Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Not softer, just sort of pushed up and away from the inner hoof capsule - think bent metal, the metal isn't softer, but the pressure on it causes it move over.
The reason I tend to agree that it is different factors affecting hoof growth rates, and not simply mental stress or illness, is because... well, I mean, something is moving that hoof wall. There isn't pressure being built up behind it in the laminae, like an abscess - and if it's not coming from inside, or the bottom from improper trimming, it can only come from infront, or the top of the hoof wall. If it were coming from the top, the hoof wall would simply grow down, and if it were from the front (not even sure how that's possible but just for science' sake) it would be a dent inward, not a ripply outward.
This would be infinitely easier to explain with playdough.