Hoof Anatomy & Physiology

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.

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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

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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

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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

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Physical Exam of the Horse Hoof

July 21, 2013

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

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No Four Feet Are Alike

April 15, 2013

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Look, Ma--No Shoes!

December 13, 2012

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

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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

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Creating a Sustainable Equine Athlete

November 23, 2012

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

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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

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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

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Keep Your Older Horse Comfortable During a Trim

April 23, 2012

Farrier Kirk Adkins of UC Davis demonstrates techniques to help your old horse feel better during a trim.... Read More

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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

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Laminitis 2011 Conference

January 03, 2012

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

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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

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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

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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

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Assessing Equine Hoof Balance

February 01, 2011

The old adage "No Hoof, No Horse" has never been truer than in this day and age. Balancing your horse's feet has become more of a factor in promoting good performance and long-term soundness. The optimum balance comes as the horse's weight is... Read More

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Equine Navicular Disease

January 01, 2011

The navicular bone, a small, boat-shaped bone nestled deep in the protective womb of the hoof, only measures approximately 6 cm wide and 2 cm deep (top to bottom) in an average 1,200-pound horse, so how can such a small bone be such a nuisance?... Read More