Orange hooves

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What do you think? Have you seen this before?

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  1. Jacquie Wootton

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    IMG_2268.JPG IMG_2269.JPG IMG_2270.JPG My 9 yo mare has orange hooves. They have become progressively worse the last 30 days. I decided to do blood work instead of trying to guess, and save money. She has had 2 colic surgeries. One at 3yo second at 7 yo. Otherwise sound. Does seem lethargic. She is an incredible performance horse. Now being used for penning and sorting....what do you think of photos? (She is at 10 weeks from getting feet done, yes she is way too long)
     
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  2. ginster

    ginster Senior Member

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    Not sure if what you are seeing is just not showing up on my monitor but that looks like normal white hooves..
    What exactly became progressively worse?
    Is she stalled? If so, how often is her stall cleaned? Maybe what you see is staining from standing in manure and you haven't seen it before because she hasn't been this long between trims before?
    Get her feet done and bloodwork to figure out why she lethargic.
    But part from being overdue for a trim I don't see what you're seeing.
     
  3. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    Looks normal to me considering she's got striations and some brown too. Good you checked for the lethargy but unless the horse has white socks and no brown in their hooves, they're going to be very similar. Even if they do, they're not going to be "white".
     
  4. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member

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    If you have clay soil, you get orange hooves.
     
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    slc Senior Member

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    Your poll doesn't allow for 'normal'. So it looks like no one is voting.
     
  6. RelaxMax

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    Looks fine to me. Probably your dirt.
     
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  7. Jacquie Wootton

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  8. Jacquie Wootton

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    Thank you for your input. Her stalls are clean, it doesn't have to do with her needing to de trimmed. The sort isn't clay or red. After cleaning hooves, they are orange. I did just figure (with help of farrier) that I did purchase a different Sr Feed about 6 weeks ago. This is when the hooves started to look orange and progress to a darker orange . Farrier just left, there is a thin line of orange. Blood tests will show for sure. But, I have a feeling there is something in that feed she is possibly allergic to. Or an imbalance of
    Mineral was caused by the feed, to cause the discoloration.
     
  9. CessBee

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    If it had been diet related, you'd expect it to be orange coming down in a band, not all over the hoof, seeing as the hoof grows from the top and once it's grown, nothing in your diet is really going to affect the hoof.

    6 weeks isn't really enough to see a change in hoof wall from diet.
     
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  10. horseingreyflannelsuit

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    Either the bedding or shampoo your using is staining the hooves or there is an optical illusion being created from the lights in the barn.
     
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