When a horse lifts its hoof up and scrapes at the ground, repeatedly, something is off. Something is bothering the animal. In pawing the ground, the horse expresses its frustration. But is it also giving us the middle finger? Technically, yes. That’s what the hoof is, studies over the past several years confirm: a giant middle finger. Reach back far enough into time and you will find a horse with five toes. Fifty-five million years ago, many of the horses in the warm, subtrop
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Speculation as to our origin story as a species has existed, well, probably since our origin — or since we conceived a language that could effectively tell the story. But what about the origin story of the Anatomy in Clay® Learning System? Recently, we unearthed a fossil (OK, maybe not that old) from 1988: an interview with Anatomy In Clay founder, Jon Zahourek (Jon Zahourek, Anatomical Revolutionary—Massage Therapy Journal, Summer Issu
You all know the famous quip by W.C. Fields: “Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” Even as we head into the second half of 2020, that observation seems more apt than ever. How did basic public health become a divisive issue? If you were a horse, would you bet on us humans to get on top of this disease? We wish we could say the trends in the United States were as promising as the trends in Europe. Alas, that’s not the case. Yet! While we
When you think of the Anatomy in Clay® Learning System in classroom settings, you might think of big universities on metropolitan campuses. But in tiny, rural Loretto, Tennessee (population 1,500), anatomy classes have been taught to high school students for the last 25-30 years, says teacher Andy Augustin. Augustin has been teaching in Loretto for 38 years. During that time, the science-trained teacher has taught computer programming, music, art, and physical education. “Whe
This just in: Jon Zahourek will be bringing his expertise and equine skeletons to Lexington, Kentucky—better known as the heart of horse country—later this year. A four-hour, equine Anatomy in Clay® class will be offered as a very special elective at the Best Horse Practices Summit, announced Maddy Butcher, executive director of the Summit. The Summit is an acclaimed two-day conference for professional and recreational horse riders and owners. It features academic and arena p
Stop and think of all the joints in the human body. For that matter, any mammal. One place to study form and function is in how one bone works with and/or interacts with the next. Check this brief, interesting video clip below from Jon Zahourek looking at the comparisons between horse and human tibiotalar joints. You can practically feel the strength and power in the horse as Jon demonstrates the “tremendous mortising” and “tremendous design” of the horse’s tibiotalar joint.
Olivia Arbogast will be a junior this coming fall at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ogden, Utah. She lives about twenty miles from her high school, in the mountain valley town of Eden. Her commute to school takes her through farm country past the beautiful Pineview Reservoir and then the road cuts through the Wasatch Range, which is dotted with ski resorts up and down the state. Olivia was six months old when she got her first pony. “There’s pictures of me from a very, ve