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natomy models and skeletal limbs are invaluable tools for educating clients about their horses and the pathologies they might be facing. These specimens will prove helpful for years to come with proper care.
Allie Hayes of Horse Science in West Boxford, Mass., and Walter Varcoe of Equineskeletons.com in Port Jervis, N.Y., are two of the foremost experts in the field of anatomical models and skeletons. While their products are relatively different, they share some of the same common problems that come with owning a specimen. Hayes and Varcoe offered their insights about caring for your educational investment.
Since the specimens that both Hayes and Varcoe offer are organic, moisture can be a problem.
“It boils down to whatever is bad for leather or wool is also bad for the models,” Hayes says. “If you’re in a humid environment and your saddle gets mildewed, so will your hoof model.”
Adds Varcoe, “Excessive moisture can be a problem if they don’t get to dry completely. They can grow mold or fungus if they’re in intense moist conditions for a prolonged period. The limbs also should be kept away from grease and grime when possible. Greasy dirt can be difficult to clean, but will not harm the bone. You should keep them as you would furniture in your living…