Hello all! I am playing around building a Woody. Well, a cardboardy actually, but it may become a Woody eventually. I was hoping any of you who have built a Woody could help me out with this. I've studied the blueprint and the photo on the first page of the Woody article (which I've also read several times over the past few years). The strap that attaches from poll to wither - how taught should that be? My guess is that it doesn't need to be pulled to a tight tension, but just so that it isn't floppy. Since the neck is hinged to the chest, there is no up and down movement of the neck, only side to side. I'm thinking that the strap represents the nuchal ligaments.
Second, the bungee that attaches the back legs. The bungee runs through the body and out the top holes in the legs. Then, I think the bungee runs underneath the body and through the bottom holes in the legs. Or is there a second hole through the body as well? I'm thinking that it must go go underneath because otherwise it would attach the legs too firmly to the body. And in looking at the blueprint again, it says hole, not holes. So I think I answered my own question here.
Also would be fun to post pictures of our Woody's!
Yes, Monica, you answered all your own questions about both the neck strap and the bungee. Forge ahead now, and seek a balanced tension on both ends, so that the neck doesn't flop or snap either, and so that the hind legs don't spraddle out sideways due to not enough snap to hold them together. Woody works better when you set him up on a piece of carpet, so you don't need to depend on the hind leg bungees to do everything. -- Dr. Deb
Dear Dr Deb
I'm building Woody and want to clarify that I can fasten his neck to the inside of his two heads? So the neck is fastened to his heads. The heads don't move, correct?
I am trying to resize a photo to post.
Right, Teresa; the heads don't move. There are only two moveable parts on the Woody model: the hinge at the base of the neck, and the movement allowed through the anterior chest and shoulders by the rubber band.
Remember that all models are simplified versions of reality. Of course real horses bend in lots more places than Woody does. The reason we build models, which are simpler, is so we can wrap our heads around the complexity in a way "one step at a time."
Very pleased to hear you're actually building the model; you will find it very enlightening and surprisingly helpful in your practice of riding.
Just a note to all: I'm still on research sabbatical out in the wilds of the Midwest, at my alma mater, so my answers will continue to be brief until mid-June when I return to my office and expect to have a little more free time then. Cheers -- Dr. Deb