black hooves on white legs? - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 Old 10-27-2010, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Far From Sanity
Posts: 2,284
• Horses: 0
black hooves on white legs?

Probably a silly question,but I am curious now. When my farrier came out to trim my brindle gelding for the first time yesterday he noticed that 3 out of 4 of his white/grey legs have black hooves. He said that is really uncommon...I was just wondering if it really is uncommon and what it would be caused from?

Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?-Edgar Allen Poe
Piaffe is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 Old 10-27-2010, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Far From Sanity
Posts: 2,284
• Horses: 0
here is a pic...it is a reallllllllly terrible one,but the only one I have on this computer....you can see his three black hooves though....
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 102_0083.jpg (94.1 KB, 651 views)

Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?-Edgar Allen Poe
Piaffe is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 10-27-2010, 08:17 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,426
• Horses: 2
The legs with the black hooves probably aren't really white, just grey. It's like grey horses having black hooves, the hair may look white but the skin could be black.

"You know, for as long as I can remember, I've had memories." ~Colin Mochrie
Arksly is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 10-27-2010, 08:22 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 21,978
• Horses: 24
I have no idea what 2 colors he is a mixture of but whatever they are from gray to chestnut to palomino, all natural horse colors have black hooves on non-socked legs. Of course, with the exception of appy's with striped hooves and such. My guess is that he has a sock on the right hind and the other three are sockless but just appear to be white because of his odd coloration. In all honesty, to me, it appears that the whiter portion of him might be a very pale pali. I might be mistaken but I don't think that gray horses get so faded so quickly. He is just a yearling, right? Or is he a 2 year old, I don't remember LOL.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
smrobs is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 10-27-2010, 09:11 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: In Denial...
Posts: 1,679
• Horses: 1
A friend of mine has a flaxen chestnut gelding, and the hair on his legs fades steadily down their length, from red-chestnut above his knees to sort of a beige-y color at the coronets. Not a clear-cut sock at all, just very pale chestnut. His hooves are dark horn. Maybe part of your gelding's brindle coloration is similar? I *think* all that my friend's horse is color wise is flaxen chestnut, no panagere or anything.

I do think that the white horn hind foot on your (very handsome) little guy does have a sock, though.

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown

Last edited by Scoutrider; 10-27-2010 at 09:13 PM.
Scoutrider is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 10-27-2010, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Far From Sanity
Posts: 2,284
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
I have no idea what 2 colors he is a mixture of but whatever they are from gray to chestnut to palomino, all natural horse colors have black hooves on non-socked legs. Of course, with the exception of appy's with striped hooves and such. My guess is that he has a sock on the right hind and the other three are sockless but just appear to be white because of his odd coloration. In all honesty, to me, it appears that the whiter portion of him might be a very pale pali. I might be mistaken but I don't think that gray horses get so faded so quickly. He is just a yearling, right? Or is he a 2 year old, I don't remember LOL.
He is over 3! He is just really gangly and odd looking still.

Up close his stripe markings look beige/palominoish and then his other coat is light grey/light pali. I guess I was considering his legs white with socks...but I guess not....hmm...well...it is interesting. So if I am understanding right the hoof that IS white has a true socked leg?

Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?-Edgar Allen Poe
Piaffe is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 10-27-2010, 09:46 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 4,510
• Horses: 2
Exactly.

My great uncle owned and extremely striking Arab stallion who stood out because he greyed very young to virtually pure white but had black hooves - basically, he just didn't have any actual white markings under the grey.

White markings will always result in white horned hooves, solid legs in dark horn or a potential mixture of the two. My Arab mare had a very tiny coronet band of white, and had a white horn hoof with a stripe of black down the centre, much like an Appy.

It just means he has solid legs for three, and that one leg has an actual sock that's not super visible due to his coloration.

Link to a website showing a "white" Arab with what appears to be all four hooves dark:
Arabian horses MagicEye

Bad picture of Zena's white hoof with black stripe:




Quote:
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

MacabreMikolaj is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 10-27-2010, 10:01 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 21,978
• Horses: 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Piaffe View Post
He is over 3! He is just really gangly and odd looking still.
Sorry. I could have sworn he was younger than that LOL.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
smrobs is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 10-27-2010, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Far From Sanity
Posts: 2,284
• Horses: 0
Lol...no problem....he looks like a yearling! Poor little guy.

Thanks for all the great answers! Genetics/markings,etc confuse me...but im trying to learn! :)

Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?-Edgar Allen Poe
Piaffe is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 10-28-2010, 12:06 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 5,193
• Horses: 2
Generally it's true, white markings with pink skin will have light colored feet, and dark skinned areas will have dark feet. For instance, my gray mare has dark feet even though her legs are white, because the skin is dark there and they are not socks, just areas that have gone gray (she does have one sock). So I would say the same thing about your brindle. He has one sock and the rest are just areas that have either gone gray or are a result of his brindle color, but are not actual socks.

But, I used to own, briefly, this tobiano mare who had white legs and DARK feet. I thought it was the strangest thing. But she did have ermine marks there, so I guess that is where the dark hooves came from. But has anyone else seen tobianos with dark feet like this? They are wet in this picture, but nothing was done to color them. The hoof horn was actually dark. Kind of interesting...... or common and I just am not aware of it?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg deckafeet1.JPG (48.8 KB, 303 views)
File Type: jpg deckafeet2.JPG (68.6 KB, 358 views)
File Type: jpg deckas fire.jpg (91.9 KB, 366 views)
trailhorserider is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Black bands w/ black/white mane??? ClassicalRomantic Horse Grooming 3 09-08-2009 11:46 AM
Hooves and legs Miss Katie Horse Riding Critique 4 03-30-2009 11:29 PM
What's the saying about white hooves???? chilipaint Horse Health 3 12-26-2008 05:05 PM
White vs Dark Hooves? Horserider Horse Health 3 08-15-2008 04:09 AM
White Hooves Luv 2 Ride Horse Talk 14 07-21-2008 05:47 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome