Hoof Anatomy

This page shows the basic external hoof anatomy with all the landmarks clearly labeled. These photos will help you visualize everything inside of the horse's hoof, understand the relationship between the parts and learn to read the clues the hooves have to offer.

Horses hooves are amazing structures. By just observing the feet, you can learn a lot about the horse. You can see evidence of his conformation and how he moves by the way that his feet grow and wear. General health and the horse's environment will also leave tell tale signs on his hooves.

Good Hoof Photo
  1. Hoof Wall
  2. Toe
  3. Quarter
  4. Heel
  5. Periople at the heel
  6. Heel Bulb
  7. Coronary Band
  8. Periople
Sole of the Equine Hoof
  1. Frog
  2. Bar
  3. Sole
  4. White Line
  5. Wall
  6. Heel Bulb

To learn more about hoof and lower leg anatomy visit the other pages on our website. We also have a handy Distal Limb Pocket Guide that is a fantastic learning/teaching resource. Click here for more info.

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