Did you know?
- A horse has 205 bones in its body. 7 cervical vertebrae; 18 thoracic; 6 lumbar; 5 sacral; 15-21 caudal.
- A horse has over 700 skeletal muscles
- Movement occurs when antagonistic pairs of skeletal muscles contract and relax, causing joints to either flex or extend.
- A muscle spasm is a group of muscle fibers held in tetanic contraction unable to secure its own release, creating a rigid knot. This is caused by anoxia (low oxygen) or a blow to the muscle.
- Ligaments hold joints together (connect bone to bone)
- Tendons connect muscle to bone
- Tendons have very little blood supply therefore it takes longer to heal and can not relax on its own.