Equine Skeletal Anatomy

Horses have the ability to run upwards of 35 mph, with strides in some cases exceeding 30 feet. They can also jump extremely high, with fences in the elite jumper shows exceeding 6 feet in height with massive spreads. All of this balanced on four, relatively small feet. The horse's skeleton supports the horse through its many athletic endeavors. Below are a series of videos providing an overview of the equine skeletal system.

The Horse's Skeleton: Overview

Dr. Roberta Dwyer
University of Kentucky


Overview of Equine Skeletal Anatomy

Dr. Mark Russell
Purdue University

Skeletal Balance

Dr. Mark Russell
Purdue University


Skeletal Structure of the Hind Leg

Dr. Mark Russell
Purdue University