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Parts of the Hoof

  1. Coronary band
  2. Walls
  3. Toe
  4. Quarter
  5. Heel
  6. Bulb
  7. P2 (short pastern)

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Transitioning barefoot hoof, from below.

Details:

  • (1) periople
  • (2) bulb
  • (3) frog
  • (4) central sulcus
  • (5) collateral groove
  • (6) heel
  • (7) bar
  • (8) seat of corn
  • (9) pigmented wall (external layer)
  • (10) water line (inner unpigmented layer)
  • (11) white line
  • (12) apex of frog
  • (13) sole
  • (14) toe
  • (15) how to measure width (fulcrum)
  • (16) quarter
  • (17) how to measure length

 

Fun Facts

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The foot continues to grow in size until the horse is 6 years old.

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The hoof is flexible enough to absorb 70 – 80% of the impact during weight bearing.

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Human hair, fingernails and horse hooves are made from the same protein.

 

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