Thought 4the day: Sometimes when horses and ponies carry too much weight it causes more problems then people realise. Some people seem to prefer over wieight ponies not realising it can cause problems for them. For example Drizzle is a 13.3hh mare who is just as wide. She has a stallions crest and some more to boot. Her back is very flat and no sight of any ribs. Her front feet are twisted and do ...not sit right on the ground and her frogs are so over grown and folded over that she cannot stand square on uneven ground. She gets breathless walking from the stable to the field. She has lost 3" around her middle since being with us but still no sight of ribs or withers. She has suffered lami in the past that has gone unseen. Don't get me wrong weight on a pony is fine as trust me i have seen the flip side where i can count every vertebrae and rib. With lami ponies we use a starvation paddock as spring is coming so watch out people as lami is coming!!!!! How do you deal with your ponies if they suffer from this?
Quote 4the day: I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted. ~ Anonymous
Fact4 the day:Anatomy of the hoof
Transitioning barefoot hoof, from below. Details: heel perioplium , bulb , frog , central groove , collateral groove , heel , bar , seat of corn , pigmented walls (external layer) , water line (inner layer) , white line , apex of frog , sole , toe , how to measure width , quarter , how to measure length
The hoof is made up by an outer part, the hoof capsule (c...omposed of various cornified specialised structures) and an inner, living part, containing soft tissues and bone. The cornified material of the hoof capsule is different in structure and properties in different parts. Dorsally, it covers, protects and supports P3 (also known as the coffin bone, pedal bone, PIII). Palmarly/plantarly, it covers and protects specialised soft tissues (tendons, ligaments, fibro-fatty and/or fibrocartilaginous tissues and cartilage). The upper, almost circular limit of the hoof capsule is the coronet (coronary band), having an angle to the ground of roughly similar magnitude in each pair of feet (i.e. fronts and backs). These angles may differ slightly from one horse to another, but not markedly. The walls originate from the coronet band. Walls are longer in the dorsal portion of the hoof (toe), intermediate in length in the lateral portion (quarter) and very short in palmar/plantar portion (heel). Heels are separated by an elastic, resilient structure named the 'frog'. In the palmar/plantar part of the foot, above the heels and the frog, there are two oval bulges named the 'bulbs'.
When viewed from the lower surface, the hoof wall's free margin encircles most of the hoof. The triangular frog occupies the center area. Lateral to the frog are two grooves, deeper in their posterior portion, named 'collateral grooves'. At the heels, the palmar/plantar portion of the walls bend inward sharply, following the external surface of collateral grooves to form the bars. The lower surface of the hoof, from the outer walls and the inner frog and bars, is covered by an exfoliating keratinised material, called the 'sole'.
Just below the coronet, the walls are covered for about an inch by a cornified, opaque 'periople' material. In the palmar/plantar part of the hoof, the periople is thicker and more rubbery over the heels, and it merges with frog material. Not all horses have the same amount of periople. Dry feet tend to lack this substance, which can be substituted with a hoof dressing.