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hoof

(ho͝of, ho͞of)
n. pl. hooves (ho͝ovz, ho͞ovz) or hoofs
a. The horny sheath covering the toes or lower part of the foot of a mammal of the orders Perissodactyla and Artiodactyla, such as a horse, ox, or deer.
b. The foot of such an animal, especially a horse.
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hoof

a horny casing of the toe produced by hardened epidermal cuticle (keratin), found particularly in UNGULATES.
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Trimming should begin by cleaning the hoof with the hoof pick. Make sure to draw the pick from the heel toward the toe.
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