Sharon May-Davis dissection course

I am currently working towards furthering my qualifications to also become an Animal Physiotherapist, so 2 weeks ago I flew down to country Victoria to attend a 2-day horse dissection workshop run by Sharon May-Davis. 

Not for the squeamish, the course involved the full dissection of the musculoskeletal system of a horse, that sadly had been put down earlier that week due to health reasons. As gruesome as it sounds, being able to physically see and touch the muscles, soft tissue and bones is really the best way to learn anatomy.

Sharon May-Davis is an extremely knowledgable woman when it comes to horse anatomy, and it's no wonder she is in high demand both here and abroad. Attendees at the course were a mix of people, not just horse professionals, many people were simply horsey people with an interest in learning more about how the horse worked. It certainly challenged your thoughts on what is going on underneath the saddle. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone in the horsey world!

Ever wondered how horses can sleep standing up? The video below shows how once the patella (kneecap) is locked into place, the entire limb can't be flexed, no matter how much force is used. The video also demonstrates the reciprocal arrangement of the hind leg, meaning that if the hock is flexed or extended, so too is the stifle. Quite different to how our legs function!

Some footage from the Sharon May-Davis horse dissection course that I attended last weekend.Ever wondered how horses can sleep standing up? This video shows how once the patella (kneecap) is locked into place, the entire limb can't be flexed, no matter how much force is used. The video also demonstrates the reciprocal arrangement of the hind leg, meaning that if the hock is flexed or extended, so too is the stifle. This is different to how our legs function as humans. We can move each joint in our limbs independently of all the others.

Posted by Sydney Equestrian Physiotherapy on Sunday, 31 May 2015