Hoof Anatomy & Physiology

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Hoof Abscesses in Horses

July 01, 2010

This common problem can cause sudden, severe lameness, but can be resolved quickly with the proper treatment. ... Read More

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Hoofin' It in Boots

May 01, 2010

Hoof boots aren't just for emergencies or soaking injured feet; these boots are made for walking, running, climbing, and more. Are boots right for you and your horse? If so, how do you pick out the right boot? Read on to find out.... Read More

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Hoof Supplements

May 01, 2010

Oral supplements might be indicated for horses with dry, cracked, or brittle hooves.... Read More

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Guided Tour: Horse Hoof Anatomy

January 28, 2010

As a horse owner/caretaker, knowing hoof anatomy can help you bring them back from lameness more quickly. ... Read More

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Horse Hoof Anatomy: A Guided Tour

January 01, 2010

As a horse owner/caretaker, knowing the basics of hoof anatomy and physiology can help you keep your horses sound and bring them back from lameness more quickly. Plus, it certainly helps to understand what the heck your veterinarian and/or farrier ar... Read More

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Uneven Feet in Sport Horses Related to Other Conformation Traits

May 29, 2009

Researchers examined the effects of uneven feet on equine performance and linked this to other faults. ... Read More

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Science and Farriery

March 17, 2009

Equine authorities discuss many subjects in the Science and Farriery session at the 2008 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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The Year-Round Hoof

January 06, 2009

How much attention do you give your horse's feet? Many times it's just the old once-over with the hoof pick.... Read More

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Barefoot vs. Shod

August 01, 2008

This point/counterpoint discusses the controversial issue of whether horses need to wear shoes. Back in 2002, Tufts University hosted a seminar for farriers and veterinarians to review the barefoot hoof care methods devise... Read More

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Inside the Laminitic Foot

July 01, 2008

Learn how equine podiatrists assess, treat, and monitor laminitis. Laminitis is a terrifying mystery to many horse owners, in part because in the early stages a horse with tremendous damage can look and act much like a mil... Read More

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The Equine Foot

April 04, 2008

The structures of the horse's foot inside and out is discussed in this report.... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology: Complete Series

April 04, 2008

A complete guide to the anatomy and physiology of the horse, with illustrations and practical applications.... Read More

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Study: Farrier Selection Impacts More Than Hoof Shape

March 21, 2008

Choice of farrier might have a significant influence not only on the shape of a horse's hoof, but its soundness and athletic ability, according to research carried out by veterinarians in Switzerland. Forty dressage and show jumping horses, divided ... Read More

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Healthy Hooves, Inside and Out

March 01, 2008

Horse hooves aren't created equal, which can make it hard to understand the healthy foot's form and function.... Read More

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What is a Healthy Hoof? (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Ask 10 people what a healthy hoof should look like, and you'll likely get 10 variations of an answer. ... Read More

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The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of... Read More

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Function of the Palmar Foot

March 24, 2007

Several lameness problems can exist in the rear (palmar) half of a horse's foot; most bear the very general title of "heel pain." The real problem is that without very careful diagnosis, lameness in this general area might be attributed to the... Read More

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Correcting Shelly Feet

March 01, 2007

Shelly, crumbly feet can be a challenge for horses and their owners. The feet break down too readily if the horse is barefoot, and they are unable to hold nails if he's shod. In this article we'll look at several causes and potential treatments for... Read More

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Supporting Limb Laminitis: Learning How to Save Horses Such As Barbaro

February 03, 2007

Barbaro's death might lead one to think that despite the best veterinary care available, horses with severe leg injuries and/or laminitis are unrecoverable and should be immediately destroyed. But one equine veterinarian says that couldn't be further... Read More

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Hoof Structure and Foot Facts (Book Excerpt)

May 17, 2006

The old saying, "No hoof, no horse" is very true, especially as it pertains to the horse's working ability and soundness. The horse is an athlete; we use him for a variety of athletic purposes -- racing, jumping, chasing cattle, pulling carts.... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology Part 5: The Equine Foot

May 01, 2006

The equine lexicon is filled with clichés about the equine foot. Most horse owners have heard them all. "No foot, no horse...The foot is the horse's foundation...For want of a shoe..." The list goes on. Without sound feet, a horse can't move... Read More

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Hoof Trimming and Leg Stress: One Step at a Time

January 01, 2006

As a rule of thumb, we know that our horses should be trimmed (and shod if necessary) at least every six to eight weeks. But where did those numbers come from? Van Heel recently studied how a hoof changes between trims, and she found that neglecting ... Read More

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Hoof Supplements (Book Excerpt)

October 19, 2005

A number of nutritional factors are promoted as hoof growth aids. Such products may include gelatin, numerous vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other dietary supplements.... Read More

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The Perfect Hoof

May 01, 2005

An interesting dichotomy exists when we turn our attention to the horse's foot. On the one hand, without a healthy foot, a modern-day horse really has no value. On the other hand, the foot often is the most neglected part of the horse's anatomy.... Read More

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Big Feet, Big Shoes

May 01, 2005

Whether you're a heavy horse fancier or not, a big hitch of fancy draft horses is an arresting sight. But what's the connection between all this flash and the ideal function of a heavy horse? Show ring insiders say you're seeing an animal... Read More