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post #1 of 9 Old 03-05-2014, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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A swollen, white line at the top hooves?

To anyone who could please help It's been raining on and off for a few days now, and before I have never noticed anything funny with my horse Star's hooves when it's moist or whatever. But this time, only on his two front hooves, he's got these white lines, at the top of his hooves just before his hair starts, they are slightly soft, and look swollen to me. Does anyone have any idea what they could be? Thanks soooo much I'm really worried because no foot equals no horse. I don't know how to put a photo up here, but will try
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-05-2014, 10:49 AM
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Not sure why you've never noticed it before, but it's normal in wet conditions to have the periople skin that covers the coronet band absorb moisture and take on this appearance.

Although it appears that your horse is due for a trim (hooves appear long), no worries about this "white line" you're seeing.

I found an article for you that explains it: What is that white skin growing out off the hoof?? - Welcome to Horse Info ChevalBarefoot
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I always thought of it like the cuticle on our finger nails. After a long bath or a long swim, they get soft and whiter than normal. They absorb the water and get soggy. Nothing to worry about!!
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post #4 of 9 Old 03-05-2014, 12:21 PM
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it may kind of curl up and peel off, too, in pieces.
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post #5 of 9 Old 03-05-2014, 12:24 PM
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Yep , just like a cuticle, nothing to worry about
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Ah thanks so very much for your help :) So kind of you, I'm glad it's nothing to worry about! I'm new on here so only seen your replies now, and hope this is the way to write again. Thanks :)
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Ah thanks so very much for your help :) So kind of you, I'm glad it's nothing to worry about! I'm new on here so only seen your replies now, and hope this is the way to write again. Thanks :)
Hehe! I did the same thing a few weeks after I bought my horse. She was our 1st one, we had a lot to learn! The rain moistened periopole happened to coincide with the farrier coming... so I ask him and BM/trainer/friend... they all sorta laughed and assured me nothing was wrong, it is just a normal reaction to being wet. So great when we learn something new that doesn't end up being worrisome!
Glad he is a-okay. :) And welcome :)
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post #8 of 9 Old 03-07-2014, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks GracielaGata, that really makes me feel better, glad it wasn't only me who slipped up on that one
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-07-2014, 09:03 AM
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Thanks GracielaGata, that really makes me feel better, glad it wasn't only me who slipped up on that one
Nope, not at all! :) This forum is wonderful for us owners who are still newer at it... and we are all learning anyhow... :)
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