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The Muscle Anatomy Of The Horse

Equine Serratus Thoracis Muscle

A horse with serratus thoracis dysfunction will show signs of soreness in the girth area and withers. He will tend to lift one front leg higher than the other and will sometimes drag a front foot.

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Equine Spinalis Dorsi Muscle

A horse with spinalis dorsi dysfunction will have pronounced soreness in the withers and will often have an intense reaction when the girth is tightened. The horse will have a tendency to carry his head high.

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Equine Triceps Brachii Muscle

A horse with triceps brachii dysfunction will have a shortened stride and may exhibit lameness at an extended trot. When at rest the horse will often keep his knee bent and weight of the leg.

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Equine Latissimus Dorsi Muscle

A horse with latissimus dorsi dysfunction will react when the cinch is tightened. The horse will have a shortened stride and my exhibit lameness on the affected side.

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Equine Infraspinatus Muscle

A horse with infraspinatus dysfunction will have a shortened stride and soreness and or lameness in the shoulder. He will tend to stand with the knee bent keeping weight off the front leg on the affected side.

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Equine Supraspinatus Muscle

A horse with supraspinatus dysfunction has a shortened stride and exhibits lameness in the shoulder. He will often stand with his knee bent on the affected side.

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Equine Trapezius Muscle

A horse with trapezius muscle dysfunction will have a shortened stride, have problems picking up leads, and exhibit soreness in the girth area and around the withers.

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Equine Splenius Cervicis Muscle

A horse with splenius cervicis muscle dysfunction will turn or pull his head to the painful side and will resist turning his head to the opposite side. When resting the horse will often keep his head lowered and will stretch his head and neck to try to relieve the pain.

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Equine Multifidus Cervicis Muscle

A horse with multifidus cervicis muscle dysfunction will resist flexing his neck. He will be often be reluctant to tip his nose to the side. When at rest you will notice the head and neck very slightly bent to the side.

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Equine Auricular Muscles

The equine auricular are sixteen small muscles that control the horse ears. Signs of dysfunction include: being head shy, hard to halter or bridle, and head tossing.

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Equine Masseter Muscle

The masseter muscle is the primary muscle of chewing. Signs of dysfunction include: problems chewing, excessive yawning, and tossing the head.

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Equine Brachiocephalicus Muscle

A horse with brachiocephalicus dysfuntion will feel off in circles and turns. He will have trouble picking up front leads. Stretching the neck upwards and to the side while working and at rest is a classic symptom exhibited.

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