Horse Hoof And Leg Anatomy: A Guided Tour


Be able to visualize the skeletal anatomy of the lower leg and hoof of the horse. Develop an understanding of the causes of equine lameness and methods of treatment

By Scott Duggan

Merck Veterinary Manual

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The Merck Manuals, is a series of books for human and animal health care professionals and for the general public. As a service to the community, the content of The Manuals is available free of charge in enhanced online versions. The online versions are updated periodically with new information and contain illustrations and audio and video material not present in the print versions.

Introduction to Housing for Horses

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This publication reviews the basic needs of the horse and discusses the management considerations important to the horse’s comfort and health that need to be met to keep your horse at your home, or board it elsewhere. References providing more detailed information are listed at the end of the article.



This page is designed for the horse owner. Topics in this collection include: Management, breeds, reproduction, foaling, nutrition, health, and other equine resources.

Solar-Powered Livestock Watering Systems

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Because of falling prices, long life, and low maintenance requirements, solar is rapidly becoming the first choice for pumping water in remote locations. This publication gives an introduction to solar-powered livestock-watering systems, including discussions of cost, components, and terminology, as well as some suggestions for designing and installing these systems. The strengths and weaknesses of solar pumping are compared to the main options for pumping in remote locations: mechanical windmills, wind turbines, and portable generators powered by gas, propane, or diesel fuel. Design considerations for freeze protection in water-pumping systems are also discussed. Descriptions of four successful projects and a brief resource list are included.

Integrated Parasite Management for Livestock

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Internal parasites can be a major problem for producers. With parasites developing resistance to all dewormers and more farmers producing livestock by 'natural' methods, there is interest in looking for alternative ways to managing parasite problems. Management is the most important thing to consider. The whole system affects internal parasites. Nutrition and pasture management can help prevent problems by improving the health of the animals. There are soil organisms that kill or prevent the development of internal parasites. Strategic deworming means planning the timing when deworming is done. This can also be an important part of any management scheme. Little is known about the effectiveness of any alternative dewormer. Changes will have to be done slowly while observing their outcome.

The Horse

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This resources offers a vast selection of equine publications, products, and services. Topics such as horse care, diseases and conditions, nutrition, hoof care, lameness, farm and barn, breeding and reproduction, vet and professional, and more.

Animal Science: Horses

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The basic nutritional management for horses should be the same, whether you are feeding a horse to win a 4-H show, a competitive trail ride, or the Kentucky Derby. The ultimate goal in feeding should be to have a healthy horse able to perform in the desired manner.

Feeding Alternatives for Horses

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A balanced ration for horses should provide nutrients required for body maintenance, growth, reproduction, and work. These nutrients include carbohydrates and fats (energy), protein, vitamins, minerals, and water. Rations will vary with the needs of the horse taking into account there level of activity or production.

How to Feed a Horse: Understanding the Basic Principles of Horse Nutrition

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How do you properly feed a horse? With so many feed, supplement and hay choices available, many people find themselves wondering exactly what their horse needs for good health and nutrition. Many horse-feeding opinions and myths make deciding what to feed even more difficult. The law requires commercial horse feed manufacturers to put information concerning their feed on a "feed tag," which is either attached to or printed directly on the bag. This tag provides essential information on what the horse will be eating. However, most horse owners either don?t understand or don?t take the time to read this information. This publication explains your horse?s nutritional needs, common guidelines to observe when feeding your horse and how to determine if your horse?s nutritional requirements are being met.