Are Horses’ Hooves Made Out of…Cartilage?

Last Updated on August 21, 2023 by Allison Price

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TRUE or FALSE: Horse hooves are made from the same protein as human cartilage.

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ANSWER: False. Horses’ hooves are made from keratin, which is the same protein that makes human hair and fingernails.

Allison Price
Allison Price

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!