Last week I noticed some bruising on 2 of Blaze's feet, one front and one hind. He's not tender when I press on the spots nor is he limping at all. I'm sure it's from all the walking around he has to do on snow/ice, and he probably had some snow packed into his hooves multiple times.
I DO have a call in to the farrier, but he hasn't gotten back to my BO about when he's coming out. He needs a trim, but I also wanted an opinion on the bruising.
Because I haven't dealt with this before, I haven't been riding him since I discovered them.
The coloring on both bruised hooves has turned a more brown color now, which, if I attribute it to human healing, means it's getting better. Should I continue not riding him? I've been doing a lot of easy groundwork (no lunging) but I do miss riding him.
If he's not limping, warm, moving uneasily or sensitive to applied pressure, I would keep riding. Some horses are more tolerant than others to this sort of thing. He has a nice looking foot; probably why he doesn't mind. We all get bumps and bruises, but we can carry on.
As you say, he is due for a trim -- his heels and bars need doing for sure. But his foot is uniform, concave, decent frog. Though I would leave more toe callous on him. Now if I could have some of those heels for my girl we'd both be set!
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