Horses with 4 white legs?

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by Pamandhorses247, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Pamandhorses247

    Pamandhorses247 Full Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2011
    Messages:
    279
    Likes Received:
    7
    Hi everyone!
    So my dad is CONVINCED that any horse with 4 white legs has soft feet/hooves. I don't think hes right but he could be. If you guys could help me out with the correct information and facts, that would be awesome! So please let me know!
    Thanks :)
     






  2. APHAPtHA

    APHAPtHA Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,561
    Likes Received:
    396
    People have told me this to so I asked my farrier. I never believed it to start with and he said its not true! Interested to see what others think!
     
  3. LippittMorgans7

    LippittMorgans7 Senior Member+

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Messages:
    2,205
    Likes Received:
    1,048
    It's an old wives tale. ;)
     
    2 people like this.
  4. TheBombDotCom

    TheBombDotCom Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2010
    Messages:
    3,363
    Likes Received:
    754
    I've heard that about white HOOVES not legs.... My horse has 4 white legs.
     
  5. Alpha App

    Alpha App Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Messages:
    2,739
    Likes Received:
    1,903
    Old wives tail.

    My appy has 2 white and 2 black hooves and he's NEVER had any hoof/leg problems.

    My rocky mtn/pinto has 4 white legs and his rear hooves wear unevenly-but that's due to his confo, NOT hooves.

    My shetland has 4 black hooves and is the only one out of the bunch who has thrush problems!
     
  6. ASM

    ASM Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Messages:
    980
    Likes Received:
    482
    Well if they have 4 white legs they should have 4 white hooves. :p

    It isn't true; I don't know the history behind how the story came to be.
     
  7. ElizabethM

    ElizabethM Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,052
    Likes Received:
    175
    Old wives tale. There is an old saying, something about one white leg buy him, two white legs try him, three white legs deny him, 4 white legs is something about sending him for glue... don't quite remember it, but just a silly superstition.
     
  8. Ambrose

    Ambrose Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2009
    Messages:
    4,355
    Likes Received:
    2,736
    Not true. :)
     
  9. horseflyer

    horseflyer Full Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2011
    Messages:
    130
    Likes Received:
    39
    I agree with all previous statements above. My current mare has 4 pink hooves and every farrier I have had out to trim her feet have commented on how tuff her feet are and I have always kept her barefoot and never had any problem with chipping or cracking. Even when trail riding her.
     
  10. meljean

    meljean Senior Member+

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2006
    Messages:
    10,908
    Likes Received:
    20,099
    This has its basis in centuries gone by, when horses were used daily, for everything. Roads were not paved, so not only were work horses in mud but so were the carriage and riding horses. Towns particularly were bad on the streets as the streets spent quite a bit of time muddy. Horses, being in the mud so much more then, would see a difference in the white versus black hooves, whether they were shod or not. Stalls were many times deep in manure and dirty straw and mud.

    And the great majority of the horses then, were operating on minimal feed, sparse grazing, and worm loads too. Vetting did not have CBC's then, much less anything else we take for granted now. So would stand to reason may have shown up in the white feet first, hence the saying 1 white foot buy him, 2 white feet try him, 3 white feet deny him, 4 white feet and white on the nose? Knock him in the head and feed him to the crows.
     
    1 person likes this.






Share This Page