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Volume 4 (5): 142-145, 2000.
Cervical vertebral movement in the horse
James R. Rooney
Gluck Equine Research Center Department of Veterinary
Rooney JR., Cervical vertebral movement in the horse. Online J Vet Res 4: 142-145, 2000. The movement of the neck of the horse has been examined by in vitro dissection and manipulation. The cervical vertebrae move in series along a locus of centers of rotation as the neck moves in the sagittal plane.This series rotation is determined by the ligamentum nuchae and the muscles which function in parallel with the ligament. The sigmoid, S-shape of the cervical vertebral column in the usual standing position is determined by the ligamentum nuchae alone in vitro and in parallel with cervical muscle action in the live horse.