The Sung Oyate (Horse People) is a group of veterinarians, veterinary students, farriers, and veterinary technicians that travel each summer to provide veterinary care to the equines on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Dr. Alderman has traveled to South Dakota to work with the Sung Oyate for three years now.
“My horse has no topline!”
When discussing a horse’s topline, we are typically looking at the visual relationship between the horse’s vertebral spinous processes and the epaxial muscles alongside the spine. These muscles function to extend the spine (picture a racehorse stretched out in a full gallop, with his hind limbs pushed out behind him and his forelimbs stretched out ahead).
This January, I was very fortunate to receive a scholarship from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to attend the Equitarian Initiative’s Workshop. The workshop’s objectives are to provide an understanding of the critical role of working equids around the world, discuss examples of successful equitarian programs, and allow participants to apply their individual skills in a field setting.