Originally Posted by jaydee
I'm no hoof expert but that bulging on the sole combined with bruising on the outside looks wrong to me - the two seem to be related.
My lot have shoes on for a few months of the summer as they do a lot of work on rough stony ground and some roads and they begin to get footsore - I'm someone else that finds boots more trouble than good - but I've never seen bruising like that after they get the shoes taken off
The bulge seems to protrude below the level of the rest of the sole which would make her 'rock' on to the toe when she puts her hoof down and that would cause the toe to wear
Has she maybe had bad laminitis in the past? It looks to me as if the pedal bone/coffin bone has rotated and is pushing to sole downwards at that point
Actually when I look closer the bruising is not from the nails. On the front there is some darker spots near the bottom, that is from the nails (it's almost black color), the purple color is way to high up to be from the nails and it is also on the rear hooves too, along with that bulge just not as pronounced as the front.
She did have laminitis but it wasn't bad. It was caused by the flax, which is why I can't bring myself to try it again. Vet and farrier didn't feel there was any rotation (no x-rays as they both felt it wasn't necissary). She hasn't taken a lame step since those two weeks. She gets no grain whatsoever, sugar intake is limited and she is never on pasture. I also ask my farrier about this everytime since he is the one that mentioned it in the first place. I'm going to ask my farrier about it and if he and the vet feels it's necissary we will do x-rays when he is out next month.
I just find it so hard to believe that that would be it. The buldge started this fall, (again no grass, she is on a dirt lot) and has gotten way worse the last 4 weeks. So I don't know if it was just wearing down before from all the rough riding we did?