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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.


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