Horse Anatomy: Pastern

Approximately 60% of the weight of a horse is carried on his forward limbs. During locomotion, the forelimbs must be able to take a significant amount of pounding. The pastern functions as a shock absorber. As the weight of a horse comes down on his forehand, the pastern flexes, dropping the fetlock. The pastern slants… Read More Horse Anatomy: Pastern

Horse Anatomy & Health: the Barefoot Horse

A “barefoot” horse is a horse that has no shoes nailed to the bottom of its hoof. There is considerable merit being given to the theory that horses should not wear shoes. Given that the frog is meant to act as a shock absorber and the necessity for the hoof itself to expand and contract… Read More Horse Anatomy & Health: the Barefoot Horse