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Re: [RC] 'fever rings' in hooves - Heidi Smith


  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?

In horses without an adequate base, I've also seen rings corresponding to
past endurance rides.

Heidi


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