Contracted Heels?
Hoof health

Contracted Heels?

Contracted Heels -- just what ARE contracted heels on a horse's hoof?  Well, basically, if the heel measurement is less than the toe measurement, t...

Bruised Hooves???
Hoof health

Bruised Hooves???

I've seen alot of inquiries lately from people who are wondering what is that weird red spot on their horse's sole?  And some showing red on the wa...

Seedy Toe
Diseases

Seedy Toe

"Seedy-toe and white line disease (WLD) are simply different names describing similar infections. Seedy toe and WLD look the same and involve the s...

More on BARS
Anatomy

More on BARS

 OK, to trim or not to trim the bars of the Equine Hoof?  That seems to be a highlighted question nowadays.  I've addressed just what the bars are ...

Why NOT to Rasp the Entire Hoofwall
trimming

Why NOT to Rasp the Entire Hoofwall

The periople lies just under the coronary band/hairline of the hoof capsule. Its role is to protect the softer new horn that is being generated to...

Where, Oh Where, is the P3?
Anatomy

Where, Oh Where, is the P3?

This is an article I wrote back in 2013 for a national publication on Equine Hooves, "The Horse's Hoof".  I thought since we've been talking about ...

The Hairline Tells It All ...
trimming

The Hairline Tells It All ...

Lyle “Bergy” Bergeleen wrote a book. It’s called, “The Hairline Tells It All”. I read it way back when it first came out and embraced it full hilt....

High-Low Hoof Syndrome
trimming

High-Low Hoof Syndrome

We hear about high-low hooves a lot. Most horses have fairly similar hooves all round. Similar in shape, size, functioning but some will have ones ...

How to Spot and Deal with Bruised Heels
trimming

How to Spot and Deal with Bruised Heels

Bruising on the heels of the hoof usually is caused by direct injury from rocks, irregular hard ground with pebbles, stones, etc. or other trauma t...

Hittin' up the Bars ...
Anatomy

Hittin' up the Bars ...

A seamless fit ... the walls to the heels to the bars. They're all connected and all have a unique assignment as to support of the horse during w...