I have a digital automotive temperature gun. I havenít used it for years, lol
Ditto Boots to try and check hoof heat at the same time every day, morning being better as the horse has been at rest.
In terms of degree of warmth - my observations:
1. Every horse is different and the health of that horse plays a part.
2. Outside temperature plays a role.
3. My metabolic horses hooves were/are the most fickle (up and down temperatures).
4. If hooves are hot, then health issues may have already set in and itís time to get the vet involved. Hereís where knowing how to take digital pulse comes in handy, so one has something to tell the vet:) Cold hooves:
1.Sometimes thatís ok in any horse. Rusty, my healthy horse, has had cold hooves in the morning after a below freezing night and he didnít move around much during the night.
2. However - my lameness once told me, if hooves go three consecutive days feeling like ice, thereís a circulation problem and I needed to call him. This was when we were discussing my metabolic horses.
Toward Dukeís end time, his hooves were nearly always cold. He had strangulating lipomas and metabolic issues, so it was clear his circulation was failing him.