I purchased Angel in June from a person I know well. He had her for over 3 years. Neither of us has put any type of dressing or coloring on her hooves. I will ask my farrier if he put anything on her feet. I helped him on the last trimming, so I know he did not put any type of substance on her feet. Since I am new to horses (about 9 months), I really don't know a normal hoof from an abnormal hoof.
Thank all of you for your information. I will spend a little more time caring for her hooves especially during the winter months.
Loosie and Trinity already have links to where you can learn the basic -what is good and what is not good. The more hooves you look at the easier it will be to catch something brewing. One time last year, the farrier went 'poof' and disappeared. I wasn't paying attention to her hooves other than how long they were getting before I realized he was not coming back. By the time another farrier got to her, a rear hoof heel- end frog was eaten away and shredded by thrush! Nasty and my fault. Some of it was pretty deep. I was so embarrassed , esp coming from me who is so hoof obsessed.
You'll do fine. I never knew what WLD was till my horse got it.