Though the equine hoof is a marvel of resiliency, it's not made of rubber, titanium or steel. Itís a living organism that has its vulnerabilities, and when faced with unusual stresses, it shows them.
Stone bruises are one of the most common signs that the hoof has taken some abuse. They appear as reddish purple (on a white hoof) or dark gray (on a dark hoof) spots, sometimes visible on the soles of your horse's feet, especially just after the farrier's knife has removed the surface crud. But usually by the time you spot the bruise, it can be several months old.
by: Karen Briggs
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