The equine anatomy posters and charts in this article provide information that is vital to horse owners, breeders, blacksmiths, veterinarians, trainers and students. These veterinary wall charts are full-color and laminated for long life. They are designed to be used by professionals or by students in a classroom setting, and by patients’ owners in the clinic.
These skeletal and muscular anatomical posters provide a clear picture of the horse’s body and structure. They are scientifically accurate and easy to read. The axial skeleton includes the skull, the vertebral column and the ribs. The axial skeleton is made of 37 fused bones and protects the internal anatomy from external forces. There are 7 cervical vertebrae, 18 thoracic vertebrae, 6 lumbar vertebrae, 5 sacral vertebrae and 15-20 caudal vertebrae.
The muscular system of the horse consists of skeletal muscle and smooth muscle. Skeletal muscles include brachiocephalus, sternocephalus and splenius, which help with movement of the head and neck. Shoulder movement is facilitated by the rhomboideus, trapezius and deltoids. Supraspinatus extends the shoulder joint. The biceps and triceps flex the elbow.
The hoof anatomy poster shows the structures in a normal foot, as well as a foot that has been impacted by laminitis. The navicular region poster illustrates the dissected distal foot in lateral, palmar and dorsal views and also features a sagittal cut through P1, P2 and P3. The digital flexor tendon is shown as well as the deep digital flexor bursa and impar ligament.