written book will help you realize that you definitely have company. If you have no involvement in hands-on individual animal welfare, this book could open your eyes in many ways.


Emergency Animal Rescue Stories -- Terri Crisp, Prima Publishing, © 2000

Interested in helping or rescuing animals from disasters? This book will give you both tremendous insight into the varied tasks involved and also provide excellent contacts for you to pursue training so that you, too, may help.

General Training Philosophy

The Art of Horsemanship -- Xenophon, J. A. Allen and Co, © 1962 (original translation pub. 1894; text circa 200 BC)

Historical interest. Many modern methods claim to part company with a mythical "universal tradition" of using harshness and rough means to "break" animals. Xenophon's kind and sensible philosophies have had a steady stream of followers, and many like-minded trainers no doubt preceeded him -- he was merely the first to put it into print.


My Horses, My Teachers -- Alois Podhalsky, Trafalgar Square Publishing, © 1967 (English translation © 1968)

Autobiographical stories of the many horses -- both talented and challenging -- that the successful author worked with throughout his life. His time-honored, proven philosophies (gentleness, adequate preparation, and time) shine through the story lines.


Lyons on Horses -- John Lyons, Doubleday, © 1991

Written by a currently active horse clinician. Many aspects of his relatively well-balanced approach can be applied to llamas, particularly the groundwork.


Considering the Horse -- Mark Rashid, Johnson Books, © 1993

An enjoyable, thought-provoking, easy-to-read collection of stories from the author's experience training horses. A good vehicle for learning to think like a trainer.


A Good Horse is Never a Bad Color -- Mark Rashid, Johnson Books, © 1996

Essentially a continuation of the author's first book, Considering the Horse.


Finding the Magic -- Dan Sumerel, self-published, © 2000

The grammar and punctuation are absolutely terrible. If you can get past these barriers, you'll find some enjoyable stories and insightful observations, and also a very effective "core" technique to working with horses specifically. The basic concepts can be applied to llamas, although the techniques and expectations require significant llama-specific modifications to be used successfully.


Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse -- Mark Rashid, Johnson Books, © 2003

Mark Rashid proves his mettle by humbly reporting what happened when he became a student, letting a horse teach him after he'd already progressed to a point most people would consider both "highly successful" and "at the top." Numerous introspective gems for all who aspire to teach and train animals.

Animal Intelligence and Mental Nature

Adam's Task -- Calling Animals by Name -- Vicki Hearne, Vintage Books, © 1982

Very difficult to read (Vicki Hearne is a philosopher when she's not training problem animals), but worth the effort to gain a better understanding of communication.


Animal Minds -- Donald R. Griffin, University of Chicago Press, © 1992

A review of current research, observations, and thought on the largely intangible subject of conciousness and thought in nonhuman animals.


The Intelligence of Dogs -- Stanley Coren, Free Press, © 1994

Although this book addresses canines, the discussions of types of intelligence and what those abilities actually mean within human-animal relationships are pertinent to all species.


Kanzi -- the ape at the brink of the human mind -- Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Roger Lewin, John Wiley & Sons, © 1994

The fascinating true account of Kanzi, a bonobo at a research facility, who has succeeded in communicating with human devices and under human-specified conditions.


When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals -- Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy, Delacorte Press, © 1995

An eye-opening (or re-affirming) volume on what animals emotions are capable of and how they have been historically denied written from a primarily observational, scientific viewpoint.


Animal Happiness -- Vicki Hearne, HarperPerennial, © 1995

Easier to read than Adam's Task (above), but easier to understand in context after you have read her previous book.


Love, Miracles, and Animal Healing -- Allen M. Schoen DVM and Pam Procter, Simon and Schuster, © 1995

Experiences of unusual healings and application of complimentary medicine from the author's veterinary practice.


Animals as Teachers and Healers -- Susan Chernak McElroy, NewSage Press, © 1996

A collection of stories about the important roles animal compaions have played in the lives of humans.


Modoc -- Ralph Helfer, HarperCollins, © 1997

Subtitled "the true story of the greatest elephant that ever lived," and you will no doubt agree; a moving tale of a very intelligent elephant and her lifelong handler.

Communicating with Animals

What the Animals Tell Me -- Beatrice Lydecker, Harper & Row, © 1977

The author's personal experiences exploring telepathic communication with animals, including information, techniques and principles she derived from her work.


Stories the Animals Tell Me -- Beatrice Lydecker, Harper & Row, © ?

Stories and communications with animals.


Animal Talk: Interspecies Telepathic Communication -- Penelope Smith, Pegasus Publications, © 1982, 1989

Outlines the author's method for telepathic communication with animals


Animals...our return to wholeness -- Penelope Smith, Pegasus Publications, © 1993

The author's viewpoints and experiences, as well as experiences of others, of living with, communicating with, teaching, and counseling animals-including llamas. Not for the philosophically inflexible.


Animal Wisdom: Communications with Animals -- Anita Curtis, © 1996

Stories and communications with animals.


Communicating with Animals -- Arthur Myers, Contemporary Books, © 1997

An extensive review of the many facets of telepathic communication by a nonpracticer; numerous interviews


What the Animals Tell Me -- Sonya Fitzpatrick, Hyperion, © 1997

The author's journey from communicative child to "normal" (tuned-out) adulthood, her rediscovery of communication skills, and eventual professional involvement. Sonya is "The Pet Psychic" on Animal Planet (television network).


Conversations with Animals -- Lydia Hiby, New Sage Press, © 1998

Gwen finds this one to most closely reflect her own experiences.

This annotated list is not intended to be complete and comprehensive. Inclusion does not constitute endorsement; exclusion is not a criticism.

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