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See more than 150 structures of the equine hoof in 3D.

"The Hoof Explorer helps me to get a better understanding of the spatial relations between all structures of an equine hoof."

Lauren Moore
Bachelor of Equine Science, Student of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leipzig

Stratum Lamellatum

Secondary Epidermal lamellae

Vascular System

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Horse Trainer, Richmond, Massachusetts, USA

English Latin German
median artery Arteria mediana Medianarterie
palmar branch of median artery Ramus palmaris arteriae medianae Palmarast der Medianarterie
superficial palmar branch of median artery Ramus superficialis rami palmaris arteriae medianae oberflächlicher Palmarast der Medianarterie
deep palmar branch of median artery Ramus profundus rami palmaris rami medianae tiefer Palmarast der Medianarterie
radial artery Arteria radialis Speichenarterie
anastomotic branch of the radial artery with the dorsal metacarpal artery II Ramus anastomoticus arteriae metacarpea dorsali II arteriae radialis Verbindungsast der Speichenarterie mit der dorsalen Mittelhandknochenarterie II
deep palmar branch of radial artery Ramus palmaris profundus arteriae radialis tiefer Palmarast der Speichenarterie
superficial palmar branch of radial artery Ramus palmaris superficialis arteriae radialis oberflächlicher Palmarast der Speichenarterie
deep palmar venous arch Arcus palmaris profundus tiefer Palmarbogen
superficial palmar venous arch Arcus palmaris superficialis oberflächlicher Palmarbogen
dorsal metacarpal artery II Arteria metacarpea dorsalis II dorsale Metakarpalarterie II
dorsal metacarpal artery III Arteria metacarpea dorsalis III dorsale Metakarpalarterie III
anastomotic branch of the radial artery with the dorsal metacarpal artery III Ramus anastomoticus cum arteriae metacarpea dorsali III Verbindungsast des Palmarastes der Medianarterie mit der dorsalen Mittelhandknochenarterie III
distal perforating branch Ramus perforans distalis distaler, perforierender Ast
palmar metacarpal artery II Arteria metacarpea palmaris II palmare Metakarpalarterie II
palmar metacarpal artery III Arteria metacarpea palmaris III palmare Metakarpalarterie III
palmar common digital artery II Arteria digitalis palmaris communis II gemeinsame, palmare Zehenarterie II
palmar common digital artery III Arteria digitalis palmaris communis III gemeinsame, palmare Zehenarterie III
medial palmar digital artery Arteria digitalis palmaris medialis mediale Zehenarterie (Zehenseitenarterie)
lateral palmar digital artery Arteria digitalis palmaris lateralis laterale Zehenarterie (Zehenseitenarterie)
dorsal arterial branch of first phalanx Ramus dorsalis phalangis proximalis dorsaler Fesselbeinarterienast
palmar arterial branch of first phalanx Ramus palmaris phalangis proximalis palmarer Fesselbeinarterienast
dorsal arterial branch of second phalanx Ramus dorsalis phalangis mediae dorsaler Kronbeinarterienast
palmar arterial branch of second phalanx Ramus palmaris phalangis mediae palmarer Kronbeinarterienast
dorsal arterial branch of third phalanx Ramus dorsalis phalangis distalis dorsaler Hufbeinarterienast
palmar arterial branch of third phalanx Ramus palmaris phalangis distalis palmarer Hufbeinarterienast
bulbar artery (artery of the digital cushion) Arteria tori digitalis Ballenarterie (Zehenballenarterie)
coronal artery Arteria coronalis Kronarterie (Kronpolsterarterie)
terminal arch Arcus terminalis Endbogen (Terminalbogen)
proximal nutrical arteries Arteriae nutriciae proximales proximale Strahlbeinarterien
distal nutrical arteries Arteriae nutriciae distales distale Strahlbeinarterien
solar marginal artery Arteria marginis solearis Sohlenrandarterie
proximal sesamoid bones Ossa sesamoidea proximalia (Sesama bina) Sesambeine, Gleichbeine des Fesselgelenks
fourth metacarpal bone (Mc IV) lateral splint bone
second metacarpal bone (Mc II) medial splint bone Os metacarpale secundum (Mc II) mediales Griffelbein, medialer Mittelhandknochen
third metacarpal bone (Mc III) Os metacarpale tertium (Mc III) Röhrbein, Mittelhandknochen, Metakarpus
first phalanx Os compedale Fesselbein
second phalanx Os coronale Kronbein
distal sesamoid bone Os sesamoideum distale Strahlbein
third phalanx Os ungulare Hufbein
medial cartilage of third phalanx Cartilago ungularis medialis medialer Hufknorpel
common digital extensor muscle Musculus extensor digitalis communis gemeinsamer Zehenstrecker
lateral digital extensor muscle Musculus extensor digitalis lateralis seitlicher Zehenstrecker
superficial digital flexor muscle Musculus flexor digitalis superficialis oberflächlicher Zehenbeuger
deep digital flexor muscle Musculus flexor digitalis profundus tiefer Zehenbeuger
middle interosseus muscle Musculus interosseus medius mittlerer Zwischenknochenmuskel
lateral collateral ligament Ligamentum collaterale laterale laterales Seitenband
medial collateral ligament Ligamentum collaterale mediale mediales Seitenband
metacarpal intersesamoidean ligament Ligamentum metacarpo-intersesamoideum Röhrbein-Zwischensesambeinband
palmar ligament intersesamoidean ligament Ligamentum palmare Ligamentum intersesamoideum Zwischensesambeinband
lateral collateral sesamoidean ligament Ligamentum sesamoideum collaterale laterale laterales Sesambeinseitenband
medial collateral sesamoidean ligament Ligamentum sesamoideum collaterale mediale mediales Sesambeinseitenband
straight sesamoidean ligament Ligamentum sesamoideum rectum gerades Sesambeinseitenband
lateral oblique sesamoidean ligament Ligamentum sesamoideum obliquum laterale laterales, schiefes Sesambeinband
medial oblique sesamoidean ligaments Ligamentum sesamoideum obliquum mediale mediales, schiefes Sesambeinband
lateral cruciate sesamoidean ligament Ligamentum sesamoideum cruciatum laterale laterales, gekreuztes Sesambeinband
medial cruciate sesamoidean ligament Ligamentum sesamoideum cruciatum mediale mediales, gekreuztes Sesambeinband
lateral short sesamoidean ligament Ligamentum sesamoideum cruciatum mediale mediales, gekreuztes Sesambeinband
lateral short sesamoidean ligament Ligamentum sesamoideum brevium laterale laterales, kurzes Sesambeinband
medial short sesamoidean ligament Ligamentum sesamoideum brevium mediale mediales, kurzes Sesambeinband
lateral accessory ligament Ligamentum accessorium laterale laterales Unterstützungsband
medial accessory ligament Ligamentum accessorium mediale mediales Unterstützungsband
lateral collateral ligament Ligamentum collaterale laterale laterales Seitenband
medial collateral ligament Ligamentum collaterale mediale mediales Seitenband
lateral palmar abaxial ligament Ligamentum palmare abaxiale laterale laterales, abaxiales Palmarband
medial palmar abaxial ligament Ligamentum palmare abaxiale mediale mediales, abaxiales Palmarband
lateral palmar axial ligament Ligamentum palmare axiale laterale laterales, axiales Palmarband
medial palmar axial ligament Ligamentum palmare axiale mediale mediales, axiales Palmarband
lateral collateral ligament Ligamentum collaterale laterale laterales Seitenband
medial collateral ligament Ligamentum collaterale mediale mediales Seitenband
distal sesamoidean ligament Ligamentum sesamoideum distale impar Strahlbein-Hufbein-Band
lateral collateral sesamoidean ligament Ligamenta sesamoideum collaterale laterale laterale Fesselbein-Strahlbein-Hufbein-Bänder
medial collateral sesamoidean ligament Ligamenta sesamoideum collaterale mediale mediale Fesselbein-Strahlbein-Hufbein-Bänder
lateral chondroungulocompedal ligament Ligamentum chondroungulocompedale laterale laterales Hufknorpel-Hufbein-Fesselbein-Band
medial chondroungulocompedal ligament Ligamentum chondroungulocompedale mediale mediales Hufknorpel-Hufbein-Fesselbein-Band
lateral chondrocoronal ligament Ligamentum chondrocoronale laterale laterales Hufknorpel-Kronbein-Band
medial chondrocoronal ligament Ligamentum chondrocoronale mediale mediales Hufknorpel-Kronbein-Band
lateral collateral chondroungular ligament Ligamentum chondroungulare collaterale laterale laterales Hufknorpel-Hufbein-Seitenband
medial collateral chondroungular ligament Ligamentum chondroungulare collaterale mediale mediales Hufknorpel-Hufbein-Seitenband
lateral chondrosesamoid ligament Ligamentum chondrosesamoideum laterale laterales Hufknorpel-Strahlbein-Band
medial chondrosesamoid ligament Ligamentum chondrosesamoideum mediale mediales Hufknorpel-Strahlbein-Band
lateral cruciate chondroungular ligament Ligamentum chondroungulare cruciatum laterale laterales, gekreuztes Hufknorpelband
medial cruciate chondroungular ligament Ligamentum chondroungulare cruciatum mediale mediales, gekreuztes Hufknorpelband
lateral chondropulvine ligament Ligamentum chondropulvinale laterale laterales Hufknorpel-Hufkissen-Band
medial chondropulvine ligament Ligamentum chondropulvinale mediale mediales Hufknorpel-Hufkissen-Band
palmar annular ligament of fetlock Ligamentum anulare palmare Fesselringband
proximal digital annular ligament Pars cruciformis fasciae manus vierzipflige Fesselplatte
distal digital annular ligament Ligamentum anulare digiti Sohlenbinde
middle scutum Scutum mediale mittleres Gleitlager
distal scutum Scutum distale distales Gleitlager
common palmar digital nerve III Nervus digitalis palmaris communis III gemeinsamer palmarer Zehennerv III
common palmar digital nerve II Nervus digitalis palmaris communis II gemeinsamer palmarer Zehennerv II
communicating branch Ramus communicans Verbindungsast
lateral palmar digital nerve Nervus digitalis palmaris lateralis lateraler palmarer Zehennerv
dorsal branch of lateral palmar digital nerve Ramus dorsalis nervi digitalis palmaris lateralis dorsaler Ast des lateralen, palmaren Zehennerven
lateral ungular torus branch Ramus tori ungulae lateralis lateraler Hufballenast
medial palmar digital nerve Nervus digitalis palmaris mediales medialer palmarer Zehennerv
dorsal branch of medial palmar digital nerve Ramus dorsalis nervi digitalis palmaris mediales dorsaler Ast des medialen, palmaren Zehennerven
medial ungular torus branch Ramus tori ungulae medialis medialer Hufballenast
caudal cutaneous nerve of forearm Nervus cutaneus antebrachii caudalis kaudaler Hautnerv des Unterarms
dorsal branch of ulnar nerve Ramus dorsalis nervi ulnaris dorsaler Ast des Ellenbogennerv
deep branch of palmar branch of ulnar nerve Ramus profundus rami palmaris nervus ulnaris tiefer Ast des palmaren Astes des Ellenbogennervs
superficial branch of palmar branch of ulnar nerve Ramus superficialis rami palmaris nervus ulnaris oberflächlicher Ast des palmaren Astes des Ellenbogennervs
medial palmar metacarpal nerve Nervus metacarpeus palmaris II medialis medialer palmarer Mittelhandknochennerv
lateral palmar metacarpal nerve Nervus metacarpeus palmaris III lateralis lateraler palmarer Mittelhandknochennerv
accessory cephalic vein Vena cephalica accessoria Zusätzliche Kopfvene
solear marginal vein Vena marginis solearis Sohlenrandvene
coronary plexus Plexus coronarius Krongeflecht (Kronnetz)
parietal plexus Plexus parietalis Wandgeflecht (Wandnetz)
solear plexus Plexus solearis Sohlengeflecht (Sohlennetz)
palmar plexus Plexus palmaris Palmargeflecht (Palmarnetz)
terminal arch Arcus terminalis Endbogen (Terminalbogen)
medial palmar digital vein Vena digitalis palmaris medialis mediale Zehenvene (mediale Zehenseitenvene)
lateral palmar digital vein Vena digitalis palmaris lateralis laterale Zehenvene (laterale Zehenseitenvene)
dorsal venous branch of third phalanx Ramus dorsalis phalangis distalis dorsaler Hufbeinvenenast
palmar venous branch of third phalanx Ramus palmaris phalangis distalis palmarer Hufbeinvenenast
dorsal venous branch of second phalanx Ramus dorsalis phalangis mediae dorsaler Kronbeinvenenast
palmar venous branch of second phalanx Ramus palmaris phalangis mediae palmarer Kronbeinvenenast
coronal vein Vena coronalis Kronbeinvene
dorsal venous branch of first phalanx Ramus dorsalis phalangis proximalis dorsaler Fesselbeinvenenast
palmar venous branch of first phalanx Ramus palmaris phalangis proximalis palmarer Fesselbeinvenenast
bulbar vein (vein of the digital cushion) Vena tori digitalis Ballenvene (Zehenballenvene)
deep palmar arch Arcus palmaris profundus tiefer Palmarbogen
palmar metacarpal vein II Vena metacarpea palmaris II palmare Metakarpalvene II
palmar metacarpal vein III Vena metacarpea palmaris III palmare Metakarpalvene III
palmar common digital vein II Vena digitalis palmaris communis II Gemeinsame palmare Zehenvene II
palmar common digital vein III Vena digitalis palmaris communis III Gemeinsame palmare Zehenvene III
radial vein Vena radialis Speichenvene
superficial palmar branch of radial vein Ramus palmaris superficialis venae radialis oberflächlicher Palmarast der Speichenvene
deep palmar branch of radial vein Ramus palmaris profundus venae radialis tiefer Palmarast der Speichenvene
palmar branch of median vein Ramus palmaris venae medianae Palmarast der Medianvene
superficial palmar branch of median vein Ramus superficialis palmaris venae medianae oberflächlicher Palmarast der Medianvene
deep palmar branch of median vein Ramus profundus palmaris venae medianae tiefer Palmarast der Medianvene
vein of ergot Vena calcaris Spornvene
border zone ? Grenzzone
proximal nutrical veins Venea nutriciae proximalis proximale Strahlbeinvenen
distal nutrical veins Venea nutriciae distalis distale Strahlbeinvenen
digital cushion ? Strahlpolster

"The Hoof Explorer opens new doors to understanding the horse’s foot and it does it in a spectacular "high tech" way that does not require high tech skills."

Fran Jurga
Hoofcare Publishing and Media, Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA, www.hoofblog.com

At the moment only Windows and Mac OS X are supported.
Currently there is no version of the Unity Web Player for Unix-like operating systems.

For Windows the following versions are supported:

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or newer
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or newer
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1

For Mac OS X the following versions are supported:

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or newer

For more information, see Requirements Unity Web Player.

For Windows the following browsers are supported:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera

For Mac OS X the following browsers are supported:

  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Chrome

However, it may work on other browsers as well.

For more information, see Requirements Unity Web Player.

At the moment it is not possible to launch the Hoof Explorer from Android or iOS. However, we are working on a version which will support Android tablets and iPads.
No. Unfortunately the Unity Web Player only supports Windows and Mac OS X at the moment. Because of that we are also working on a Google Native Client version which will run under Chrome in Unix-like operating systems. Once finished it will be available in the Chrome Web Store.
The Unity Web Player is a browser plugin required for the Hoof Explorer to launch.
The installation of the Unity Web Player is a straight-forward process and takes less than a minute.
You can also download and install the plugin from http://unity3d.com/webplayer
For the application to be run inside your browser, Javascript must be enabled. This can be done in the browser's settings page.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4 GHz or better
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Video Card: 256 MB ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or better, 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics
  • DirectX Version: DirectX® 9.0c

Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: 2 GHz Quad Core CPU or better
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Video Card: 1 GB ATI Radeon HD 4800 series or better, 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 series or better
  • DirectX Version: DirectX® 11
If the app starts for the first time or if there is an updated model of the horse hoof, the application needs to download the latest model, during which you see the running application without the hoof model. The download progress is shown on the bottom left. Depending on your internet connection, this may take from a few seconds to more than a minute, however the next time the Hoof Explorer is started via the website, the model is already cached and does not have to be downloaded again.
Soon we will provide an offline version of the Hoof Explorer for desktops. This version will contain more functions than the web application and will be available in our new web shop. A relevant version running on mobile devices will follow later. Regardless of this, the online version remains free of charge.
At the moment there is no version of the Hoof Explorer for purchase. However different versions will be available later in our new web shop. If you cannot wait for the web shop, please send us your request directly via the contact form.
Besides different versions of the app an assortment of high quality renderings (graphics and animations) will expand our specific Hoof Explorer product portfolio in the new web shop. If you cannot wait for the web shop, please send us your request directly via the contact form.
Until now you can choose English, German and Spanish for the user interface as well as Latin for the antomical terms (look for the icon in the toolbox). Further languages will be included in later updates.
The anatomical structures are labelled in Latin, English and German. If you are an expert of hoof anatomy and able to translate all indications into your language, you are welcome to help broaden the range of applicable languages for all users. Please contact us and get acknowledged on hoofexplorer.com.