horses inside out


[Talking about Warrior:] “I don’t think I’ve cried like that since I thought I was lost in the woods when I was 8 years old.”

Tom Hiddleston, weeping during films since 1981


Here are some gifs I made of my videos showing the difference of movement when the horse is stretched long and low vs low and deep. During the low and deep position, the horse’s neck processes become more tightly S-curved which widens the space between the second and third vertebrae, putting stress on the tendons and ligaments. In addition, the back is more hollow and the horse finds it difficult to step underneath its self.
When stretched long and low properly, the horse moves forwards fluently and tracks up with its hind legs. In addition, the neck processes become a lot straighter and the horse looks relaxed.
I believe these gifs respond well to my intention of comparing the two training methods and showing discomfort during a deep/rollkur position.

In order to see the difference in what’s going on inside & the difference in biomechanics when the horse is put into different neck positions, I painted the skeleton onto a live horse.
I used non-toxic poster paints and followed diagrams of the skeleton as a reference as well as using my hands to feel where the bones are on this horse. I decided to leave the ribs out as the didn’t serve any purpose to what I wanted to see. I focused on the neck, back and legs of the horse which are the areas I wanted to see the change in. I also painted on some of the topline muscles in pink.
I think overall this went well, it looks good and does help see the difference in movement. For it to be even better I could have made it even more anatomically correct such as by starting the spine a bit lower down and the lumbar processes a bit further back.
I will turn my videos of movement into gifs to show comparison of different training methods.


a half-hour playlist of loving classics to soothe your mind.

white winter hymnal……..fleet foxes || wide eyes……..local natives || part one…… of horses || inside out……..spoon || love lost……..the temper trap || camera talk……..local natives || milk & black spiders……..foals


So cool! Horses inside out – not gross, I promise.

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Champion English rider Gillian Higgins created a rather unusual way to teach horse anatomy to novice riders, caretakers, and veterinary students. Higgins uses water-based hypoallergenic paints to create the muscular and skeletal systems on the horse’s hair so students gain a better understanding of how the bones and muscles work together.