Trivia Challenge: Egg Bars & Coronet Bands

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1. An ‘egg bar’ is a type of equine

A) bit.

B) shoe.

C) breakfast.

2. This is a dreaded hoof condition.

A) wobbles

B) founder

C) rain rot

3. The ‘white line’ is found in a horse’s

A) mouth.

B) cecum.

C) hoof.

4. Where is the coronet band?

A) where the hoof meets the pastern

B) where the neck meets the withers

C) at a circle of muscles around the poll

HOW’D YOU DO? (Answers below.)

1. B is correct. An egg bar is simply an oval-shaped horseshoe, with no opening in the back as in an ordinary horseshoe. An egg bar shoe provides support to the back of the foot and is frequently used for therapeutic purposes.

2. B is correct. Founder is often used interchangeably with laminitis, although the latter is the more descriptive medical term, denoting inflammation of the lamina, which attaches the hoof capsule to the coffin bone.

3. C is correct. The white line of the foot exists between your horse’s hoof wall and his sole. You can see it by looking for the whitish area that runs along the inner edge of the hoof wall on the sole of your horse’s foot. Damage to the white line can allow fungus or bacteria to invade and separate the layers of the hoof wall.

4. A is correct. The coronet or coronary band is where the hairline of your horse’s pastern meets the top of his hoof capsule. The coronet band enables continuous growth of the hoof over your horse’s lifetime.

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