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

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.

It isn't really a matter of being "tolerant to pain"--it is actually a
matter of some horses simply having tougher tissues there that don't become
inflamed from the stress and concussion, and some not being that way.  You
can improve the situation with work, but some horses are just naturally more
resilient than others.  The majority of horses do not get these rings from
rides--but I've seen enough horses such as you describe to agree with your
vet and farrier that they come from the rides.


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