Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What are the muscles on horses' lower legs called?

Trick question! Believe it or not, horses have no muscles below the knee or hock - they only have tendons and ligaments. This is why problems with the tendons or ligaments of the lower leg are so bad - you can't train surrounding muscles to support a weak point.

This is also why the measurement around the leg just below the knee is a key measure of "bone" - the tendons there are sheathed so the only thing you're measuring is the circumference of the bone, which can indicate carrying capacity.

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