"Poseidon, sculpted in the form of the Greek Gods certainly is a thing of beauty and to own, a joy forever."
Horse Anatomy Illustrated
Sculpted by Gillian Higgins and Judy Boyt, named Poseidon after the ancient Greek God of horses, and fashioned in the style of the head statues of the ancient Greek Gods, this model accurately conveys the beauty, power, anatomical accuracy and inner strength of the horse.
Having been privileged to study the structures of the equine head from the inside out and being aware of the delicacy and complexity of the structures, I was keen to produce, not only an object of beauty, but also an accurate anatomical model that could contribute to the awareness of the structures of the head in relation to bridle fit and design, movement and facial expression.
It is the detail encapsulated in the model which allows us to visualise some of the more nebulous structures of the head.
The hyoid apparatus for example, which gives form to the pharynx, larynx and tongue and from which there are strong links to the rest of the body can be studied in detail; the position of the nerves and emerging teeth can be seen and help and encourage us to treat the head with empathy and respect.
Poseidon is modelled on a real pony skull and enables us to see the bony structures as well as the soft tissues, nerves and blood vessels.
The essence of the sculpture can be summed up in the words of the renowned poet Ronald Duncan:
‘Where in this wide world
can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy,
or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is laced with muscle
and strength by gentleness confined’.