Sick and tired of all the angst in our society and getting really bored with it all I started studying Horse Anatomy. It was becoming more and more obvious to me that studying this was probably the quickest way to make sure that I do not inadvertently end up annoying the lesson horses I ride unnecessarily. I have MS, bad balance, bad coordination, and I lose track of my limbs. I do pretty good, at least the horses usually do not cuss me out but I always want to become a better rider.
Since I am 72 studying horse anatomy will probably fill all my vacant hours for the rest of my life. A little part of my brain told me that if I wanted to study horse anatomy I was running out of time and that I needed to take a deep dive into the subject.
I have a sort of odd learning disability. I simply cannot learn even the basics of a subject until I have read around 20 books by at least three different authors on a subject. I did not have 20 books on anatomy a few months ago. So I got on line, found the 3-D Horse Anatomy computer program, started playing with it, and realized that it had the same limitations as the anatomy books I already owned, not enough detail and not enough information. So I went on-line hoping to find a horse anatomy equivalent of Grey’s Anatomy, hah!
Thanks to going on-line and buying the more veterinary school caliber anatomy books I now have 15 whole horse anatomy books plus two anatomy books for specific areas. Not quite my ideal of 20 books but a decent start. I have been looking at the pictures, my brain decides it wants to know more about a specific muscle or bone and I look that up in at least 7 of the books. Early on I realized that the differences between the pictures (or photographs) could well be because they were all of different horses, of different ages, breeds, soundness, etc…
I never “got” horse anatomy by looking at just one book at a time. I saw that there was complexity there, but to see complexity better I need to see a wide range of examples. I’ve noticed that the different books approached the subject with various foci, and what one book neglected another book might mention, and if I am lucky another book will have a relatively detailed description/or better picture.
I am aiming to “build” an anatomically correct “model” of a horse in my brain.
Amazingly I am not getting bored. In the last two days I was concentrating on the deltoid muscle and could probably spend more time on it later. Right now the horse’s shoulders have great attraction to my brain, along with the thoracic sling muscles originating in the scapula. Simply riveting how well the horse has evolved to deal with great weight on biological structures.
Who knows, maybe all this information will help me become a better rider who moves with her horse rather than blocking the horse. I do pretty good now but the horses have told me that I can improve. The horses will tell me when I get it right but they seem to think that I should figure stuff out myself.