Flex moulage casts of the equine hoof for anatomical instruction

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Moulage cast of the equine digit

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Flexible rubber material for better insights and instructional use.
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Hand coloration for even more realistic look and easier recognising of structures
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Horse hoof slices are available in thickness from appr. 3 to 30 mm. Thinner specimens are more flexible.

Flex moulage casts are the latest invention to present the anatomy of the horse hoof in a way that makes horse owners understand the specific problems of the equine digit. In the beginning freeze-dried hoof slices and semi-sectioned hooves were the only available instructional aids. With their characteristic smell and pseudo-realistic appearance they often had a more shocking than instructional effect on the horse owner. Sheet plastinates of the hoof have a completely different appearance. Horse owner love them for their beauty and often consider them as pieces of art. Their only disadvantage is a lack of 3-dimensional insight (find many examples in the picture gallery EQUINE ANATOMY at plastinate.com. Furthermore it was often requested to provide an anatomical model that allows you to move its different structures a little bit and allow you to investigate hidden details of the horse hoof anatomy.

Please take a look at the flex moulage casts as shown below. We consider a combination of sheet plastinates, high resolution anatomical picture prints and the new flex moulage casts a perfect fit for the needs of anyone who needs to explain the anatomy and pathology of the hoof to a horse owner.

You can find similar casts offered in my Etsy shop in the EQUINE ANATOMY section.

Flex moulage cast of other species and maybe even of the human anatomy will follow soon.

 

 

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Strange anatomical structures in the hoof corium of the horse

Suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone P3
Suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone P3
Detail view of the suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone
Detail view of the suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone
Horse hoof plastinate with distal phalanx (P3), hoof corium and wall.
Horse hoof plastinate with distal phalanx (P3), hoof corium and wall.
Detail view of the structure which might be part of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx in the horse hoof
Detail view of the structure which might be part of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx in the horse hoof

High resolution anatomical photographs of SI-Sheet plastinates of the hoof show structures which reach vom the coffin bone into the hoof corium. These might be part of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx. I had discussed with Chris Pollitt in the past whether it would be possible to visualise the mesocopic details of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx in sheet plastination specimens. With the help of the SI (Selective Impregnation) – method it might be possible.

I will examine more hoof plastinates and check whether these structures can be found in all hooves or if they might be a result of hoof disease like eg. laminitis. Meanwhile I am looking forward to your comments and ideas.

You can also find this picture in slightly higher resolution together with many other interesting pictures of the horse hoof anatomy in the Equine anatomy gallery at the HC Biovision website.

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Equine hoof plastination in Etsy

Equine hoof with severe laminitis – for real specimen and picture print offers please see our offers in the Etsy Shop or contact us directly.

go to PLASTINATE Etsy shop for equine hoof plastinates and high resolution picture prints.

 

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Rabbit teeth anatomy – why do tooth problems cause eye and nose symptoms?

Rabbit teeth anatomy

Length of rabbit front teeth in the jaws.

Anatomical photographs provide detailed insights

Real anatomical sheet plastinate of a rabbit head

Rabbit teeth reach very far into the jaws. They end close to the eye and nose cavity. This is why teeth problems in rabbits can be misinterpreted as eye disease or infection of the nose. The real anatomical plastinate of the rabbit head allows better understanding of the topography of the rabbit teeth and other structures of the head. The real plastinated specimens and the high resolution scientific photographs can be also found as Detail Vision Offers in Etsy: Rabbit head sheet plastinate and photographs in Etsy

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Horse hoof anatomy preparation – new plastination technique

Equine hoof anatomy teaching specimen
Prototype embedded silicone plastination hoof slice

A new kind of embedded silicone plastination specimen. It combines the realistic 3-dimensional vision of anatomical details in silicone plastination with the attractive and convenient hands-on approach of embedded specimens

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Bone fracture in a horse foot – long pastern bone fracture

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Fracture of the long pastern bone in a horse foot

The sheet plastinate shows how the fracture goes through almost the entire long pastern bone. These fracture can usually not be treated in horses. During treatment horses develop severe problems also in the other foots: see plastination of laminitis in the equine hoof.

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Blood vessel anatomy

Anatomie der Blutgefaesse
Vascularisation of the fish head

The detail of the fish head vascularisation demonstrates how the transparency of the sheet plastinate can show the whole complexity of the blood vessel anatomy in one single anatomical specimen. You can also find this picture and many more in the plastination-archive.

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