What do the sensitive and insensitive laminae do in the horse's hoof?

The insensitive laminae and the sensitive laminae intermesh together to hold the hoof wall to the coffin bone. The sensitive laminae are filled with nerves and blood vessels that help support the horse’s lower leg and hoof.

Laminitis, an inflammation of the laminae, results from the disruption of blood flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae within the foot. When this occurs, the union between the hoof and the laminae can separate, and in severe cases the coffin bone can …

What is the difference, if anything, between a "dish" foot and a "club" foot?

Clubbed foot is a flexural deformity of the coffin joint resulting in a raised heel. The foot will initially exhibit a bulge at the coronary band, and the heels will have a contracted appearance to them. In addition, the hoof wall fails to expand when it comes in contact with the ground, resulting in the loss of flexibility in the soft tissue surrounding the coffin joint. The hoof wall at the toe develops a dished appearance, and the tip of …

Is equine thrush of the hoof contagious to other horses?

Thrush is an anaerobic bacteria that is not contagious.
The best control for thrush is proper sanitation. Be sure that the horse’s hooves are cleaned daily and that the stall is cleaned daily with removal of wet spots and manure. If the horse is kept in a run-in shed, the area should be cleaned weekly to help minimize the buildup of organic matter. Copper Tox and Thrushbuster work well for treating thrush. Iodine-based products, such as Povidone, are also very …