The Incredible Equine Neck
From perils to preservation tactics
We often base our first impression of a horse on the conformation of his head and neck, noting how his neck comes out of his shoulder and how “clean” it is at the throatlatch. Horses frequently race neck and neck, sometimes winning by one. And we can’t overlook the tumult performance horses’ neck flexion has caused in the industry in recent years. But for all the focus on the horse’s neck, sometimes we overlook how vital it is for routing crucial nerves around the body and how its health contributes to the horse’s overall soundness.
In this article we will explore equine neck anatomy, risks for injury and disease, and associated therapy, so you can give your horses the best chance for a strong neck and an athletic future.
Equine Neck Anatomy
The equine neck is a complex structure in which more than a hundred muscles support and move seven very large bones called vertebrae. The sensitive spinal cord and peripheral nerves intersect each vertebrae before continuing down the
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