Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
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.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.