Think back to your high school health class days. Remember seeing that human skeleton in the corner, and remember having to learn all 206 bones that make up said skeleton? Yeah ... me too. But not many of us have seen full-scale horse skeletons, unless you took any veterinary classes in college. So imagine your surprise when you enter a museum and walk under a rearing horse skeleton. Is it Halloween? No, just curators of an equine exhibit have simply gone all out.

There is a cool exhibit that bears a name pretty familiar with our followers that has made a stop here in Lexington, Ky. The exhibit--titled The Horse--is on display at the Kentucky Horse Park's International Museum of the Horse until April 6, 2012.

Artist Walter Varcoe poses the 205 bones of each equine skeleton in the exhibit to tell a story. The rearing horse mentioned above reflects the story of Alexander the Great taming the rogue stallion Bucephalus. It makes me wonder how Varcoe has the mind to look at a pile of bones and think, "I want to tell this story with this horse."

"I find horses just beautiful," Varcoe told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "And (seeing their skeletons) impresses me even more that they can do what they do."

Varcoe gets most of his subjects from area veterinarians and composts the carcasses on his farm in New York.

Varcoe has created skeletons jumping (taking off and landing, with plans of a horse over a jump in the near future) and performing sliding stops (that I would love to see!), with each animated pose taking a month or more to put together with precision and engineering. If you attended the World Equestrian Games in Lexington in 2010, you might have seen the horse taking off for a jump in the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital lecture tent. That particular horse was Louie, a tall "Thoroughbred-looking Standardbred" former New York City police horse.

The weird angle for me is the thought of working with dead horse bones. To me, that's just a little creepy. However, to see this exhibit in person would be awesome to see how the horse's skeleton plays a key role in every movement. I'm not sure if I would want to see my dead horse's body in a pose from our glory days, as Varcoe has some orders for. He can have up to a dozen horses composting under wood chips waiting for a new order or any idea that might spring up for an exhibit. One such order is a former Grand Prix dressage horse who will be posed performing a piaffe for a veterinarian's wife.

Notable? Yes. Creepy? Perhaps just a little. Either way, I think I'm going to have to check this exhibit out. After all, it is named The Horse.