Are Horses’ Hooves Made Out of…Cartilage?

What is the protein that horses’ hooves are made of? What in our own bodies is made of this same protein? Answer our Just-for-Fun Trivia question.

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TRUE OR FALSE: Horses’ hooves are made of the same protein that forms human cartilage.

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ANSWER: False. Horses’ hooves are made of keratin, the same protein that forms human hair and fingernails.

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