The anatomy trains that move your horse
If you've studied dressage theory, you've probably heard of the "ring of muscles" which determines the horse's posture. Recent dissection studies done at the University of Copenhagen have revealed that there are several of these "rings" or functional chains of muscles connected by fascia to describe the various types of movement in the horse's body. There are the superficial dorsal and ventral lines which merge in the chewing musculature. There are different lines for lateral bending for when the topline is hollow and when it is flexed. There are lines for rotation of the trunk, for movement of the limbs and there are even lines that connect the surface of the horse to the internal organs.
In this series, co-author of the study "Myofascial Kinetic lines in horses", veterinarian and anatomist Rikke Schultz talks you through the fascia trains and their functions and significance.