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Answer: Crest

Definition: The crest is the topline of the neck.

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Answer: Poll

Definition: The poll is the area immediately behind the ears and the underlying bones are the top of the skull bone and the atlas bones of the neck. In this area are many nerve endings and acupressure points.

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Answer: Croup

Definition: The croup is the area from the highest point of the hindquarters to top of the tail.

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Answer: Loin

Definition: The loin is the short area joining the back to the croup.

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Answer: Back

Definition: The back extends from the base of the withers to where the last rib is attached.

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Answer: Gaskin

Definition: The gaskin is the region between the stifle and the hock.

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Answer: Withers

Definition: The withers is the prominent ridge where the neck and the back join. At the withers, powerful muscles of the neck and shoulders attach to the elongated spines of the second to sixth thoracic vertebrae. The height of a horse is measured vertically from the withers to the ground, because the withers is the horse's highest constant point.

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Answer: Stifle

Definition: The stifle is the joint at the end of the thigh corresponding to the human knee.

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Answer: Hock

Definition: This joint is made of several smaller bones. The strength of the hocks is very important as this is the most active joint in the horse’s hind legs.

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Answer: Dock or Tail Head

Definition: The area at the top of the tail is called the dock or tail head.

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Answer: Barrel

Definition: The main body area of the horse, enclosing the rib cage and the major internal organs

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Answer: Girth

Definition: The girth or heartgirth is the area right behind the elbow of the horse, where the girth of the saddle would go.

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Answer: Shoulder

Definition: The shoulder runs from the withers to the point of shoulder. The angle of the shoulder has a great affect on the horse's movement and jumping ability, and is an important aspect of equine conformation.

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Answer: Throatlatch

Definition: The throatlatch is the point at which the windpipe meets the head at the underside of the jaw.

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Answer: Coronet or Coronary Band

Definition: The ring of soft tissue just above the horny hoof that blends into the skin of the leg.

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Answer: Hoof

Definition: The foot of the horse. The hoof wall is the tough outside covering of the hoof that comes into contact with the ground. The hoof wall is, in many respects, a much larger and stronger version of the human fingernail.

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Answer: Forearm

Definition: The forearm is the area of the front leg between the knee and elbow.

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Answer: Fetlock

Definition: The fetlock is sometimes called the "ankle" of the horse, though it is not the same skeletal structure as an ankle in humans.

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Answer: Pastern

Definition: The connection between the coronet and the fetlock.

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Answer: Cannon

Definition: The cannon or cannon bone is the area between the knee and the fetlock on the front leg and the hock and the fetlock on the hind leg.

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Answer: Muzzle

Definition: The muzzle is the chin, mouth, and nostrils of the horse's face.

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Answer: Elbow

Definition: The joint of the front leg at the point where the belly of the horse meets the leg. Homologous to the elbow in humans.

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Answer: Knee

Definition: The knee is the large joint in the front legs, above the cannon bone. It is equivalent to the human wrist.
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The image used for this basic anatomy game is our Sec B stallion, Free Spirit Tenby Wills.