We have just completed a full equine skeleton assembly at the Defence Animal Centre’s Army School of Farriery in Melton Mowbray England in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee. Her Royal Highness is an avid equestrian and it is fitting that this educational tool be given in her honor to such fine and dedicated military personnel. Farrier Major Robert Black-Wood was an amazing fellow in his dedication and assistance while we were there. He truly went above and beyond the call of duty the entire time we were there and we can’t thank him enough. His willingness to give so much of his personal time is evidence of his total dedication to the education and care of the staff and horses of the British Military. His every waking action is a true testament of what makes the British such fine and honorable allies. Hats off as well to Scotty, Woody, Ed, Jock, Rob who were always there to lend a hand and a smile. Lots of laughs and great converation were the order of the day.
We had a fabulous time doing an assembly clinic for our new friends at Locust Trace Agriscience School and Locust Trace Veterinary Clinic on the Lafayette County School grounds in Lexington Kentucky. The skeleton was a Thoroughbred that we brought with us from New York.
It was a beautiful day and there was lots of help so it became photo day for the museum mounts before they went back into the crates for final delivery. These mounts are made to replicate the poses done by Samuel Harmstead Chubb for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in the early years of the 20th century. Missing is a human skeleton to stand with the rearing horse as he had to have his skull reworked so I had to leave the rest of him in the shop. I will get a photo of the rearing and man pose when we install them in Lexington next week!
We left the door of the shop open and this one ran out into the pasture. I took a couple photos before we put it back in the skeleton shop (;
This is actually one of four equine skeletons we are doing for a museum job and couldn’t resist posing it in a life setting. It is completely free standing on the ground and this is not photo-shopped in any way!