I need some help with this. I have no idea if this is normal or not. My 1 1/2 month old foal has strange pink lines on his hooves. They seem to have come out of nowhere, I see him every day and just noticed them this morning (however they could have been there a day or two before but been concealed by mud). It looks rather odd to me. This is my first experience with a foal so I don't know if it is something that normally occurs. Thanks for any input! He is very healthy and active, nursing consistently and growing like a weed.
Thanks spirit! Yes I plan on having him trimmed up asap, his hooves have grown so much already...he's just a month and a half old! I just halter broke him so I can now have it done without wrestling lol.
What also baffles me is that where these pink lines are the hoof also has indented ridging. I know diet change in horses can cause ridges and all....but he isn't even 2 months old yet so he hasn't had very many diet changes other than grazing and eating bites of Mom's feed.
He is growing ridiculously fast!! The mare is on ADM Patriot JR, 6 lbs daily plus beet pulp, oats, and alfalfa pellets. That's in addition to 24/7 grazing on excellent pasture. He is literally sucking the life out of her! He eats constantly and it's a bear to keep the weight on her. She's an easy keeper too, never had an weight issues with her. She's been wormed and all that and has a beautiful shiny dappled coat. She's very healthy. He is a well made colt and requires a lot evidently!