BY LEE POST (a.k.a. Boneman)
This was a reconstruction of Jordan, an 18-year-old thoroughbred jumping horse who had structural
problems that prevented him from being ridden for most of his life.

After Jordan passed away, he was composted for a year in a buried bed of horse manure, which didn't
totally clean the bones. This may be because of being butchered and de-fleshed first or from being in a
four foot deep hole. Whatever the reason, these bones didn't come out as tissue-free as they could
have. There were ligaments and cartilage and adipocere still present on some of the bone surfaces.

Most of the bones were still damp inside from the hydrogen peroxide and many had a waxy
coating from scrubbing off the adipocere spots from the bones.
Despite these setbacks, the skeleton was mostly assembled by a crew of over a dozen students and volunteers
over a four day period in November of 2013. Because this was to be a teaching tool we added some extra
supports and innovations. The jaw was made to hinge. The head was easily removable  and one fore leg was
made to hinge in front of the cannon bone. The rest of the skeleton was fixed in place with the rib cage having
extra supports added in the form of aluminum rib bands.

It was extremely interesting working on this skeleton with such a group of knowledgeable horse people. There
was no detail of skeletal structure that this group didn't know well, and as I expected, they went for holding
Jordan to the highest standards of anatomical accuracy possible, considering the numerous built in
abnormalities in this animal's skeleton: asymmetrical pelvis, fused metacarpal bones, vertebral spines that were
not straight or were touching.
Despite the technical difficulties with the dampness of the bones and a
shortage of hours in which to do assembly, Jordan came back to being a
totally functional ambassador of his species, to aid in teaching students
from here on out.
It wouldn't have happened without the organization of Lola, director of the school. The
skills of Michael, a master machinist who did all the welding and metal work and built the
twelve foot long base. And Rob a veteran of Sawbones, a world famous company that
makes medical grade artificial bones and models for medical students to practice doing
repairs and medicine.
And we had extra helpers.
Jordan - running once again.
Sculpture in those twisted bones.
Go Jordan Go!
Michael - Super Machinist
-behind his latest project.
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