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Hoof Care

Assessing Hoof Angles

Hoof expert Susan Kauffmann describes three hoof angles you should know to help keep your horse sound. Learn how to identify and assess them.

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By: Susan Kauffmann |

When assessing your horse’s feet, there are several different angles you can evaluate to help you determine how healthy they are. Understanding what angles are best for your horse’s hooves can help you identify problems and will hopefully allow you to nip any issues in the bud if they do arise. Healthy Hoof Angles One angle you want to look at is the coronet angle, also called the “hairline angle,” which you view from the side, on both front and back hooves. It is important to note that there is no one hairline angle that suits all horses, and it is a mistake to try to force all horses into an angle that is unnatural for them. Doing so can make them sore and potentially cause serious damage over time. That said, healthy hairline angles usually fall in the range of 20-30 degrees. If the hairline is less than 20…

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