• hoof
  • The hoof drying apparatus is portable and specifically designed, but is not limited to, drying hooves for the purposes of: hoof wall repair, preparation for medication for hoof diseases and preparation of the hoof for application of hoof dressings and hoof shoes. (google.com)
  • A horse hoof is a structure surrounding the distal phalanx of the 3rd digit (digit III of the basic pentadactyl limb of vertebrates, evolved into a single weight-bearing digit in equids) of each of the four limbs of Equus species, which is covered by complex soft tissue and keratinised (cornified) structures. (wikipedia.org)
  • 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. (wikipedia.org)
  • The phrase "no hoof, no horse" underlines how much the health and the strength of the hoof is crucial for horse soundness. (wikipedia.org)
  • On the other hand, some hoof diseases and conditions such as navicular disease, puncture wounds, and laminitis may develop undiscovered for a period of time. (equimed.com)
  • When the sole is bruised because of improper shoeing or hoof trimming, or by rocks or other foreign objects, the horse may become lame. (equimed.com)
  • Hoof injury and disease have ended the careers and lives of many champion horses. (equimed.com)
  • ground
  • Intermittent lameness that gets worse over time and a toe that is worn away from hitting the ground are early signs of navicular disease which usually affects the front feet. (equimed.com)
  • The disease starts at ground level and works its way up to the white line to the coronary band. (equimed.com)
  • feet
  • Signs include a horse that walks as though on egg shells, shifts weight to the rear feet, is resistant to walking, wants to lie down much of the time. (equimed.com)