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NordicJuniper 11-28-2010 02:44 AM

Odd Hooves
I saw a thread a while back about hoove coloring on horses. I know that horses with white leg markings usually will have light hooves on the legs that are marked and dark hooves on the others.

Well Junior has really odd hooves indeed. I took pictures of the front and back to show them off.

I am aware he has a crack in his hoof, it doesn't hinder him and we are trying to fix it.

CessBee 11-28-2010 02:59 AM

My TB mare also has the same striping on her hooves. So did my old TB mare. And my lovely old boy Iceman had them too, he was an arab cross.

All my best horses have had stripey hooves unless they had a sock then it was cream like your boys one is

luvs2ride1979 11-28-2010 09:16 AM

If you keep his feet trimmed more frequently, and trim the area under the crack shorter, so it has less contact with the ground, it will grow out better.

Striped feet usually coinside with Sabino, IME, or Appy genes. Does your boy have any other white markings or roaning? His sock looks a bit "sabino-esque".

MaggiStar 11-28-2010 09:54 AM

Stripey hooves are a characterisitc of the arab.
My girl has 3stripey hoves

mbender 11-28-2010 10:23 AM

You know, nothing to do with the stripes, but my mare had a slight crack started and my farrier rasped a groove right above the crack and it stopped the crack from going any further up. It eventually grew out. I have an arab and I didn't really see if she has stripes on her hooves. Guess I'll be looking again.
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smrobs 11-28-2010 12:00 PM

I think it's more of a sorrel thing. My guy Rafe (BelgianxQH) has the same striped hooves on the front and so does his Belgian momma. My old guy Flash also has it and he's a registered QH.

NordicJuniper 11-28-2010 01:32 PM

The only other white marking he has is a snip and a very very very tiny star. I just found it odd that he has three striped hooves despite not having ermine spots or anything to explain it really.

Oh and he is a Thoroughbred. His lines are Thoroughbred for five generations that I know of.

CheyAut 11-29-2010 07:58 AM

Not unusual at all on chestnut horses.

CharliGirl 11-29-2010 12:00 PM

I have never seen striped hooves like that on a TB before. Your guy's feet are nearly identical my appy gelding Kubie--I think they look really cool! :D

My pinto arab pony has big, thick black stripes on his hooves...his legs are all completely white, so I'm not sure how that happened.

CessBee 11-29-2010 04:05 PM

Not just a chestnut thing. My Old boy Ice was a grey, he was part arab crossed with who knows what.
And my other TB mare was black and she had them, I wonder if I can find a picture of her hooves.

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