The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion
The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion

By Sarah Pilliner, Samantha Elmhurst , Zoe Davies

The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion PDF. We all want our horses to be able to perform to the best of their ability and we know that an effective training regime has many facets. The horse must be worked correctly, fed a balanced ration, mentally and physically healthy and well looked after. This book examines a further aspect of the horse’s performance: it is designed to help all horse owners and riders to understand how a horse moves and how its anatomy helps, or hinders, the horse’s athletic ability.

First, the book uses sequences of photographs and detailed anatomical drawings to show the systems of support and movement at each phase of each of the horse’s gaits. The walk, trot, canter, gallop and jump are all examined, and the effect of the rider on the horse evaluated so that the rider can take appropriate action to avoid hindering the horse. Tips are provided throughout on ways in which the horse’s life can be made easier, such as saddle fitting, warming up and cooling down procedures.

Table of Contents

Part I: Anatomy and conformation

The head and neck

The chest and ribs

The forelimbs

The abdomen

The hind limbs

The back

Part II: Movement

Walk

Trot

Canter

Gallop

Collection

Lateral movements

Rein back

Jumping

Part III: Lameness and injuries

Sites of common lameness

Identification of the lame limb

Common lamenesses

Appendices: The points of the horse

The skeleton

Superficial muscles

Deep muscles

The stay apparatus

The tendons and ligaments

The circulation

The nervous system

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