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Surprisingly, many of us don't really know.

January 26th, 2009
http://www.physorg.com



Despite the fact that most of us see our four-legged friends walking around every day, most of us-including many experts in natural history museums and illustrators for veterinary anatomy text books-apparently still don't know how they do it. A new study published in the January 27th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, shows that anatomists, taxidermists, and toy designers get the walking gait of horses and other quadruped animals wrong about half the time. That's despite the fact that their correct walking behavior was described and published more than 120 years ago.

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"Our key finding is that the chance to find erroneous depictions of quadruped walking in our surrounding environment is about 50 percent, which corresponds to nothing else than pure accident," said Gábor Horváth of Eötvös University.

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So, then, how do they walk? It turns out that all four-legged animals step with their left hind leg followed by their left foreleg. Then they step with their right hind leg followed by the right foreleg, and so on. Animals differ from one another only in the timing of that stepping. :cool:

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Hedi is still walking on all 4's despite a vet who wanted to cut off her right front leg. This was because she had nerve damage (the nerves were only stretched). I consulted with UT's vet school, they said it was possible since the nerves were only stretched that they could regenerate.

She has full use of the leg and the accident happened 2 years ago.
 

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Hedi is still walking on all 4's despite a vet who wanted to cut off her right front leg. This was because she had nerve damage (the nerves were only stretched). I consulted with UT's vet school, they said it was possible since the nerves were only stretched that they could regenerate.

She has full use of the leg and the accident happened 2 years ago.
Yaay Heidi! And thank goodness for her owner that got a second opinion.
Heidi is such a gorgeous girl too. Kissya you need to post more pics of her. No one will believe she's 15 or is it 16?

Give Heidi a belly rub from me. :D
 

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My dog does right front-right, front-left, front-right, rear-left, rear-left, rear-right, front-left as evidenced by the footprints shown here . . . . he sorta ends up in one place but gets a lot of vertical air time. :confused:


 

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Yaay Heidi! And thank goodness for her owner that got a second opinion.
Heidi is such a gorgeous girl too. Kissya you need to post more pics of her. No one will believe she's 15 or is it 16?

Give Heidi a belly rub from me. :D
Hedi is 17 this summer.....:D
I'll be fencing in the yard this year so she can bark at the neighbors...since they are cows they won't mind.;-)
 

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