Antemortem vs. perimortem injuries.

The skull from the standard size horse suffered a severe injury some time before its death (possibly a kick from another horse). The bone fractures all show signs of new bone growth.

The miniature horse skull came from an animal that was kicked in the head by a draft horse, which killed it instantly. The fractures show no sign of healing.

Thought these guys made for an interesting comparison!

The Herd.

These are all of my equine skulls (that are cleaned. Still working on that mustang and the arab/quarter horse). There is a draft horse, an old miniature donkey, standard sized donkey foal, two adult miniature horses, two standard sized horse foals, and one horse. 

Adult Miniature Horse compared to a Juvenile Standard Size Donkey.  Mini horse is in the foreground, donkey foal is behind it. Check out the difference in the eye sockets. Most of the time, donkey skulls have ‘sad eyes.’ Not a 100% accurate way to tell them apart but it is usually pretty spot on.

Adult Miniature Horse compared to a Juvenile Standard Size Donkey.  Mini horse is in the foreground, donkey foal is behind it. Check out the difference in the eye sockets. Most of the time, donkey skulls have ‘sad eyes.’ Not a 100% accurate way to tell them apart but it is usually pretty spot on.

A few more shots of Yogi the Miniature Horse.

As I said in my first post about Yogi, the poor little guy met a rather tragic end. He was standing behind a Percheron when another mini horse snuck up on the draft horse and bit him. Naturally the Percheron was rather annoyed by this so he kicked out at the biter, only to hit this poor bystander in the head instead, killing him instantly. The biter lived to cause havoc for another day. 

Yogi was a rescue horse and around six years old. He had some pretty crazy dental anomalies, most likely the result of inbreeding. 

This skull is definitely one of a kind and I’m stoked to have him in my collection. 

Miniature Horse Skull finished!
Here’s Yogi again, the mini horse I posted about a while back. Finished cleaning him so now he’s ready for display. Gorgeous little skull. :) 

Miniature Horse Skull finished!

Here’s Yogi again, the mini horse I posted about a while back. Finished cleaning him so now he’s ready for display. Gorgeous little skull. :)