This section is from the book "The Horse - Its Treatment In Health And Disease", by J. Wortley Axe. Also available from Amazon: The Horse. Its Treatment In Health And Disease.
A long, flat, narrow muscle, passing obliquely up the neck from beneath the scapula or blade-bone to the space between the branches of the lower jaw.
It separates the jugular vein from the carotid artery in the upper half of the neck.
Origin. - By a thin, flat tendon from the fascia on the under surface of the scapula.
Insertion. - Into the body of the hyoid bone (bone of the tongue).
Action. - To draw the hyoid bone downwards.
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