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post #11 of 20 Old 05-17-2013, 08:14 PM
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I don't know what to say about that.. my opinion-- the one closest to the camera almost looks like its the start of a club- the way the pasterns is and all.. and the pink looks like bunching/ pinching from flare.. not to scare you- could be that he needs a trim.

id like to see what the others have to say about it.

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post #12 of 20 Old 05-17-2013, 08:20 PM
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I bet those lines in his hooves are from when he was born. You know like a change in feed causes a ripple in the feet.......but in this case it was being born and not a metabolic issue.

That would be my guess. But I'm just a layman.
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I believe that line is his foal hoof growing out (they are soft when they are born to avoid hurting the mare) and his "real" hoof growing in. I have never had them trimmed this young, so I have no recommendation on that.

He is SO beautiful!!

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I believe that line is his foal hoof growing out (they are soft when they are born to avoid hurting the mare) and his "real" hoof growing in. I have never had them trimmed this young, so I have no recommendation on that.

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Yes. This pink is noticeable on every foal with light hooves that I've seen, and I've never had to put a rasp to a foal till nearly one.
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post #15 of 20 Old 05-17-2013, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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He isn't clubbed, I see what you mean though. The angle makes it look like he could be.

Thanks for all the input y'all! I really appreciate it.

So should I have him trimmed?? I was planning to at least have his toe shaped up as it is flaking some. I can have his heel cut down also if it should be.
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And thank you Nancy! I just love him to pieces.
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I wouldn't worry about the lines unless he starts showing signs of lameness. My yearling filly with 4 white feet sometimes gets those pink lines...though they don't come with changes in hoof shape or indentations or anything.

As for the shape, yep, he needs a trim...badly. While some foals can get away with not being trimmed if they have good legs and are on terrain that keep the hoof worn down, a hoof that grows improperly can cause leg issues. A hoof left too long the way his is growing can become a clubbed foot. Hooves that grow unbalanced can predispose a horse to arthritis and such by putting stress on young, growing joints.

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I wouldn't worry about the lines unless he starts showing signs of lameness. My yearling filly with 4 white feet sometimes gets those pink lines...though they don't come with changes in hoof shape or indentations or anything.

As for the shape, yep, he needs a trim...badly. While some foals can get away with not being trimmed if they have good legs and are on terrain that keep the hoof worn down, a hoof that grows improperly can cause leg issues. A hoof left too long the way his is growing can become a clubbed foot. Hooves that grow unbalanced can predispose a horse to arthritis and such by putting stress on young, growing joints.

Yikes! Thanks, I will definitely get him a full trim then.
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Make sure your farrier has experience doing babies. They can present different challenges than an older horse.

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post #20 of 20 Old 05-18-2013, 12:57 AM
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Seems like an odd fever ring! Whatever it is, it's part of his foal hoof and will disappear once the solid adult hoof comes in. I work on a race horse breeding farm and we get lots of rings on those foal's hooves that never caused problems. We do start filing their hooves very young though because leg conformation can be corrected early (toeing in or out) with a good farrier.
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