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An interesting link on equine anatomy

Posted by RodandDenise on October 26, 2011

We are no longer building saddle trees. We have two saddle fit videos available on our westernsaddlefit.com websiteWestern Saddle Fit - The Basics, aimed at riders, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo while the six hour series Well Beyond the Basics, aimed more for professionals but understandable by anyone, is available by streaming on Vimeo. (We left this website up because we have had many requests to keep the information available.)

Here is a link to an interesting TV show, Inside Nature's Giants, looking specifically at the special things about horse anatomy that enables them to run as fast and as far as they do.  They look at not only the legs but also the lungs and heart and even how the horse's gut works with its breathing as it runs to keep the oxygen moving.  (Yes, there are dissection pictures in it too.)  Another snippet I found interesting is that the measurements taken on Eclipse, a famous racehorse from 200 years ago, puts him right in the center of average of thoroughbreds today.  While we don't agree with the evolutionary bent of the show, it really is fascinating to see how a horse was created to move the way it does.  Enjoy!

Inside Nature's Giants: Racehorse

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