Caught between a Hoof and a Hard Place
Coriums get pushed, pulled and crimped – This UKNHCP event explored the equine hoof in a way you have never seen it before. Over the weekend participants were urged to consider how the horse’s coriums, sandwiched between the hoof capsule and coffin bone play a vital role in hoof growth, shape and health.
The horse is a complex, intriguing animal. During this Information Event, Paige unraveled some of this complexity in a quest to understand the horse from the ground up.
Many equine professionals involved with horses seek to understand what diagnostic tools do not show. For instance, why does the external hoof not always reflect the soundness of the horse? A comprehensive understanding of what is deep inside the hoof is critical. Without it, we are often only making assumptions.
To help farriers, hoof care providers, veterinarians and informed horse owners, Paige created a bridge between “book” anatomy and the living breathing horse. She used a variety of modalities to learn the anatomy of horses including carefully dissecting, diligently photographing and then identifying all of the structures. Attendees were enabled to visualise and understand the inter- relationship between the structures within the hoof and lower leg.
The Anatomy-of-the-Equine photos and Paige’s explanations sought to unravel some of the mystery of lameness, injuries and day-to-day care.