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Laminae

Where do the laminae fit in? You can imagine that there is a lot of pressure on a horse’s feet because of the way it stands on ‘tip toe’. One of the ways horses legs are able to cope with this situation is by having sensitive and insensitive laminae layers which fix the toe in position inside the hoof. Microscopically these layers both look like corregated cardboard and fit firmly together to give great strength. The insensitive laminae are part of the hoof wall and sensitive laminae are made up of blood  vessels and nerves which are bound to the soft tissue and the ‘toe bone’ beneath. In this way the bone of the foot is firmly attached to the tough hoof wall.