Bailey is a registered APHA buckskin baby. She is 6 months old. I have three other horses and have had horses off and on all my life. While working with Bailey today, I noticed these marks on her hooves. She has never been shod (obviously) and when I look at the bottom of her feet, I cannot find any injuries or damage to the soles of her feet. Most of the marks look like red "pokes" for lack of a better term. In one of these spots the hoof has broken off. I have read about abscesses but I have been very lucky throughout my horse owning career and never had a horse with hoof problems. Could these be abscessed areas? If so, is it common for such a young horse to get them? And is it something that she will continue to have throughout her life?
These markings are on both of her front feet but only one has the broken area. And it doesn't matter what it is or how long she will have to deal with it, I just want to know what it is and how to help her.
Thanks everyone in advance!