As you may know, my sisters and I grew up at a riding school and our dad always tried to impart his words of wisdom to us. One thing he used to say is," No hoof, no horse!" That shows you how important the horse's hooves (his feet). Our dad was never eager to buy a horse with small feet and narrow heels. He told us that hooves built in such a manner were prone to problems , like contracted heels (heels too close together). This condition often required corrective shoeing because of lameness. Our dad preferred horses with nice, round feet because he believed that type of foot would be an indication of soundness. If I remember correctly, he used to call a horse with round feet "platter-footed."
You may also know what the frog does for a horse, if you read my blog titled, "Does every frog jump around?" You might have read about how to care for a horse's hoof. But I didn't mention that you should be sure to apply a good hoof dressing to your horse's hooves. This will encourage healthy hoof growth. You would start applying the hoof conditioner close at the top of the hoof, which is called the "coronary band," because this is where the hoof growth begins.
Now you know a little more about how to keep your horse happy and healthy.