Delaware Natural Hoof Care

Hoof Color

A study of  white hooves at a microscopic level shows there is no difference in the structural integrity of a white hoof compared to a dark hoof. The only difference is that a white hoof lacks color pigment that dark hooves have. In defense of the white hoof, as a hoof care practitioner I like the white hoof more for the simple fact I can see if there are certain issues going on with the hoof much sooner then a dark hoof . The white hoof shows some pink that can tell me the horse has inflammation in the laminea either from an imbalance in the hoof trim or there is a metabolic issue, such as to much sugar in the diet, that may be triggering a bout of laminitis.

 

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White hoof of horse w/ metabolic issue.To much sugar in diet.Being able to see red gave us the opportunity to adjust diet before possible founder occurred.If I were to rasp the outer wall enough we would see much more inflammation.