POINTED QUES­TIONS, ACUTE OB­SER­VA­TIONS

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Nei­ther foren­sic anal­y­sis nor crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tion is ever car­ried out “at ran­dom”; in­stead, the in­ves­ti­ga­tor de­vel­ops a spe­cific set of ques­tions that need to be an­swered. As in­ves­ti­ga­tor I wanted to an­swer a num­ber of ques­tions by ex­am­in­ing the skele­tons of the four horses an­a­lyzed in this se­ries. Specif­i­cally for this month’s re­port, we would like to know: • Do the skele­tons re­veal any de­vel­op­men­tal anom­alies? Might any such anom­aly have had an im­pact on the on­go­ing sound­ness or ath­letic ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the horse? Does the anom­aly re­veal ge­netic re­la­tion­ships or breed af­fil­i­a­tion? • Can bro­ken bones be de­tected in any of the horses, and if so, what is the most likely cause? • What was the sound­ness sta­tus of each horse at the time of his death? For ex­am­ple, it has been re­ported that Ethan Allen suf­fered from bone spavin. Do his re­mains con­firm this? • What was the con­di­tion of the horses’ hooves at the time of death?

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