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Learn Horse Anatomy in Sculpture

February 25, 2019

Anatomy Pronunciation

erector spi· nae | \ -ˈspē-nə (erector spinae)
lon· gis· si· mus | \ län-ˈjis-i-məs (longissimus)

As stated by Jean-Marie Denoix in Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse when the horse lowers the neck the thoracic fle...

February 18, 2019

What happens to the horse muscularly when the horse grazes. Is it good or bad posture?

January 16, 2019

Pronunciation of muscles

  • (Trapezius) tra·​pe·​zi·​us | \trə-ˈpē-zē-əs

  • (Longissimus) lon·​gis·​si·​mus | \län-ˈjis-i-məs

  • (Psoas) pso·​as | \ˈsō-əs (silent “P”)

  • (External Abdominal Oblique) ex·​ter·​nal | \ek-ˈstər-nᵊl \ab-dom-uh-nl | \ō-ˈblēk

  • (Tra...

October 22, 2018

It's important for anyone who works with a horse to understand the function of a horses’ back, so he/she can protect the horse from long-term injury and avoid self-injury or death when riding or driving. In this blog post, the locations and functions of the nuchal funi...

August 22, 2018


The skull is formed mainly by flat bones interlocking together. There are 34 bones making up the complex structure. The flat bones are joined by cartilage at birth, as the horse matures the cartilage is replaced by bone.

Head motion is controlled mainly by the neck mu...

August 14, 2018

Areas of body condition
We can break out the areas of assessment into at least 6 categories. See chart below.

 

The BLUE area is skeletal. S.E.A. considers this to be the first area of assessment because horses with skeletal damage from misuse, incorrect training, lack...

April 14, 2018

Learn to identify muscle tension in the horse.

April 9, 2018

1. The time it takes

Just like an athlete the horse requires time, a minimum of two years, to strengthen his body before he is ridden. This strengthening happens through specific gymnastic exercises that encourage relaxation in the horse and careful development of speci...

April 4, 2018

Learn how the horse uses his core muscles