Wednesday, 27 November 2013


I've abandoned technology and started the glossary off with good old fashioned paper and ink as it was faster and easier :-)
You can click on it to get a larger version on your screen.

On this photo, medial is on the right and lateral on the left as its a sole shot of a left front foot (you can see the other leg in the bottom RH corner) but of course if the photo were a sole shot of a RF these would be reversed.
When describing a front foot, palmar means towards the back, dorsal towards the front. Sometimes the term "caudal" (towards the tail) is also used to describe the back of the foot but technically "caudal" should be used for the body, not the feet (the opposite of caudal is cranial - towards the head).

Just to add to the confusion, things change again with hind feet where the term "plantar" is used instead of "palmar"...Clear as mud!


Hannah said...

This is great Nic, thank you. And it immediately makes me want to ask for more!
I'd be really interested in an annotated photo/s of a DISSECTED hoof - always wanted to establish position and purpose of digital cushion, for example, and a get a more 'behind the scenes' look at all the structures and the way they work and interact :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. We pick up some terms over the years but its good to be reminded of the basics and have them clearly described. Ill print out the pics to save!

Anonymous said...

I think of dorsal as top - helps me remember.

A way to remember:

Palmar = hand (horse front feet).

Plantar = plantar's warts! on human feet (horse hind feet).

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Medial, I think of 'middle', as in towards the horse's belly to help me remember medial vs lateral :)

Nic Barker said...

Great tips from you guys :-)

cptrayes said...

Grand, thanks. I love your writing!


Nic Barker said...

Thanks C :-)