Redness in the white line (hoof)

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by Talkingshell, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Talkingshell

    Talkingshell Well-known Member

    Just asking you guys...perhaps if there is a farrier or barefoot trimmer here that may be able to explain!

    I noticed that my boy has redness in the whitle that is sign that he has mild laminitis? From getting too much of fresh green lucerne hay?

    Even he isn't sore or anything at all...but I have now changed to much older lucerne hay (more of shedded) instead of fresh ones.
  2. Jacky Y

    Jacky Y New Member

    Red white lines

    Its highly likely that the rich lucerne hay is causing the redness in the white lines. How much condition is your horse carrying and how much exercise is he doing as well. Mild laminitis is quite common as we tend to feed our horses a diet too high in sugars. The require a high fibre diet and a good balance of minerals and heaps of movement to keep a balance in their lives.
  3. jonty

    jonty Well-known Member

    I would say it is a bruise of some sort! My horse has three white hoofs and today noticed he has two spots on one hoof bruised from burning around in his rocky paddock....thats my guess without seeing any photos!
  4. Talkingshell

    Talkingshell Well-known Member

    This is my first initial thought it was most likely it's coming from nice fresh rich lucerne hay. Whereas before he was being fed on grassy or shedded lucerne.

    He only started getting the yummy fresh green about 6 weeks ago, that probably explains it. I have cut it out and switched for the shedded ones to Cullen's disgusted look LOL

    Cullen is probably in about just right condition...not skinny or too fat, and he is in spelling after coming home from the breaker (was in for 7 weeks), did lost some condition though!

    I just panciked because I don't want to have to go through with it again, as my other horse who was PTS (he had chronic laminitis and was 18yo). I managed him for nearly 4 years. I would rather to have a horse that isn't a good doer which Cullen is unfortunately.:eek:

    Maybe...but it's most unlikely as we don't have rocks in our's flat grassy paddocks. He has 4 black hooves. Cullen has faint red colour in his white line in the toe area on both front feet when the farrier was doing his feet trimming. The farrier said it was coming from too rich feed, so he is probably right and said it isn't all that concerned but said to cut it out.
  5. sleeknstylish

    sleeknstylish Well-known Member

    It may still be bruising. You dont need rocks to get the 'bruised' redness in the white line.

    If the hoof has been left to grow too long in between trims, the long toe will cause
    bruising, which can generally be rasped down, back to white again.

    If you believe your farrier has trimmed enough off, and rasped down enough, and you can still see blood/bruising, maybe think of lamnitis.

    (on the opposite side of the spectrum, if the farrier had trimmed to far down, there certainly will be blood lol)

    There should be some tell tale signs of stretched fibres in the white line if the laminitis is there?

    Hopefully, all is okay
  6. Sugar's Mum

    Sugar's Mum Gold Member

    Check the heel height of the horse.

    If the heel height is too height it tips the coffin bone forward and squashes the little arteriole that runs round the front of the bone. This leads to bruising.

    My girl had it when I first started barefoot trimming. She doesn't have it anymore.
  7. sumanmoll

    sumanmoll New Member

    Magic Cushion Analgesic Hoof Packing is excellent for any laminitis, bruising, corns or inflammation within the hoof and lower leg.

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