The Magic & Mysteries of the Equine Hoof

We’ve all heard it before—no hoof, no horse—but for many horse owners, the hoof is shrouded in mystery. To help horse owners everywhere gain a better understanding of the hoof, Julie Goodnight talks with renowned leader in equine podiatry, Dr. Barbara T. Page, DVM, on the latest episode of her podcast, Ride On with Julie Goodnight. (

“I had several ‘aha’ moments listening to Dr. Page,” says Goodnight. “I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to look at horses’ feet the same way again!”

In this episode, Page shares what inspired her career, how she applies her decades of research on feral horses to domestic horses, practical tips, and more—including the best thing horse owners can do for their horses’ hoof health and disease prevention.

Additionally, Page gives clear explanations about the structure, balance, and efficiency of the equine hoof, accompanied by illustrative photographs provided to listeners in the episode show notes. (

“The equine foot is my passion,” says Page. “For the first 13 years as a veterinarian (1977-1990), my veterinary career was diverse. Since 1990, my passion has been the foot.”

Page became the first woman to practice equine veterinary medicine in Colorado in 1977, and founded the International Foundation for Equine Podiatry Research (IFEPR) in 1994. The IFEPR focuses on continued research and innovations regarding the equine foot, as well as providing educational resources to the equine community.

“Horse owners tend to abdicate their horses’ hoof health to the farrier, but Dr. Page tells us how important it is for horse owners to stay informed and have a discerning eye,” says Goodnight.

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About Ride On with Julie Goodnight
With nearly 160,000 downloads and over 60 episodes to date, Ride On with Julie Goodnight  offers informative and entertaining topics about horse training and equestrian sports. This podcast is for every horse enthusiast, at any level. Whether listeners are brushing up on horse training skills or learning something new, each episode inspires, informs and motivates them to achieve new heights in their horsemanship. In the What the Hay? Q&A segment, Goodnight answers listener questions with candid answers and practical solutions based on her lifetime of experience with horses.

About Julie Goodnight
Goodnight is well known as the popular host and producer of Horse Master, a successful how-to TV series on handling, riding, and training horses. Goodnight travels extensively sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship with riders of all disciplines, as well as offering online training and coaching, a popular podcast, and a syndicated column on horsemanship. Goodnight is experienced with many kinds of riding—she grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, rode racehorses through college, and is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains near Salida, Colorado, and enjoy riding the trails and training cow-horses.

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High resolution photos available on request.

Hoof presentation, provided by Dr. Barbara T. Page, DVM: