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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Favorite Photo: Proof That Elephants Are Smarter Than Horses When It's Time for Hoofcare

Why won't a horse do this for its farrier? An elephant offers its foot to a handler for cleaning at Taronga Wesern Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia. Giraffes are also being taught to cooperate willingly for preventative footcare inspections and trimming at zoos around the world. The Hoof Blog has a series of zoo photos of hooved mammals being trimmed or treated that we'll be sharing with you. This one was taken by equestrian photographer Caroline Wardrop, who more typically would have a horse photo on the blog!

The inner hoof wall captured in a unique microscopic view from coffin bone to periople at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Equine Foot Laboratory by Dr Lisa Lancaster. Enlightening! Order yours via PayPal today!

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