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post #1 of 10 Old 10-03-2014, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Bone Deformity?

So, this is not regarding a living horse. I collect bones and have quite a few horse skulls in my collection, however one in particular has some sort of oddity. I'm not sure if it's some sort of deformity, from some sort of disease or an injury. That's what I'm trying to figure out, if anyone knows what it might be. As well I thought seeing the effect on the bones might be interesting for someone who's living horse may have the same injury/disease/deformity or whatever.






Anyone have an ideas? This is the only spot on the skull like that.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-03-2014, 03:20 PM
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He could have had a tooth injury, like hitting it or something. there is a crack in the deformed area that might be the reason. it could have been a cance like thing too.

I am trying to collect bones as well. i have a dog skull (poor thing was shot) and bits of a cow elk skull. still looking for that horse skull.
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-03-2014, 04:26 PM
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I bet it was a badly infected tooth that spread to the bone.
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Ah, 75% of my collection at the moment is horse skulls (and one donkey)! And then I have 2 dog ones and a coyote one I just picked up today.

Anyway, all those seem valid but I'm wondering if anyone would know what, if any of those, would cause the odd green coloring as well on the calcified looking area ?? The bones are not grass stained and that is an isolated 'green spot'. Would an infection in the bone do that?


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post #5 of 10 Old 10-04-2014, 12:35 AM
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could this horse have had a severe bit in severe hands?
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-04-2014, 12:51 AM
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Severe long term infection could have caused both bone deformity and discoloration. Severe bit misuse may cause calcification on the long term, but I doubt discoloration
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-04-2014, 03:10 AM
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Severe chronic infection easily causes bony changes and deformation. Discoloration isn't unusual either. Nasty long term tooth root abscess no doubt.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-04-2014, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Huh! Very cool, thanks guys! This horse was more or less feral so I doubt she ever had a bit on, though that's cool to know too, about severe bit misuse causing changes/damage to the bones. That's another neat thing about this particular skull, she was in fact a she, despite the very impressive canines. Now to just figure out if the tooth infection changes her value, might be a neat addition for someone or might decrease value for 'damages'. She's in flawless condition otherwise, not a single missing tooth etc.

I'm also kind of wondering if I took that tooth out if there would be actual changes to the root of the tooth and the inside of the socket too..hmm. Now to decide if it's worth it to take it out or not!

Anyway, once again thanks for the info and help, guys! It's much appreciated, not knowing what that is has been driving me crazy. I kinda feel sorry for her, I bet that wasn't pleasant to live with during life.
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-06-2014, 03:39 AM
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Interesting! Where do you get your bones? Do you treat them yourself? Ever made a whole skeleton??

Speculating, but yeah, it looks like calcification around an injury. Maybe recent before death, to be that size/shape. & the discolouration, was it discoloured before it was... just a skull? Could it have just gone that way since treating, from the calcification being more porous?
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-06-2014, 06:22 AM
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Thing to do is to search for "discoloration in bone as relates to pre-existing infection prior to death" or something along those lines.

Plenty of places out there to find that information.

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