54 Posture – an introduction
Posture is a description of the relative placement, arrangement, or position of the animal’s head, body and limbs with respect to gravity. The term attitude refers to the position of the eyes, head and limbs relative to the body. Some authors have used ‘attitude’ as a synonym for mental activity or behaviour. As all abnormal postures should be described in the course of an examination, this point of terminology is not hugely important.