What the hell am I looking at?! That’s exactly what everyone is probably thinking right now. This needs a million double takes, because it honestly looks utterly strange.
In all seriousness, this is what a foal’s hooves looks like just a few minutes after birth.
Those who work with horses say it feels soft and squishy (ew). Nature has an odd but beautiful way of working things out.
This soft looking rubber layer is called the deciduous hoof capsule, and it protects the mother’s uterus and birth canal from the sharp edges of the hooves during pregnancy and birth. Crazy huh?!
image credit / Fraley Equine Podiatry’s Facebook page
In the video below of a foal being born, you can catch a few glimpses of exactly what the pictures above show… (if you’re a little squeamish, I’d probably pass on the video)
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