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Re: [RC] 'fever rings' in hooves - Jackie Winkleman

My horse gets them after endurance rides.  On one
occasion she even abcessed and I didn't even notice
her being lame.  I was told by both the farrier and
vets that some horses are more tolerant to pain and
don't appear to be lame.  Mostly she just gets the
rings around her hooves.  They both said that the
rings are just stress.  Can be just from the ride,
change of feed, etc.

I am trying to keep everything exactly the same and
see if I can get her to quit getting them.

--- "A. Perez" <walkergirl@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
  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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