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November 6, 2017

Let’s think through why trimming is necessary in the first place.  In the wild the hoof is designed to grow at the same rate at which it is worn by nature’s “emery board.”  In other words, the horse’s daily movement required for survival in the wild over natural terrai...

October 30, 2017

This will be the last blog providing additional tools to evaluate your own horse’s hooves based on the blueprint provided by the internal structures.  We will now be moving from evaluating the bottom of the hoof to evaluating the outside of the hoof capsule.  We will s...

October 24, 2017

The bar wall is one of the most controversial subjects among hoof care providers; there are many different schools of thought, theories, and opinions.  I encourage you all to review the anatomy portion of this blog series on lateral cartilages and bar tubules as you re...

October 18, 2017

Now for some fun stuff you can do with your own horses!  We’ll will use our knowledge of the relationship of the fulcrum width and baseline-to-toe length to evaluate your own horse's hooves.  You will need to start by locating the baseline.  When locating the baseline...

October 16, 2017

You should now have a good basic understanding of the anatomy of the hoof and how the hoof capsule grows from the internal structures from reading the previous blogs in this series.  We will use this knowledge of the internal structures and how the hoof capsule grows f...

October 4, 2017

Now that we have all of the pieces to our imaginary hoof it is time to learn how all of our pieces fit together!  We will start by learning how the hoof wall is connected to the coffin bone which will lead to how the hoof wall is connected to the sole since we already...

October 2, 2017

We’ve learned about the sole region, the wall capsule, and the bars, but we have one more piece of our imaginary hoof to go before we can learn how all of our hoof capsule pieces connect! The next structure we are going to learn about which leads to the final hoof caps...

September 29, 2017

We’ve learned about sole tubules and wall tubules in previous blogs, but...there are still more tubules to learn about!  The next structure we will learn about are the lateral cartilages.  The lateral cartilages are flexible sheets of cartilage that extend from the pal...

September 27, 2017

If you grasped the concept of how the sole tubules grow from the sole corium in the previous blog you should be able to easily understand the concept of this blog which will cover the coronary corium, wall tubules, as well as periople skin.  The coronary corium is loca...

September 25, 2017

Now that we’ve learned about the bones, joints, and tendons of the lower limb we are going to start covering some specific internal structures within the hoof and the role they play in the functionality and growth of the hoof.  We’ll start with the sole corium.  The so...

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