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    01-18-2010, 09:51 PM
Hoof Question...

I think she's just bruised the sole of her hoof, but I'm not sure...she's not ouchy, not tender to poke it with a hoof pick, it's just discolored. This is her front right, and I haven't noticed anything like this on her other hooves...am I overthinking it?

Like I said, she's in no way tender on it, steps out like normal, and it doesn't affect her in any way - but I just saw it today and had to ask...anyone else ever see something like this? I'm not overly worried because it's not affecting her, but good to notice these things early and keep an eye on them...
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    01-18-2010, 10:02 PM
I have a white hoofed horse too and he gets bruised feet in the winter if the ground freezes really uneven. I wouldnt worry about it at all unless it starts to bother her.
    01-19-2010, 01:19 AM
Good on you for being pro active! Horses are generally stoic animals, who as prey animals are basically 'programmed' to ignore pain & not show gait abnormalities(which would attract attention of predators) until it is too acute to ignore. Therefore it is definitely a good idea to pay attention & not just wait for lameness as the first sign of possible problems.

Altho only having straight-on sole shots makes it difficult to gauge depth, it does appear that she has relatively flat, thin soles. Therefore stone bruises are likely & the colour may be an indication of one. If it has been there for more than a few days, I wouldn't expect it to cause a prob now, and it may just be blood in the sole horn from an old bruise - will stay pink until it gets air. If she is thin soled, I would be protecting her feet with boots or pads or such when on rough or hard surfaces tho, as stone bruises are a real cause for concern on thin soled beasties & can become painful abscesses & further problems.

My first thought on seeing the pics were 'my gosh, what huge separation/flaring at the quarters!' There is a fair bit of sep. Evident at the toe too, but particularly the quarters. The heels & bars look too long & perhaps a bit underslung too.

I suggest hoofrehab.com as a great source of info on hoof function & factors which effect health & soundness. This should give you the basic principles to work out what's wrong & what to do about it, as well as best care for avoiding issues in the first place. There are also a fair few knowledgeable people on this forum who, if you wish to send some more hoof pics & info on management, diet, etc, could give you some more specific advice if you like.

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