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EmsTNWalkers 05-17-2013 04:47 PM

Pinki lines on foal's hooves
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I need some help with this. I have no idea if this is normal or not. My 1 1/2 month old foal has strange pink lines on his hooves. They seem to have come out of nowhere, I see him every day and just noticed them this morning (however they could have been there a day or two before but been concealed by mud). It looks rather odd to me. This is my first experience with a foal so I don't know if it is something that normally occurs. Thanks for any input! He is very healthy and active, nursing consistently and growing like a weed.

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EmsTNWalkers 05-17-2013 04:49 PM

The title should say "pink" not "pinki" hahaha

spirit88 05-17-2013 05:01 PM

Could be bruising not sure though. Sure is a cute foal love buckskins.

Cacowgirl 05-17-2013 05:26 PM

I'm not sure about the pink lines, but he does have a lot of heel-do you have a farrier coming around any time soon?

EthanQ 05-17-2013 05:37 PM

In my unprofessional opinion, it looks like bruising to me. Have a vet out. HE also does have a lot of heel.

EmsTNWalkers 05-17-2013 05:51 PM

Thanks spirit! Yes I plan on having him trimmed up asap, his hooves have grown so much already...he's just a month and a half old! I just halter broke him so I can now have it done without wrestling lol.

EmsTNWalkers 05-17-2013 07:13 PM

How would he get bruising on all 4 hooves like this?? Any ideas? If that is indeed what it is...

toto 05-17-2013 07:32 PM

looks to me like his feet are just growin quickly.. agree with him needin trimmings.

whats the mares diet?

EmsTNWalkers 05-17-2013 07:34 PM

What also baffles me is that where these pink lines are the hoof also has indented ridging. I know diet change in horses can cause ridges and all....but he isn't even 2 months old yet so he hasn't had very many diet changes other than grazing and eating bites of Mom's feed.

EmsTNWalkers 05-17-2013 07:39 PM

He is growing ridiculously fast!! The mare is on ADM Patriot JR, 6 lbs daily plus beet pulp, oats, and alfalfa pellets. That's in addition to 24/7 grazing on excellent pasture. He is literally sucking the life out of her! He eats constantly and it's a bear to keep the weight on her. She's an easy keeper too, never had an weight issues with her. She's been wormed and all that and has a beautiful shiny dappled coat. She's very healthy. He is a well made colt and requires a lot evidently!

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