Hoof Anatomy & Physiology


Infographic: Navicular Disease

June 30, 2014

Learn about navicular disease, a common condition that causes up to 1/3 of all front-limb equine lamenesses.... Read More

When you look at the hoof as the horse stands, you are seeing the hoof wall. If you pick up the hoof to look at the bottom, you will see the sole, frog, sulci, heels and bar.


Hoof Anatomy, Part 2: Outer Structures

June 25, 2014

The outer hoof's health affects the bones and soft tissues within, and vice versa. ... Read More

Once the horse is in MRI room, his leg is positioned in the unit. The standing MRI scans an area about the size of a grapefruit, so veterinarians perform careful diagnostics prior to MRI to localize the area of interest.


Standing MRI in Horses

June 23, 2014

Learn about the standing MRI process step-by-step, and take a look inside the equine foot.... Read More

When blood flow within the hoof to the coffin bone is compromised for long periods, the bone breaks down starting at the trim and can lose significant mass, as seen with the bone on the right.


Horse Hoof Anatomy, Part 1

April 23, 2014

Learn how the bones and soft tissues in a horse's hoof work together and impact soundness. ... Read More


Univ. of Florida to Offer Online Horse Care Course

March 16, 2014

The course will shed light on the science behind common horse management practices.... Read More


The Top 10 Horse Health Articles of 2013

January 02, 2014

Covering a variety of horse health topics, the following articles received the most views in 2013.... Read More


Physical Exam of the Horse Hoof

July 21, 2013

Learn about healthy hoof conformation and common, potentially function-affecting abnormalities.... Read More


No Four Feet Are Alike

April 15, 2013

Even among top-level equine athletes, hoof asymmetries and imperfections are quite the norm.... Read More


Horse Health Parameters Form

April 05, 2013

Use this comprehensive form to evaluate your horse's well-being from nose to tail prior to a vet visit.... Read More


Biomechanics and Hoof Problems, Treatment (AAEP 2012)

April 02, 2013

One vet encouraged practitioners and farriers to take a biomechanical approach to treating some foot problems.... Read More


Hoof Angles' Impact on Lameness Examined

March 06, 2013

Research shows that various angles of the outer and inner hoof are linked to different kinds of lameness.... Read More


Recognizing a Club Foot: Foals to Adults (AAEP 2012)

January 21, 2013

Horse owners and veterinarians can identify a club foot based on classic signs and grades of severity.... Read More


Study: Barefoot Trimming Can Impact Hoof Conformation

January 03, 2013

A specific trimming technique increased the hoof's weight-bearing area and increased the heel angle.... Read More


The Horse: Top 10 Horse Health Articles of 2012

January 01, 2013

The staff at TheHorse.com tallied the most popular articles of 2012. Did your favorites make the list?... Read More


Laminitis Overview and Anatomy

December 24, 2012

It's important to have at least an understanding of the structures in play during a laminitic episode. ... Read More


Look, Ma--No Shoes!

December 13, 2012

Study examines changes in toe angle and proximal hoof circumference without shoes.... Read More


Human Barefoot Trends: What Can they Tell Us About Horses?

December 04, 2012

Learn what human barefoot running trends are teaching us about horse podiatry and laminitis management.... Read More


Creating a Sustainable Equine Athlete

November 23, 2012

Paying attention to certain, sometimes minute, details can help horses enjoy longer athletic careers.... Read More


Environmental Effect on Hoof Wall Hydration Studied

September 08, 2012

Australian researchers found hoof moisture levels similar in horses from dry and wet areas and after soaking.... Read More


Latest Technologies in Diagnosing Equine Lameness

May 14, 2012

Dr. Kent Allen discusses current options in diagnostic technology for lameness detection in horses.... Read More


Does Equine Hoof Shape Have an Effect on Soundness?

January 10, 2012

Certain hoof characteristics can be associated with chronic lameness, while others point to a sound horse.... Read More


Laminitis 2011 Conference

January 03, 2012

Farriers & veterinarians discuss their research, advancements, and understanding of this often deadly disease.... Read More


Common Hoof Problems

October 18, 2011

Horse hooves can be plagued by many problems. Explore common hoof problems and learn how to prevent them. ... Read More


Navicular Disease: Possible New Treatment Option from Human Medicine

April 09, 2011

In certain cases of navicular disease, drilling a hole into the navicular bone--a procedure called core decompression that's commonly used to treat human osteonecrosis (bone death caused by poor blood supply to the area)--might provide a new ... Read More


Young Horse Development: Birth to Six Months

February 01, 2011

Learn about the factors contributing to a foal's healthy development as he grows into a young horse: Genetics, nutrition, social development, immunity, growth rates, weaning, hoof care, and more.... Read More