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[RC] 'fever rings' in hooves - A. Perez

 Shortly after buying my horse I had his shoes pulled,
and the farrier pointed out horizontal ridges in his hooves and 
suggested he had been sick at some point.  I contacted his 
prior owner who had owned him for 7 years, and she said he had 
never been sick that she knew of.  I then checked the hooves of 
the other horses where he is field-boarded, and saw similar 
ridges on most of them.  Could it be that field-boarded horses 
have a more variable diet due to seasonal changes in pasturage 
and temperature (as well as fluctuations due to drought/rain 
variability year to year), which result in changes in the rate 
of hoof growth?  

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