Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hoof

Beadle Lake Large Animal Clinic added 2 new photos.
 indicate changes within the foot.
2) Hoof Wall: made primarily of keratin, the same as our finger nails. Growth of the hoof wall begins at the coronary band and extends downward, approximately ¼ inch per month. The way the hoof wall grows can reflect the changes in your horse’s health, as seen by changes in the ring pattern.
3) Toe; 4) Quarter
5) Heel: an important area of the hoof wall that can be slow to grow in some horses, developing into the ‘long toe, low heel’ foot conformation, which can place stress on internal structures.
6) Heel Bulb; 7) Pastern
8) Frog: a dynamic structure that expands and contracts during phases of the stride and aids in shock absorption and circulation.
9) White Line: the junction between inner and outer hoof wall.
10) Sole: protects the coffin bone from the ground. Sole depth can be measured on radiographs and should be at least 1 centimeter. A thin sole can contribute to sole bruising, abscess formation, and even cause changes to the coffin bone itself.


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