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What Do Horn Tubules Do?

Although farriers know that horn tubules play an important role in hoof wall structure, this article provides a deeper understanding of it
The equine hoof wall has a complex tubular structure, which extends across the stratum medium. In a healthy hoof, the tubules are straight, parallel to each other and descend at the same angle as the hoof capsule. On the bearing border surface of a trimmed hoof, they can be seen as a pattern of rings. Our human skin is an epidermal structure like the hoof, and yet skin does not have horn tubules within it. This article sets out to answer the simple question of why horn tubules exist within the hoof wall.
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Steve Wisnieski

Unorthodox Approach Succeeds in White Line Case

Size and weight of affected Percheron led to emphasis on providing support
Samson is a 6-year-old Percheron gelding. He stands approximately 17.2 hands and weighs about 1,700 lbs. Prior to this incident of white line disease (WLD), he had been a perfectly healthy horse and had been under my care as both a trainer and farrier.
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No Single Cause For White Line Disease

An in-depth look by a British farrier at the research findings has shed new light on those factors that need to be in place prior to the start of a white line disease infection
White line disease is a biodegradative disease that starts adjacent to the white line and works its way toward the outer portion of the stratum medium.
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