Why is it important to know the anatomy of the hoof?
"The need for shoeing is dependent on the type of feet that the horse has, ad the type of work being done - shoes can provide traction and also protect feet from excessive wear and tear." -Sammie
"The hooves should be picked out on a daily basis to check for rocks and manure." -Jamie
"If you have questions about hooves, a farrier is an expert on a horses' feet." -Maddie
"Laminitis is a disease in which the hoof gets inflamed. All of the horses' weight presses down on the pedal bone, or the coffin bone. Hooves attach to the pedal bone with a layer of tissue called the lamina. Laminitis is caused when the lamina gets inflamed." -Tommy
Laminitis can be caused by:
"To help prevent Laminitis, schedule regular visits with a farrier. This person helps trim the horses' hooves. Check your horses' feet daily for rocks, anything dangerous, or dirt. When picking a horses' hoof, pick from the bar to the toe. Pay attention to your horses' hooves. If you think something may be wrong, call your farrier." -Emma
"Pay attention to the white line that follows the inner edge of the hoof. It should be even in width and color. It should be cream colored or a bit yellowish, not entirely white. This shows that the lamina is in good shape." -Sammie
The photo below is the project the kids worked on- we took hoof imprints from Bullet (One of Rocking LT Ranch's horses), poured plaster, and everyone labelled the parts of the hooves after painting their imprints.
Pedigo, Jayne. "Equine Anatomy - The Hoof." 01 01 2015. Equus Magazine. 21 12 2015 <http://equusmagazine.com/article/equinehoof070697-10334>.