Japanese Journal of Equine Science
Online ISSN : 1884-443X
Print ISSN : 0917-1967
ISSN-L : 0917-1967
Segmental Body Weight, Volume and Mass Center in Thoroughbred Horses
Katsuyoshi KUBOTatsuro SAKAIHiroshi SAKURAOKAKihachi ISHII
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1992 Volume 3 Issue 2 Pages 149-155


We determined the weight, volume and center of gravity (CG) of 20 frozen body segments using three Thoroughbred horses. Segment weight and volume to whole body weight and volume were 4.4 and 4.1 (%) for the head, 7.0 and 6.5 neck, 59.5 and 63.0 torso, 9.2 and 8.6 scapulabrachia, 1.8 and 1.6 antebrachia, 0.5 and 0.4 metacarpi, 0.5 and 0.4 digiti, 13.8 and 12.7 thigh, 2.0 and 1.6 crura, 0.8 and 0.6 metatarsi, 0.6 and 0.4 digiti, and 0.1 and 0.1 for the tail. Segmental body density was more than 1 g/m3 except 0.90 g/cm3 for the torso. Total body density calculated from total weight and volume was 0.95 g/cm3. The location of CG for each body segment was presented on the reference line by percentage of distance from location of segment CG to proximal end which was divided by the segment length.

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