Originally Posted by The Northwest Cowgirl
The bruises are a dark purple.. Almost black!
It's really scary, and if you can't tell, i'm kind of freaking out about it...:(
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Hmm. That is scary. I have never seen one "dark" before on my own horses, just a "shade of pink". I have seen "flat land" horses I was w get dark bruises on the back of their hooves from slipping in rocky streams, though. If it is muddy, and he slipped a bit up or down hill on rock it will have the same effect. I wouldn't want to lead you astray if it is something physical, but if he is "new to rocks", I would put that on the "highly suspect" list.
Edit...didn't see the pics until just now. It looks like he does need a trim for sure. I would definitely get him one so his feet can toughen to the rocks w/o any complications.