Taking Good Hoof & Body Pictures

If you need advice on your horses feet, the best communication tool is a digital camera. The only way busy professionals and knowledgable list participants can help you is if you post good pictures and include a link to the pictures in your email so that they can get to them with one click.

Here are the basics

  • Take pictures from the ground perspective holding the camera 12 to 18 inches from the hoof.
  • Use the "flower" setting on your camera.
  • Clean the hooves well with a wire brush is necessary.
  • Stand the hoof to be photographed on a board, mats or concrete and fill the frame for a full-screen photo.
  • Make sure the ambient light is good, the hoof should either be completely in the shadow or out of it.
  • Turn your camera flash off; a flash makes it hard to see depth of field.
  • Hoof shots need to be clear enough to show details like wall height and sole concavity.
  • Take the Lateral (side) picture with the lens of the camera looking directly at the side of the hoof.
  • Take extra pictures of areas of critical concern if it helps document a particular problem, including pictures of old injuries or scars
  • Review the pictures critically to make sure they are clear and focused. If you can't see details on the hoof, get better pictures.

Body Shots are important because they show how your horse stands when he/she is relaxed. Don't try to "square up" the horse but ask them to stand on all four legs.

If the horse has a dull coat and tail, include close up pictures of those as well.

The better your pictures are, the more help we can be. I suggest that people take all of the pictures of the front left first, then move to the front right, rear right and finally rear left. It helps keep us organized!





Photograph Film X-Rays To Make A Digital Copy

The key to taking photos of X-rays is to get light behind the X-ray. Best way is to go to your vet's office and obtain permission to mount your X-ray on his viewer and take a picture with a digital camera. You can also tape the radiograph to a window