Anatomy specimens for hoofcare professionals

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In 2006 I presented horse hoof sheet plastinates to farriers and hoofcare professionals for the first time. Since then many new techniques and modification were developed with the help of you. Colleagues also provided specimens for plastination, tested new prototypes and acted as plastinate resellers. I would like to thank you all for this great work: Get officially registered as a development partner now and profit from various advantages.
Who? All hoofcare professionals who are willing to see prototypes and previews of new techniques and give feedback about it.
How? Just send a PM with your Facebook Messenger, call +49 8751 875675 or send an e-mail. I will take care of your request!

How to become a development partner

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If you want to see and buy Beta-Version specimens you need to register as a development partner. It is very simple:

– Send an e-mail to cvhorst(at) Tell me your username and that you would like to become a development partner. If don´t have an account you can register here.

– Drop a view words about yourself and your profession. There is no need to work at a university to become a development partner, but it would be helpful if you have the chance to show the Beta-Version specimens to other people and get their feedback as well.

– If you buy specimens from the Beta-Version section you should send feedback after 3-4 weeks. If we do not get feedback after 6 weeks, your account will be changed to regular customer.

Outlet offer information

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Bird anatomy plastination

What is a Research Outlet Plastinate?

Many plastinates are being prepared with a scientific focus on investigating and documenting anatomical structures. If the goal is a specific anatomical detail such a project might result in a number of specimens all visualising the requested detail in a perfect way but taking less care of other critera like the surface and egdes of the specimen, allowing slightly more gas and debris inclusions and maybe even grinding artefacts in areas that are not in the focus slot terbaru of the investigation. After the documentation of the visible details these plastinates are kept in stock and can be offered as outlet plastinates.

Do all offers in the outshop come from research projects?

No. Besides from scientific research and anatomical imaging projects outlet offers can also come from late stages of developing new techniques (Prototypes and Beta-Version specimens), from specimen presentations (show pieces), plastination exhibitions for rent or from returned orders. In case of high stock of certain specimen types you will even find regular A-quality specimens offered in the outlet shop.

What can I expect from an outlet offer?

All outlet offers fulfill the good standards of plastination and anatomical preparation and allow investigation of anatomical details. I recommend taking a close look at the description image. If present in the specimen, you will be able to recognise any major gas or debris inclusions, preparation artefacts, etc. Also take a look at the outside shape and surface of the specimen.

Can I return outlet offers?

Yes, you can return outlet items within 1 month. Please inform me within 1 month after you will have received the item. As soon as I receive the returned item you will get a full money refund including the shipping charged in the shop. You would only have to pay the cost for the return postage. I recommend insured registered mail for returning items.

Flex moulage casts of the equine hoof for anatomical instruction


Moulage cast of the equine digit

Flexible rubber material for better insights and instructional use.
Hand coloration for even more realistic look and easier recognising of structures
Horse hoof slices are available in thickness from appr. 3 to 30 mm. Thinner specimens are more flexible.

Flex moulage casts are the latest invention to present the anatomy of the horse hoof in a way that makes horse owners understand the specific problems of the equine digit. In the beginning freeze-dried hoof slices and semi-sectioned hooves were the only available instructional aids. With their characteristic smell and pseudo-realistic appearance they often had a more shocking than instructional effect on the horse owner. Sheet plastinates of the hoof have a completely different appearance. Horse owner love them for their beauty and often consider them as pieces of art. Their only disadvantage is a lack of 3-dimensional insight (find many examples in the picture gallery EQUINE ANATOMY at Furthermore it was often requested to provide an anatomical model that allows you to move its different structures a little bit and allow you to investigate hidden details of the horse hoof anatomy.

Please take a look at the flex moulage casts as shown below. We consider a combination of sheet plastinates, high resolution anatomical picture prints and the new flex moulage casts a perfect fit for the needs of anyone who needs to explain the anatomy and pathology of the hoof to a horse owner.

You can find similar casts offered in my Etsy shop in the EQUINE ANATOMY section.

Flex moulage cast of other species and maybe even of the human anatomy will follow soon.



Strange anatomical structures in the hoof corium of the horse

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Suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone P3
Suspensory apparatus of the equine coffin bone P3
Detail view of the suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone
Detail view of the suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone
Horse hoof plastinate with distal phalanx (P3), hoof corium and wall.
Horse hoof plastinate with distal phalanx (P3), hoof corium and wall.
Detail view of the structure which might be part of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx in the horse hoof
Detail view of the structure which might be part of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx in the horse hoof

High resolution anatomical photographs of SI-Sheet plastinates of the hoof show structures which reach vom the coffin bone into the hoof corium. These might be part of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx. I had discussed with Chris Pollitt in the past whether it would be possible to visualise the mesocopic details of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx in sheet plastination specimens. With the help of the SI (Selective Impregnation) – method it might be possible.

I will examine more hoof plastinates and check whether these structures can be found in all hooves or if they might be a result of hoof disease like eg. laminitis. Meanwhile I am looking forward to your comments and ideas.

You can also find this picture in slightly higher resolution together with many other interesting pictures of the horse hoof anatomy in the Equine anatomy gallery at the HC Biovision website.

Rabbit teeth anatomy – why do tooth problems cause eye and nose symptoms?

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Rabbit teeth anatomy

Length of rabbit front teeth in the jaws.

Anatomical photographs provide detailed insights

Real anatomical sheet plastinate of a rabbit head

Rabbit teeth reach very far into the jaws. They end close to the eye and nose cavity. This is why teeth problems in rabbits can be misinterpreted as eye disease or infection of the nose. The real anatomical plastinate of the rabbit head allows better understanding of the topography of the rabbit teeth and other structures of the head. The real plastinated specimens and the high resolution scientific photographs can be also found as Detail Vision Offers in Etsy: Rabbit head sheet plastinate and photographs in Etsy

Blood vessel anatomy

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Anatomie der Blutgefaesse
Vascularisation of the fish head

The detail of the fish head vascularisation demonstrates how the transparency of the sheet plastinate can show the whole complexity of the blood vessel anatomy in one single anatomical specimen. You can also find this picture and many more in the plastination-archive.

Plastination 2.0 at the congress of the European Association of Veterinary Anatomists (EAVA)

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The use of plastinates in schools, museums and other institutions was the subject of an oral presentation from Dr. Christoph von Horst at the EAVA congress in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria). Veterinary anatomists from all of Europe, the US, South America, New Zealand and Australia heard about how plastinates can be adapted to the needs of a wider range of users. The tension between aesthetics and the scientific message played a major role in the speach. Co-author of the presentation was Prof. Dr. Robert W. Henry (President of the World Association of Veterinary Anatomists). Henry and von Horst also presented a scientific poster that suggests a change of the anatomical nomenclature (Nomina anatomica veterinaria) for the equine maxillary sinuses.