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Summit attendees enjoy their meals during Delta Mustad Hoofcare Center’s Hospitality Night. Two lucky winners walked away with prize packages that included Delta Mustad products, as well as a trip to next year’s International Hoof-Care Summit. The evening also featured musical entertainment by the Fort Worth, Texas-based band Trash.
A: Sole bruising is a fairly regular occurrence. While it can be a sign of a serious underlying condition, most times it’s just an incidental finding (though I mention any bruising I see to the owner).
Determining whether we need to worry or involve a veterinarian is something that each farrier needs to decide based on the condition of the horse and its soundness level.
When encountering a slight bruising or discoloration in a horse not exhibiting lameness, nothing more than mentioning it to the owner is necessary. More concern should be placed on any bruising that appears in a semi-circle pattern forward of the point of the frog, as this indicates the coffin bone is compressing the sole.
A mild bruise in the heel area.
When first evaluating a bruise, consider the following: