White vs Dark Hooves?

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White vs Dark Hooves?

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  • Would a black horse only have black hoofs
  • Are white hooves really weaker

View Poll Results: Are dark hooves really stronger than white?
Yes dark hooves are stronger 2 25.00%
No white hooves are just as strong as dark 6 75.00%
I don't know I've never noticed 0 0%
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    08-14-2008, 01:35 PM
White vs Dark Hooves?

I noticed an argument over this subject and I was wondering if it was really true. Are white hooves really weaker than dark hooves are is that just a myth?
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    08-14-2008, 02:08 PM
It's the same exact material for the hooves...just different pigments.
Surely we don't say that white skin is softer than black skin because of the color.

There is absolutely no difference other than color.
It's entirely a myth.....it would be the same as saying brown hair is stronger than red hair or blond hair.

The only reason that white hooves are considered softer or more sensitive is that it's easier to see a bruise.
    08-14-2008, 04:23 PM
My farrier SWEARS they are the same. Dumas has black hooves and Twister has stripped hooves. She said that if they were truely different then Twister would have Vertical lines in his hooves where the 2 different types of hooves met. I laughed, she laughed, I learned something.
    08-15-2008, 05:09 AM
I've heard people say that but I've never seen any evidence of it myself. I think it depends on the horse itself eg hoof conditioning, health of horse etc, rather than the colour of the hoof.

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