Hoof Anatomy & Physiology

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Equine Hoof Care: The Flourishing Frog

September 20, 2017

The horse's frog is a highly adaptable structure that's crucial to hoof health. Here's what you need to know.... Read More

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What Shape are My Horse's Feet In?

September 12, 2017

Even horses with less-than-ideal feet can lead sound and productive careers.... Read More

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Life After Laminitis

September 07, 2017

Your laminitis survivor's true prognosis depends on how you manage him after the worst is over.... 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.

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Trail Horse Hoof Care

September 05, 2017

Learn about the best trimming and shoeing practices to ensure your horse stays sound while traveling the trails.... Read More

Acute and generally non-weight-bearing lameness caused by infection within the hoof.

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Hoof Abscesses in Horses

May 22, 2017

This common problem can cause sudden, severe lameness but often resolves quickly with proper treatment.... Read More

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Hoof Abscesses in Horses

April 26, 2017

Find out how to treat and prevent this common equine hoof problem in our special guide! ... Read More

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Hoof Growth and Compression: Shoeing Considerations

April 12, 2017

Research has provided farriers with a better understanding of how weight-bearing and loading affect hoof wall growth.... Read More

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Hoof Development: From Fetus to Maturity

April 05, 2017

The hoof is a dynamic structure that undergoes continuous changes throughout a horses' lifetime. ... Read More

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What's Inside the Equine Digital Cushion?

March 11, 2017

The digital cushion, located in the rear of the hoof, protects the foot's complex bone and soft-tissue structures.... Read More

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2017 International Hoof Care Summit Wrap-Up

March 10, 2017

Learn about what's cutting-edge in the world of equine hoof care from our 2017 International Hoof Care Summit coverage.... Read More

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Managing Equine Caudal Hoof Problems

March 09, 2017

A farrier shares ways he addresses issues in the caudal aspect of the horse's foot. ... Read More

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Farriers: Consider More Than Feet When Trimming and Shoeing

March 06, 2017

Farriers need to observe a horse thoroughly, head to tail, to determine how to best trim and shoe him.... Read More

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Dealing with Hoof Capsule Distortion and Dysfunction

March 03, 2017

What do a dish, a crack, a flare, and a sheared heel have in common? All are hoof distortions. ... Read More

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How the Horse in Motion Relates to Trimming and Shoeing

March 01, 2017

Find out why understanding hoof biomechanics is important when making trimming and shoeing decisions for your horse.... Read More

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Managing Severe White Line Disease

February 28, 2017

Learn about the intricacies of treating and shoeing horses with white line disease.... Read More

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Deconstructing the Laminitis 'Train Wreck'

January 25, 2017

Researchers have made great strides in understanding laminitis, but it remains a difficult disease to predict and treat.... Read More

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Why is the Frog of My Horse's Foot Falling Off?

December 28, 2016

A veterinarian and certified farrier explains frog exfoliation and what you should do if it happens to your horse.... Read More

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Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 4: The Abnormal Horse Hoof

December 07, 2016

Hoof care experts discuss common equine foot issues, including club feet, underrun heels, and mismatched feet.... Read More

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Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 3: The Role of Imaging

November 30, 2016

Find out how veterinarians and farriers rely on imaging to evaluate the horse's hoof. ... Read More

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Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 2: Shoeing the "Normal" Hoof

November 23, 2016

A farrier explains what a "normal" horse hoof is supposed to look like and how it affects shoeing. ... Read More

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Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 1: Horse Hoof Biomechanics

November 15, 2016

Find out how physics plays an important role in how the horse's hoof works and adapts to force. ... Read More

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The Tolerable Club Foot

August 17, 2016

Is it worth taking a chance on a horse with a "clubby" foot, and how can you manage one to keep him sound?... Read More

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Horse Foot Bruises

June 21, 2016

Learn how to treat and prevent common stone bruises in your horse's hooves.... Read More

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Managing a Horse's Underrun Heels

June 15, 2016

The long-toed, low-heeled hoof is a common and difficult-to-manage hoof abnormality. Here's what you should know.... Read More

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12 Facts about Equine Navicular Syndrome

April 07, 2016

Learn about the diagnosing, treating, and the possible causes of navicular syndrome in our Vet On Demand companion! ... Read More