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The purpose of this lecture series is to provide individuals access to basic information regarding the horse's foot. These lectures were originally part of courses taught to first and second year veterinary students and graduate students at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.
Each lecture included has been adapted from existing lectures and will be updated as new data becomes available. Lectures are organized by topics: anatomy, conformation, biomechanics, growth and metabolism, circulation, and pathologies. Within each topic, the initial lecture will focus on the necessary basic information and then proceed to lectures of increasing depth of material and narrower focus. Submission of questions and comments regarding the lecture materials is encouraged.
The following is an outline of the Lectures and their content.
Anatomy of the hoof wall
Structure of the laminar interface
Anatomy of the submural dermis
Anatomy of the foot axial core
Anatomy of the dermis
Anatomy of the digital cushion
Introduction to conformation:
Geometry of the hoof capsule
Principles of foot conformation
Introduction to foot biomechanics:
Foot landing patterns and ground reaction forces
Material properties of the foot components
Displacement of the hoof capsule during loading
Displacement of the distal phalanx during loading
Circulation to the foot of the horse
Anatomy of the digital circulation
Physiology of the circulation in foot biomechanics
Nutritional role of foot circulation
Control of the digital circulation
Growth and metabolism of the hoof wall
Architecture of hoof wall growth
Cornification and differentation of hoof capsular epithelium
Hydration of the hoof wall
Pathologies of the foot
Structural defects of the hoof capsule
Metabolic and nutritional disease
White line disease
Thrush and canker
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