Craig H. Wood

Craig H. Wood

As Interim Assistant Director of Extension for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Horticulture, Craig  provides statewide leadership and guidance in Extension programs offered through Kentucky Cooperative Extension in the three subject areas. Craig has a technical...

Common Hoof Problems

Many problems can occur within the horse’s hoof. This article addresses common hoof problems, including abcesses, cracks, sole bruises, and corns.   Abscess Abscess is an infection of the sensitive tissue of the foot. Abscesses result in varying degrees of...

Blood Pumping Mechanism of the Hoof

Blood is pumped from the heart through arteries to the hoof and is assisted in its return through a “pumping mechanism” in the hoof. This mechanism is necessary due to the position of the hoof in relation to the heart. There are no muscles in the lower leg or hoof to...

Evaluating the Hoof and Trim Job

Ensuring that a horse’s hooves are properly trimmed and balance can help to prevent lameness. This article discusses how to evaluate the hoof and how it is trimmed. To evaluate the hoof, watch the horse move, and look for limb interference and faulty movement....