Equine Superficial Musculature Anatomy Chart

Lateral view of equine superficial musculature anatomy


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“I am extremely happy with these illustrations, which will help my students immensely, and keep Equestricare looking professional. Wendy is very easy to work with and really knows what she’s doing. Her attention to detail is second to none and her work is beautiful. I will be contacting her again next time I need veterinary illustrations.”

– from Jessica Blackwell
Director of Equestricare


This custom veterinary anatomical illustration of the equine superficial musculature features a lateral view of a horse in motion rather than the usual standing pose, since the client it was created for works with performance horses. This image includes the superficial musculature of the horse, as well as the skeleton, ligaments and tendons which are associated with it. There are two other illustrations which are associated with this illustration, one of the deep musculature of the horse, and another of the skeletal system of the horse.

This is one of a series of three images originally created for Equestricare in Australia, which is a company specializing in equine sports medicine and massage therapy for these amazing athletes.

Superficial musculature shown :

1. Temporalis, 6. Rhomboideus, 7. Serratus ventralis cervicis, 9. Sternocephalicus, 11. Subclavian, 15. Brachialis, 17. Serratus ventralis thoracis, 18. Ascending pectoralis, 19. Oblique abdominal externals, 23. Serratus dorsalis posterior, 24. Transversus abdominus, 27. External intercostal, 33. Sacrocaudalis dorsalis medius, 34. Sacrocaudalis dorsalis lateralis, 35. Sacrocaudalis ventralis lateralis, 36. Masseter, 37. Sternothyrohyoideus, 38. Brachiocephalicus, 39. Omotransversarius, 40. Splenius, 41a. Trapezius cervicis, 41b. Trapezius thoracis, 42. Cervical cutaneous, 43. Deltoideus, 44. Descending pectoralis, 45. External carpi radialis, 46. Common digital extensor, 47. Ulnaris lateralis, 48a. Lateral head triceps brachii, 48b. Long head triceps Brachii, 49. Latissimus dorsi, 50. Tensor fascia latae, 51. Superficial gluteus, 52. Biceps femoris, 53. Semitendinous, 54. Digital extensors, 55. Digital flexors