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post #1 of 9 Old 08-31-2012, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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I wanna know any and everything people know about Hoof Wall bruising because a horse I JUST started to work with has bruising on All four feet. The owners are thinking of selling him and if so, I sure people who wish to buy him later on will inquire about his hooves.

This is just one hoof(below):
I'm worried because I thought it could mean abscesses, or possibly him being unwell physically. Any information will be helpful. Even sites with excellent information would be extremely helpful.

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Subbing because I'm interested as well...my mare has one white foot and always seems to have a bruise on the wall as well, but she's never lame! So interested in more info!
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Hi,

Basically I wouldn't be worried about that sort of bruising. It could be due to a range of things, explained in the links below. I would however be concerned about the ripply appearance(of which the bruise could be a symptom) and the long but underrun heels.

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Subbing because I'm interested as well...my mare has one white foot and always seems to have a bruise on the wall
It's just that you can't see the bruising on the other feet, but it's pretty obvious on unpigmented walls. I think that's probably where the myth about white hooves being weaker came from.
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It's just that you can't see the bruising on the other feet, but it's pretty obvious on unpigmented walls. I think that's probably where the myth about white hooves being weaker came from.
Makes sense...well I figure if it ain't broke don't fix it! She's never lame, so I won't worry about it!

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Her heels are very long. That is one of the things that cause bruising. I have seen it in Biscuit's hoof that is white. A few barefoot trimming sessions should get her back in good shape but you will never stop all bruising - just as you yourself will never stop banging your shins on something!!

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Makes sense...well I figure if it ain't broke don't fix it! She's never lame, so I won't worry about it!
That's not what I said. I suggest you read those links I gave OP. Wall bruises can be due to 'accidents' such as the horse bashing it's hoof or such, which I wouldn't worry about, but they can be symptoms of problems such as hoof imbalance, LGL, etc, so particularly if your horse 'always seems to have bruising', I'd be looking to correct the cause.
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That's not what I said. I suggest you read those links I gave OP. Wall bruises can be due to 'accidents' such as the horse bashing it's hoof or such, which I wouldn't worry about, but they can be symptoms of problems such as hoof imbalance, LGL, etc, so particularly if your horse 'always seems to have bruising', I'd be looking to correct the cause.
Ok sorry I read your first post about not worrying about the bruising but checking into the ridges (which my mare doesn't have), sorry to confuse!

I'm going to go read the links about bruising anyway though just to learn some additional info about them, thanks for posting!
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This happened to my mare, in rings. It scared me to death. She had been on pasture for a while. She has always been barefoot, and before she was pastured she had been on rocky terrain since she was a filly and generally had "short feet". Off of pasture she went on sand, where I also worked her. Then, the first time I rode her on hard surfaces after she was off soft ground the rings appeared. The vet said b/c she has white feet such bruises are visible vs black feet, and that it was due to being off of the hard terrain and then back on it when she was due for a trim. I didn't put her back on rocky ground until she had a trim and only went for short rides to "make sure". It has not happened again.

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