No Hoof, No Horse: or Know Hoof, Know Horse
The phrase "no hoof, no horse" underlines how much the health and the strength of the hoof is crucial for horse soundness. Since a single digit must bear the full proportion of the animal's weight that is borne by that limb, the hoof is of vital importance to the horse.
Equid hooves have enormous strength and resilience but are not at all a rigid structure. It is elastic and flexible. But Thrush, White Line, cracking, laminitis, dreaded founder and so many more maladies besiege our horses' delicate feet and undermine their structural integrity.
This lecture explores the anatomy and mechanics of the hoof and how it works, including:
Know the Hoof, and really know your horse.