Elevation and abduction of the shoulder and forelimb. Assists in pulling the scapula forward
Flexes the neck, protracts the forelimb. May also be known as the brachiocephalicus
Lies in the dorsal aspect of spine between withers and sacrum. Bilaterally extends and stabilizes back. Assists in extending the neck. Unilaterally, contributes to bending the spine.
Rectus capitus dorsalis
Deep, dorso-lateral to the upper cervical spine. Bilaterally elevates the head by extending the poll and upper neck. Flexes and stabilizes neck.
Rectus capitus ventralis
Deep, ventral-lateral to the upper cervical spine. Flexes the poll, flexes, and stabilizes neck.
Lies ventrally and laterally to the cervical spine. Extension of the longs collie muscle. Flexes the poll and neck. Neck stabilizer.
External abdominal oblique
Raises the abdomen upwards to assist in expiration, defecation, and parturition. Stabilizes and assists the flexion of the thoracolumbar part of the spine.
Flexes stifle; extension of the hip, stifle, and hock joints; medial rotation and adduction of the hind limb
Tension of the lateral femoral fascia; Flexion of the hip; protraction of the hind limb; Extension of the stifle joint; Stabilizes stifle joint
Adduction of the hind leg; assists in flexion of the stifle; extension of hip and hock joints