Updated: Dec 21, 2022
A cloven hoof is a hoof which is split into two distinct segments.
The shape of a cloven hoof involves two toes which are clearly split and surrounded by hard hoof material. At Pleasant Pasture Sanctuary, our cattle and pigs fall into this category.
The toes may also be capable of some limited independent movement which we have seen a bit when the cattle walk on uneven ground - very cool.
In addition, an animal with cloven hooves may also have horns; the only animals with true horns also have cloven hooves - such as the Scottish Highland Cattle, Warren and his twin sisters (you can see Warren's cloven hooves in this photo).
Now you know!
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