Facial Crests

Facial crest

The long, hard ridges that run along the side of the head, below the eye, are called the facial crest. This bony defense mechanism is used to harm other animals (including humans) when the head is swung sideways. The enforced structure of the skull is used as a weapon with little chance of harming the horse. I can attest to its effectiveness and always try to avoid coming into contact of this structure.

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