2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

The Completed Recovery and Assembly of a 39 Day Old Foal Skeleton

Heather L. Lockhart*, Shannon J. Jones, and Tess C. Cummings
Dr. Kelly Walter, Faculty Mentor

The intricate detail of the equine skeleton plays an essential part in the functionality and athleticism of the species. On May 1st, 2016, Theodore, a 39 day old foal owned by Truman State University, was humanely euthanized due to a severe case of colic. On May 4th, 2016, a necropsy was performed revealing an obstruction of the small intestine. His carcass was placed in a field beneath wire in order for the natural decomposition process to occur. In October of 2016, Theodore’s remains were collected from the field. The bones were cleaned, using a dilute bleach solution, and labeled to prepare for assembly. The skeleton was reassembled using thin wire and has been placed on a rolling stand for transportation. The completed foal skeleton model will be utilized for educational purposes in the Agricultural Science department and displayed in Magruder Hall for the public to view.

Keywords: Equine, Skeleton, Foal

Topic(s):Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 205-3
Location: MG 2001
Time: 10:00

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