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Red Discoloration Visible on a Pale Hoof Wall

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

Code Green - Contact Your Vet to Obtain Useful Advice & Resources

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

  • If you notice any lameness or have any other concern.

Code Green - Contact Your Vet to Obtain Useful Advice & Resources

  • If you do not notice lameness.

In cases in which there is direct impact to the hoof wall, or to the coronet, bleeding may occur under the hoof wall. in horses with unpigmented lower limbs and pale hoof walls this bruising appears as a red discoloration of the pale hoof wall. Horses with laminitis may also bleed under the wall, and show this discoloration.

Generally, these bruises are not of great concern. They gradually grow out and disappear. However, if accompanied by lameness, an obvious digital pulse, or heat in the hoof the injury may be more significant. They can also indicate interference or other limb contact.

WHAT TO DO

Assess the affected hoof for digital pulse, heat or swelling above the coronet band. Assess the horse for lameness and contact your vet with your findings and concerns.

WHAT YOUR VET DOES

Your vet will be involved if lameness or limb contact is occurring.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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