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 Posted: Tue Oct 11th, 2011 04:13 am
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I mean she started to breathe in time with her steps.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 11th, 2011 11:08 am
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I'm not sure if I can post a link (maybe if dr Deb approves), but there is a dissection of a horse movie by Channel 4 called "Inside The Nature's Giants - The Racehorse". I think that some of the students that didn't attend dr Deb's anatomy class could find it interesting.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 11th, 2011 05:42 pm
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Yes, you can post a link to such a program, Julia.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 11th, 2011 11:21 pm
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http://www.videozer.com/video/q4rqhW

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 Posted: Wed Oct 12th, 2011 03:00 pm
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Julia,

Thank you for the link. It was very interesting!

 

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 Posted: Wed Oct 12th, 2011 03:14 pm
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Thanks for sharing.

I was amazed at how enormous the lungs & heart are.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 12th, 2011 03:57 pm
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Yes, it was amazing how huge they were. Still I would like to see the muscles of the neck, back and hindquarters. Disscusing racehorse's superpowers ignoring hindquarters is a bit like reviewing a ferrari without looking under it's mask, isn't it?

Maybe I'm a sissy, but I've cried seeing the horses brake their legs and collapse. It's the sadest thing on earth to see someting like that. I've read somewhere that it is often the result of the selective breeding with ignoring the circumference of the cannon bones factor (or even breeding horses for 'light legs'). Or maybe it's of no significance and bone cracking like that is just the risk that applies to all the racehorses?


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 Posted: Wed Oct 12th, 2011 06:04 pm
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Julia, please go to "Knowledge Base" and read the "Ranger" paper. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Thu Oct 13th, 2011 12:20 pm
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That was really great to watch, thanks for the link. What caught my eye was the close up of the galloping horse in the short running martingale and how that showed him bracing up against the reins instead of dropping his head for the last part of the stride. I couldn't replay the video to see at exactly what time in the show it was and review it, but remember wanting to see the horse put his head down further to get the last stretch out of his stride.

You would have to wonder why they would use them, as the rider had his hands up following the level of the head, but the martingale prevented the rider from actually being able to help the horse and follow the movement of the head and neck.

I have never liked martingales but this clip just totally brought home to me why they should have no place in your tack room :-)

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 Posted: Sun Oct 16th, 2011 03:28 am
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Thank you, Julia. I can understand why Dr. Deb so strongly encourages students to take her dissection class. This elevates one's understanding of "how a horse works" to a whole new level.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 19th, 2011 07:32 am
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Thanks Julia

 

I thought that this was well done and I hadn't realised what a tough little muscle the Biceps brachii was and what a difference it can make in the stride length.  Learning all the time. The other thing that I always struggled with was picturing that Larynx and how it all worked. Now I have a much better understanding of its function. I can see now why when a horse's head is 'pulled back by the rider that it would struggle to breathe

 

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