Mercedes -- the frog was heavily trimmed for the thrush a while back and I am currently letting it grow back in. I habitually only trim areas that might tear or, as you say, allow dirt to accumulate. The frog is indeed making contact and there is no evidence of thrush in my opinion any longer. Maybe the frog looks rough because of the earlier trim job. I don't think there is much dead crappy stuff there anymore. I also wet the hoof before taking the pictures to hopefully improve the pictures, so maybe it looks funny because of that. And, yes as I said, I did note that my trim was not balanced, but I'm working on it. I think the heels are even now though. I will look again next time, just in case. When she came to me she was much more toed out than she is now and I have definitely been working on that. I find her heels harder to read than I first thought I think.
But, Mercedes, do you have any opinion on the apex area?
Anvil -- You also are talking of trimming the frog. Can one of you please photoshop my pic to indicate what areas you are talking about? Anvil, do you think that maybe this "hole" is just where the frog needs to grow back in then?
Appyt -- I don't think it's from an abscess or bruise. She did have an issue several months back and I posted a thread on it, but it was nowhere near this location. It was basically in the heel triangle area.