A journey of discovery…
Not only do you get to explore the internal organs and how they show us the inner workings of a horse, but also the synergistic relationships between them and the horse’s ability to perform. Little nuances tell us so much about the horse’s life beforehand, such as; gastric ulcers, depleted / disarranged structures of the adrenal gland, weak heart muscle / valves, tumors and much, much more. Even the blood has characteristics that lead us along a journey of evaluating premortem pain.
We also look at the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, fascia and anything else that we find along the way that not only shows us a normal horse, but more importantly the variables that make them different. For example; have you seen a transitional vertebra? What is it and more importantly can it limit performance? The answer is yes and it is this knowledge through palpation that we can help those that are still alive and being worked. I encourage you to palpate these structures and to feel the different textures so that you have a better understanding when you meet up with the living.
When we look at a horse it is the anatomic limiting factors that help us make the necessary decisions to choose a suitable riding companion. In my dissections, we travel these pathways and discuss what it means to the ridden horse and even more beneficial, is that when we move the limb, back, pelvis, head/neck as a biomechanical lesson, it furthers the understanding that these limitations affect us as riders and the horse’s ability to carry and perform for us.
As always, this journey is accomplished with respect and especially, grateful acknowledgement to the horse who has given up its secrets for us to learn from.
So with that in mind, I hope to see you soon.