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post #1 of 5 Old 02-11-2013, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof bruises...

I'm pretty sure I know what to think about this -that it's nothing to worry about- but I wanted to check with the experts.

I trimmed Lacey's hooves again on Friday, as is my usual routine, and spent some time on her back hooves (usually I do her fronts a bit every week and touch up her backs every 2-3 weeks) this time.
Anyway, while I was rasping her backs, I discovered that both of them had some bruising and one had pink/redness nearly all the way around the hoof (white hooves so it was easy to see)!
In one spot, it almost looked like I had hit blood, it was that red. I hadn't hit 'blood' at all but I had a moment of panic!

I should have gotten a picture but it slipped my mind at the time.

If this hoof that I'm trimming off now is hoof from 8 or so months ago, that would line right up with when I got a new farrier last spring who let Miss L's hooves get alllll out of sync. Her back hooves took the brunt of the out of sync-ness (she was starting to constantly interfere with herself in a side to side manner) so I'm not really surprised that there is extensive bruising...
I just want to make sure that it's "normal"!

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It is visible in white hooves. Hence, it occurs more often than is "visible", b/c it won't show up on black hooves as well. Many things can cause it. However, if you think back and really review what she did "then", it might help. This has occured on my mare (white hooves) when she went from soft ground to ridden on hard ground (extremely hard, i.e., solid rock). My mistake. It appeared as "blush rings" on the outer hoof wall below the coronet. I called the vet. It was nothing to get excited about. And, when the rings grew out to the point I rasped them off, it did look like I hit blood. However, there are several other less "benign" causes. Maybe some of the experts will chime in with the "other things".
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Hi, yes, it is lamellar stress, either due to mechanics - ie damage due to long walls/shoes pounding hard ground, or due to a metabolic or some such upset causing a laminitic 'event'. If it's right the way round the hoof capsule, I think it's more likely a metabolic(or such) 'event'.

If it's a single narrow line right around & there's nothing above, you're most likely right that it is a 'been & gone' type thing, happened months ago & is still pink/bloody when you trim because it hasn't been open to the air until now.

I have seen blood in the white line that has come from recent 'assault' - ie leverage on long toes, where they've been well managed before. It doesn't *necessarily* have to have come from all the way up the top, but can be from tearing of the sensitive laminae down low.
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Hmmmm, interesting loosie!!
I have been half encouraging her back hooves (which have always been really ridiculously upright - almost like 2 club hooves, but I've asked different people and they apparently are not clubbed...) to go a more normal hoof-shape direction... And part of that is that she now has more toe in the the back than she ever did before (I'm not leaving toe, it's just working out that way)...

I wonder if it's MY fault.
Since there is that correlation, would it be best if I just let her hooves do their thing and get "upright" again? Her hoof angles finally match her pastern angles back there, but maybe that's not what she wants...

But it could also be the other farrier, the stuff that's growing our right now lines up exactly with when he was trimming her and she was constantly kicking herself and interfering in the back. Her legs were a bloody mess back there for quite a while.

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Hind feet 'should' be a bit steeper than fronts, but they should still be balanced in relation to the sole plane. Can't really say any more than that specifically without pics at least
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