Studying for the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge?
Here’s a fun look at learning horse anatomy (and about your own body to be a more balanced rider) from The Horse by D. J. Kays, a 1969 college textbook for a “horse production” class on “judging, breeding, feeding, managing, and selling horses.”
Check out how horse and human bones work in movement: the hock is like a human ankle, and a horse’s knee is the counterpart of a human wrist. The tuber calcis, the short bone at the “point" of the hock, is like the human heel acting as a lever to lift the body up and forward.
Photo: Horse and human skeletons courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History in The Horse.