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post #1 of 9 Old 11-28-2011, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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what could cause the outside of the hoof to turn purple?

I was at the barn yesterday and was talking to one of the boarders about her horse's feet. Her horse has four white feet, and on the outside of the hoof(is this called the wall?) there are purple blotches that look almost like bruises. I have seen bruising of the frog and the underside of the hoof, but never anything on the outside like this one has. She said it only happens during the winter when its cold. The horse does not appear sore and has front shoes on.
Just wondering what could cause this?
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-28-2011, 08:26 AM
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Guys correct me if I'm wrong...

But I'd say its bruising to be honest!
It may be the horse has knocked herself and the change in temp has made her hooves more sensitive but scrapes and bumps, hence the purple coloured bruises.
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-28-2011, 08:59 PM
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Yep, bruises. Probably exacerbated by the hard, frozen ground.

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post #4 of 9 Old 11-28-2011, 10:21 PM
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Casey gets them all the time, even in summer, I don't worry about it. She does have pretty soft hooves to though, and I would agree with the bruising. Casey does hit her hooves together occasionally due to being pigeon toes.

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post #5 of 9 Old 11-28-2011, 11:36 PM
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Even horses with black hooves get this, you just can't see it. Bruises.
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Thanks for the info. She was a little worried about it, so its nice to know they are probably just from the hard ground. The bruises are much larger than the ones in the photo posted and take up about a quarter to half of the outside of the hoof. Could this possible be cause by too small shoes or going too long between trimmings? I know he's slightly overdue for a trim and was wondering if this could be contributing to it?
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I do not recall from when my horses wore shoes that bruises were that big. I would be wondering about that as well. Slightly overdue, probably not but if the shoe is smaller than it should be, maybe.. We need a farrier's opinion on this. Could you get pics of the hoof.. Side, rear, sole views?

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Could be from pawing while eating or drinking, banging the coronary band on boards or water tub. The bruise in the coronary band grows down and usually doesn't show up till it gets an inch or so down. Sometimes there's enough trauma to open up a horizontal split. They also don't show until they get about an inch below the hairline.....That's my theory anyway
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The farrier is comming out this week to pull the front shoes off for the winter. I cannot get a picture as its not my horse (I don't feel comfortable posting pictures of other boarders horses online). I will try to find a picture somewhere on the internet that looks similar though.
There are a lot of rocks in the paddock, so maybe he's clipping his feet on them as he's walking?
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