This morning my mare got her feet trimmed by the farrier. It had been 6 weeks since her last trim and since I will be away the next 2-3 weeks when the farrier usually comes to my barn, I had her done a little early. After he had trimmed her, he said she had some toe bruising on her front two feet. He had me take a look, it didn't look too terrible, but it was some slight reddish coloring at her toe, by her white line. He told me it was no big deal, just to keep an eye on it.
This is my first horse and I don't know much about farriery or bruising and was wondering if there's anything I should look out for (besides obviously lameness) or anything I can do to help her out?
As a small history... She's a Percheron/Cleveland Bay/TB cross so she's a bit thick and drafty. She had front shoes on for several years, but we had them taken off in September after I moved her up to school with me and she started living outside 24/7. I was afraid she would pull off the shoes being outside all the time and the farrier had said she had a good, strong, hard hoof that would be fine without shoes. He also said this bruising could be just her still getting used to being barefoot. If that's the case, should I replace her shoes? Or will she get used to it and the bruising will go away?
Thanks for any help you can give. I did try to ask my farrier several of these questions, but my mare was kind of being a jerk about standing (not from the pain though, the horses in her paddock were fed while she was inside, and she was NOT happy about it!) so I had to put her back out and then when I came back he was very busy with another troublesome horse.