Related to Periople: coronary band


n.1.(Anat.) The external smooth horny layer of the hoof of the horse and allied animals.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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When a hoof is beginning to lose moisture, the periople will become "scaly" or "chalky" in appearance.
The hoof wall is protected by the periople, a varnish-like coating that also holds moisture in the hoof (Figures 17-1 and 17-2).
It is important to note that too much pressure from the wire brush can damage the periople, which would disturb the moisture balance of the foot.