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Today is a bit of mythbusting and melanin combined, as I saw a post yesterday that sparked my interest. Effectively, the prospective owner was concerned about buying a barefoot horse who had light colored feet, for fear they may be weaker.
I decided to do some research on this topic, as it's something I'd heard before, and it turns out it's completely false! The ONLY difference between light and dark feet is the amount of melanin they produce. Melanin is just pigment, it doesn't provide any structural integrity to the hoof. Light feet aren't any more sensitive or prone to crumbling.
It's believed this myth arises because light feet show bruises and cracks sooner/more clearly due to the contract, causing people to notice them more often and associate injuries with light feet.
Above is a fun little case study of my horse, Sid, from early on in his barefoot journey. You can see his back right foot has a chip ~1 inch long down the inside. That foot is solid light colored. BUT, if you look at his front left (his only solid dark hoof) you can see it has an almost identical chip on the inside. Pretty interesting! Does your horse have light or dark feet? Had you ever heard this myth? Comment below!