I was just wondering if I could get some advice on hoof health advice from some awesome people!
I have a 6 year old mare who has bumps on her hoof walls. I know a healthy hoof should be smooth on the hoof wall and these bumps cause me to worry of course!! They aren't super noticeable but if you run your hand on her hoof wall you can feel some of the bumps. They aren't huge bumps (pretty small) and they run horizontally across her hoof walls.
As well she has a bump on her soles that runs along the toe area (but they aren't right at the toe almost in the middle between the hoof wall and frog), when I push on it she doesn't react or show any pain. So could this just be the sole growing out?
Me being the worry wart that I am, I instantly think laminitis and worry! But she doesn't have a laminitic stance, she doesn't show any pain when handling her feet and she doesn't show lameness or tripping at any gaits. She stands correct with her legs set under her where they should be. But I have noticed that she tends to rest her back legs more then her front. She rests both back feet about the same amount. But she doesn't have any issues standing on all four (she shows no signs of pain or distress).
I should also mention she is on a grass and hay diet (she is allowed to graze for a while during the days but she also receives hay in her diet as well)
I am having the farrier out in the next week or so and I will discuss everything with him, but I wanted some advice/tips/info before. Should I be worrying about the bumps on her hoof walls? I have heard things like they could be stress bumps or grass bumps? I am not sure what those are exactly cause I've only heard them mentioned.
Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!!! :)