This is the beginning of a series of tutorial articles. It’s taken me a while to complete them as I wrote them in the order that happened to interest me at the time instead of an order that would make sense. I started with a lengthy article about the mechanics of the lower leg, but had to work backwards to explain safety, basic tools and their use, and now anatomy.

When talking about anatomy, I try to be as specific as possible. This tends to lead to lot of a technical terms, some commonly known and some not-so-common. And a few not-so-technical. I’m fond of the word “feetsies” instead of hooves. It embarrasses my farrier.

The following illustration includes both. You may want to refer back to this for future tutorials.