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  1. #1
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    Default Hoof Temperature

    Does anyone notice their horses hoof temperatures varying?

    Most horses I have worked with have a very average temperature of the hoof when you pick it up, feel it and such unless there is something wrong.

    Recently I have noticed that one of the mares that I work with has ICE COLD feet and another mare has REALLY WARM feet. There is nothing wrong or unsound about either of these mares, believe me, they have seen the vet enough and they have always had the VERY WARM or VERY COLD feet.

    Would anything attribute to this?
    Any thoughts?
    Anyone else notice anything like this with their horses?



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    My horse's feet vary in temperature from day to day and foot to foot. They always have. Sometimes I think it's where he's been standing (deep shavings equal warmer foot?), but I don't really know. He's never been foot sore, and a foot that is warmish at one point in the day may be cool an hour later. I'm not talking about hot, mind you - just warmer than what I would consider "neutral." I've never worried too much about it. The farrier has never commented, and neither has the vet (whom he unfortunately sees quite frequently for a non-hoof-related lameness).



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