Anatomy In Motion: The Visible Horse
The Visible Horse Presentation
is a unique and original demonstration by Susan Harris, in which she paints the muscles and skeletal system on a living horse to show how the anatomy of the horse works in motion at all gaits. The skeletal system, painted on one side, demonstrates the structure and movement of the body and limbs. On the other side, the colorfully painted major muscle groups show how the "circle of muscles" works to produce good movement and balance. As the horse works on the longe line, it's easy to see and understand the function of the bones and muscles, what causes good and poor movement, and common causes of movement problems.
Susan Harris' Visible Horse demonstration is the unique and original "Anatomy Painted Horse," and has been presented at major equine expos and clinics in North America, Europe, Australia, Iceland and Japan since l996, including Equitana USA, Equitana Asia- Pacific, Equineaffaire, Ride With the Stars Super Clinics, the Quarter Horse Congress and the George Morris Horsemastership Clinic in Wellington, Florida.
To Book a Visible Horse Demo or Anatomy In Motion Clinic:
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THE VISIBLE HORSE ON DVD
Anatomy In Motion 1: The Visible Horse
DVD, 48 minutes. $39.95 plus shipping
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Combined Visible Horse and Rider Demos
Sometimes Peggy Brown and Susan Harris work together, presenting both parts of Anatomy in Motion™: The Visible Horse and The Visible Rider. The Visible Horse is presented first, working on the longe line to show the anatomy of the horse and how it relates to good movement. Then Peggy Brown, wearing her "skeleton suit," mounts up and demonstrates how the rider's body works in dynamic balance in motion with the horse at all gaits. This presentation may be adapted for various groups and special subjects, including "The Horse and the Balanced Seat," "The Effect of the Rider's Seat on the Horse's Movement," "Teaching Better Riding," and "Centered Riding: Riding in Harmony With Your Horse."
In order to arrange a Combined Visible Horse and Visible Rider Demo, please contact both Peggy Brown and Susan Harris for schedule and other details.
The Visible Horse, an Inside Look at Conformation, is a new presentation that uses the painted horse to look at the horse's skeletal structure, the foundation of conformation. When you look at bone structure, shoulder angles, and proportions with "x-ray eyes," you view conformation, movement and soundness with a new understanding. It's also easier to identify blemishes and unsoundnesses when you see the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments on a living horse. This demonstration is presented at equine expos, clinics and workshops, but is not yet available on DVD.
The Skeletal System
The Muscle Groups
The Original Painted Horse: The first Visible Horse presentation was given at Equitana USA in 1996. Satori, a purebred Arabian gelding (now 29 years old) owned by Peggy Brown, was the original "Living Anatomy Model Horse." He was also the prototype for the Breyer Antomy in Motion model horse. Satori is truly "a horse of a different color!"
Susan Harris painting the Visible Horse
It takes Susan up to 4 hours to paint every bone and muscle on the horse. The paints used are washable and hypo-allergenic, so they don't hurt the horse's skin and they wash off afterward.
Susan Harris Anatomy Workshops
In this workshop, Susan Harris lectures and discusses anatomy while she is painting the skeleton on the Visible Horse demo horse. Workshop participants help paint the muscles on the horse. This is a great way to learn about the muscles, where they are located, and what they do, and it's fun to create the "Living Anatomy Model." When you've painted a muscle on a living horse, you won't forget it!
This workshop is part of Susan Harris' Anatomy in Motion Clinics. For more information on Anatomy in Motion Clinics, please click on Susan Harris Clinics (above).