Category Archives: Horse Health

No Hoof, No Horse: How does the hoof grow?

In previous articles, we discussed the external and internal structures of the hoof.  By understanding the structures of the horse's hoof, we can understand how the hoof grows.  The rate and the quality of growth, much like our own fingernails, varies and while we don't depend on our "claws" for survival,...

No Hoof, No Horse: Internal Structure

In our last article, we discussed the exterior structures of the hoof.  Today we will be discussing the internal structures of the hoof.  There are two and a half bones inside the hoof:   the Pedal bone, the Navicular bone and the bottom half of the Short Pastern bone.   

Giant Hogweed spreading in Canada

Trail riders are being warned to look out for a dangerous, invasive plant that can cause third-degree burns. The Nature Conservancy of Canada says giant hogweed is one of Canada’s most dangerous plants. The non-native plant grows up to six metres in height and has large clusters of white flowers at the top. Its clear, toxic...

No Hoof, No Horse: External Structure

The horse’s hoof is a miracle of engineering.  The off structures which operate in balance with each other to form the hoof capsule is capable of withstanding huge forces while protecting to the sensitive structures beneath.  In this article, Tack and Talk will help you understand more about the hoof, an...