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The Hoof Tutorial by TheNapier The Hoof Tutorial by TheNapier
The hoof tutorial I've been promising... because I think the DA-Equine community needs it. :)
I hope you all find this helpful and informative. ^^
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. :)

EDIT: Oh, and here's Krueger. He wants you to give him a goodie since he helped me explain things to you. :meow:

EDIT 2: HOLY SHIT 190 VIEWS IN A FEW HOURS WTF *dies*
EDIT 3: over... 700... views... :dead: Thanks for all the love everybody! Makes me very happy. :happycry:
LAST EDIT: Updated a bit, fixed some things. Not much difference but meh. :)

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Hoof Websites:
BareFootHorse.com
IronFreeHoof.com
TribeEquus.com
AllNaturalHorseCare.com
Nanric.com
SNH.com

Hoof Trimming On Youtube:
The Happy Hoof
Hoof Tech
Rick Gore (yes he has trimming vids)
David Lee Archer (yes he also has trimming vids)

Hoof Trimming Vids:
Founder: Killing With Kindness

Other Hoof Tuts:

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amewaalk Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow :) very interesting :) i used to have a horse with a twisted coffin bone & all the vets said that the previous owner (my friends gave her to me) would have to put her down. turns out, they just had to give her a special kind of shoe. good thing they didn't put her down.
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TheNapier Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Well it's good they didn't put her down, shame they had to shoe her though. :hmm:
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Crossheart-Inkwolf Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thx. Starting to have an obsession with horse drawing and have no idea how to draw hooves
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Quite welcome! I'm glad it helped. Welcome to the world of equine art. :giggle:
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Crossheart-Inkwolf Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Thanks! :hug:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Featured here: [link] :)
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Eeepp... I cannot believe one of my equine-art-idols has featured me. Thank you so much! :woohoo:
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:iconcrickatoo:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:eager: I adore this tutorial! And then to hear that you idolize me... :giggle: Your infinite hoof wisdom has saved my butt countless times :D
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Ahh, I'm so happy I could help you! :iconhappytearsplz: Thank you so much for the watch and the comments. :tighthug:
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IlluminatiEquine Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At the very bottom, the white part on the hoof all the way to the right makes it look like a duck or a goose with a red stripe across it's beak XD
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Lol, oh dear. x'D
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IlluminatiEquine Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XDD
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I read a book with a diagram about the front and back hooves of a horse. There was a slight difference between the two; the front hoof was more rounded and the back one was more pointed. It was really slight. Just thought you might want to know that.

Wonderful tut either way :)
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Indeed, indeed... that is quite true. Often the angle of the hoofwall on the back hooves is steep as well. :)

Thanks for the comment! ^^
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
No prob.
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
oh thank you for putting this up. i never could get hooves right ^^
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Hehe... well I made quite a few mistakes myself, but that is the gist of it. Glad I could help. :giggle:
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
i can never get hooves right, espcally like clydesdales and such. so this will really help :D
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GGThing Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Can this be applied to goats as well?
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TheNapier Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Not exactly... horse's are single-toed ungulates, and goats are even-toed ungulates, as you can see here: [link] Basically that means they have 2 toes instead of one big one. It's quite different and I'm afraid I don't know a great deal about even-toed ungulates. :meow:
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GGThing Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ok, I'll jst find a tutorial for that then. Thanks for the heads up.
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EVERYUSERNAMEISGONE Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Yay!! I'm barely screwing this up!!! :D Then again I'm with horses everyday so...
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TheNapier Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Haha, oh dear. :lmao: It does help to have good live models. :giggle:
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EVERYUSERNAMEISGONE Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Yup!! My sister has a horse, and our neighbours have 2. They're all completely different though :D
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SynBrittany Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Wow, this is great! It teaches you how a hoof should look like but it also educates on why the other forms are bad. Lovely work! :D
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it; I'm not completely happy with it but I did my best. :dummy:
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SynBrittany Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
You are welcome and you should be, not too many people can explain everything about one topic in such a flowing and easy way! :)
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TheNapier Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Daww, well once again I am flattered. :blush:
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SynBrittany Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
You should be, good work deserves praise. :)
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Nexu4 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, great work :clap: :huggle:
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TheNapier Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Daww, thank you. :tighthug:
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del-rae Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a really great tutorial. Thank you for sharing it! :D
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Quite welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :giggle:
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The-whist-hound Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Thank you :D
Been wondering about the hoof for a long time now xD
And it seem that everywhere I look there is different opinions on how it should look :P
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Quite welcome! I'm glad I could help. :giggle:
Yes indeed... and there's a lot of debate over it IRL too. Tis' ridiculous. :faint: I trim my own horse's feet, and kinda' based the 'perfect hoof' off what I've learned works best for him. :)

Anyway, thanks for the feedback! :tighthug:
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:iconthe-whist-hound:
The-whist-hound Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Np, I think perfect hoof care is something very different from horse to horse ^_^
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
But of course. =p
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freeburgfreak Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Haha, oh well, I like my long pointy hoof style. I think it might be a contributing factor in recognising my drawings. Good tutorial, but.
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TheNapier Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Whatever works. I myself prefer a very triangle hoof with basically no heel, which is also 'incorrect.' At least your not doing it blindly anymore; which is really the point of the tut. ^^

Thanks for the feedback! :)
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mapal Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I featured this in my journal because of the lack of hoof tutorials out there x3 hope that's okay: [link]
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Quite alright, I really appreciate it actually. :blush: Thanks! :)
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:iconmapal:
mapal Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no worries :3
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Jag6201 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the concept! Just one thing, your horse hooves have no heels. Poor, sore heel bulbs! D:
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TheNapier Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
*shrug* I suppose you can say that, I disagree. I think the hoof suggested at the bottom has very good heel-height. :)
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Fantaesha Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist
This is very well put together. Very nice job. You did very well explaining everything, instead of saying "Draw it like this, not like this." I like how you explained everything about the wrong kind of hooves :dummy:
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TheNapier Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Well thank you, I'm flattered. :blush: I'm really glad you found this useful! I was hoping my more in-depth explanation would pay off. :giggle:

Thanks for the feedback! :tighthug:
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Alcestia Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think this will help alot. Hooves are my bane for some reason. Thanks for making it!
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:iconthenapier:
TheNapier Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Glad I could help! And your quite welcome... hooves used to mess me up a lot too. xP
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Luluz1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awh,thanks a lot!!!This will help!:)
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