She would tell us what she believed was wrong with the horse, what she was doing and why. She would show us what needed to be done over the time period and would call to see how the animal was progressing. I liked this attitude.
Ginger Ferguson
Ferguson Horse Ranch
Hooves and Horses - An article by Stacy Elliot

When horses walk their feet mimic a hydraulic system upon every step, they pump blood back up their legs in such a way that horses should be known to have five hearts instead of one! There is a tremendous amount of blood flow that runs down both the front and the hind legs and into the horse hooves.

As each hoof hits the ground the heel lands first [on the digital cushion], this pressure causes veins to pump blood back up the leg and as arteries are compressed they are emptied. It is believed that horse with stiff digital cushions rather than soft and spongy have a denser network of blood vessels. With each step a rush of blood through these vessels helps dissipate the force that otherwise would travel through the lower leg. At a gallop the impact of the foreleg is 1,000 kilograms and the hoof wall actually expands to some degree upon impact working like a shock absorber and allowing the blood vessels to expand and then pump.

It is important to keep your horses hooves trimmed at a regular basis. If the horses toe gets to long it changes the angle of the pastern, in some cases it changes the angle so much that it restricts the circulation into the the foot. Without the ideal circulation into the foot there isn't enough blood flow to absorb the shock, in such cases horse may show lameness.

If you look at the bottom of the hoof about 3/8 “ back from the tip of the frog is a landmark known as ducketts dot. This is where the deep digital flexor tendon connects to the coffin bone. Ideally 1/3 of the hoof should be infront of ducketts dot and 2/3 behind allowing the majority of the weight bearing to be on the heel [digital cushion] helping the pumping action needed to absorb shock.

Keep your horses five hearts working properly to achieve maximum Wild Horse Power.