Last Updated on February 24, 2022 by Allison Price
Recently, I was part of the “Do horses have fingers?” debate. It shocked me deeply how complicated the horse structure is. Although I’m honest with you, I have never heard such statements before. However, this debate has shown me that I was living a ignorant life. To make sure you don’t feel like this in your entire life, I am here to share what I know.
Because scientists have not stated otherwise, the debate was still being fought by a few horse enthusiasts in my region. To establish our opinions, we discussed and exchanged views. Here is my response now that I am satisfied with the outcome of the debate and the statement by the scientists.
Horse Legs Fingers
It’s not a myth, but it is a fact. Horses actually have fingers. Recent research has shown that horses are blessed with fingers.
Why are horses not visible if they have fingers?
It’s not difficult to see the horse’s fingers, but we’re too busy thinking or believing they are something else. Another reason we have trouble finding the horse’s fingers is their indistinguishable human fingers. These two factors make it difficult to believe that horses have fingers.
Science backs this assertion: Horse legs are fingertips
It was a belief of people at first, but scientists began to accept it a few years later. Science now calls it fingers. There is no reason to doubt it.
Although horse legs can be considered fingers, not all four of them can be considered fingers.
Because each horse has been blessed with legs, it is impossible to call every horse’s legs the same. Horses, like all animals, also have legs.
Horses don’t have fingers for the front legs.
The front legs appear more like legs from far behind but are actually horse fingers. Even the shoulder can be felt by touching, but is not visible on the front legs.
You now know that horses have fingers. However, they are slightly different to human fingers. Each front leg has two fingers. Each horse therefore has four fingers. Let’s continue and find out what else we don’t know.
Everything You Need to Know about Horse Fingers
A shocking fact is the fact that horses can be blessed with four fingers.
The four legs aren’t called “four fingers”. Each leg has two fingers. We can combine two fingers from each leg to get four.
Horse fingers are not designed for humans to function or move like human fingers.
Although it may sound strange, horse fingers are not designed to be as flexible as humans. Horse fingers are more flexible than human fingers, but they work best for their purpose.
Horses are supported in walking by the fingers of their hands.
While humans use their fingers for eating, holding, and performing almost all functions, horses use them to stabilize walking and trotting. Their fingers are used to stabilize the body when trotting, walking, and running.
Horses have wrists, elbows and forearms.
Even more surprising is the fact that horses have the forearm as well as the wrist just like humans. The elbow is the area between the back of the front legs and the abdomen. However, what is often mistakenly called the horse’s knee is actually the wrist. Although the horse’s elbow can be moved forward, the wrist cannot. It can also move to either the side or the front.
The finger bones begin at the carpus (knees should be called wrists), and go down to the fetlock.
Horses have huge middle fingers like humans. The finger bones begin at the horse’s wrists (carpus) and go down to the fetlock joints. While the other fingers barely reach half the cannon bone (middle finger),
When the horse is young, the two-finger bones do not reach the Fetlock joint. They keep floating while the horse needs are minimal. The horse’s ability to resist sideways forces will increase as it reaches maturity.
You are not “footing” the part of the horse’s body that you were calling “foot”.
Scientists recently discovered that the foot, or hoof, in the horse’s body is actually not a foot. Instead, it’s a tough fingernail. It grows like our fingernails and must be trimmed.
Horses have thumbs, but it isn’t yet clear if they have fingers.
If the horse has an elbow and wrist, fingers and fingernails, then it may also have a thumb. The study hasn’t provided a definitive answer to whether the horse has a thumb. It is better to wait and find out the truth than to discuss it with no knowledge.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
What have horses done to their fingers?
Horses hide it in their front legs.
Is it true that horses have four fingers?
It is true, it is for the record. Scientists have now revealed that horses have two fingers in each leg.
Is horse hooves really the fingernails of horses?
Yes, horse hooves have strong fingernails and grow just like regular nails.
Are horse’s legs only fingers?
Although it’s hard to believe, horses can walk with fingernails. These are commonly called “horse feet” or “hooves”.
How do we call a horse’s legs its fingers?
Horse’s legs are called “legs” as they look very similar to hooved animals’, but their inner structure is quite different. The finger bones running down the horse’s front legs reach the fetlock joint. It’s easy to see why they are called fingers.
Are horse’s feet fingers?
The horse’s feet do not have fingers. The fingers are in the front legs. The elbow, wrist, finger bones, and finger bones are located on the front leg.
The statement that “horses have fingers”, is not a myth, but a fact. Scientists confirm that this statement is true. The horse’s finger bones begin at the horse’s knees, which are actually his wrists. They then descend to the fetlock joint. Horse’s feet, also known as the hooves, are actually hard fingernails. They grow like regular nails and require trimming.
I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!