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post #1 of 4 Old 04-10-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Sole sloughing off

Itís been really dry here for a couple of months. Then this weekend we got 3-4 inches of rain, and the pastures are still pretty damp. Teddyís sole appears to be sloughing off. When I picked his hooves today, his soles, which is usually gray and hard, were white and soft. I inadvertently dug the hoof pick into it and some came out (although it didnít seem to hurt him). Is this something that is expected? Also, could it make him a little ouchy? He was very reluctant to move out when I rode him today, although he didnít seem to be limping or anything.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-11-2019, 01:39 AM
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It's the time of year here when the horse sheds their winter hoof. I think it's part of the seasonality of how hooves grow. Sure the rain can affect it. Both my horses have sole flaking off, softening and coming off right on it's own.
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Yeah, esp if it's been dry for some time, the horse may have built up a lot of dead sole without any wearing away, then when there's a wet spell, often comes away in chunks. No worries in removing whatever comes away with a pick. But yes, be it due to less protection, if layers are removed, or wet, soft feet, they can be a little tender after it's removed. Should be very minorly so though, or else something is wrong.
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