I ride a horse for a friend of mine and his name is Red. I went to pick out Red's left front hoof on Thursday and found this weird thing on his heel. I'm pretty sure it wasn't there when I groomed/rode him on Tuesday, or at least it wasn't this visible or I would have noticed it. He was fine with me touching it, but when I started to put pressure on it, he flinched and tried to pull away. He wasn't lame at the walk and had a normal walk, not stilted or hesitant. I know that his feet are awful, but I can't do much about that. XP He's kind of just a pasture ornament and I doubt he's seen a farrier or vet in a very long time. =( He's at a place where it gets a lot of rain, but it also takes a long time for the water to drain away, so his feet are in wet grass most of the time. I hope you guys can help me figure this out as I'm getting really worried.
Dont stress it happens in wet weather that is just his soft tissue frog and it seems a bit infectd and sore, one wash and disinfect it, then if you can cut away with a hoof knif any lose frog, then go buy some thrush treatment for it, you can bandage it with a cotton swap backed in there socked in disinfected. And if you are worried call ur vet
Personally, I'd get a vet out ASAP. There's not much frog there to begin with, and now something fleshy looking is poking out. He's in desperate need of a trim though so I'd talk to the owner about that before putting a saddle on him again to ride...looks like he's got strong hoof walls though so one trim should have him back in working order, other than the heel. I'd get that looked at before doing anything other than cleaning it.
... He's at a place where it gets a lot of rain, but it also takes a long time for the water to drain away, so his feet are in wet grass most of the time.
Continuous wet conditions are very tough on feet. This year has been very wet in NC and there have been a rash of hoof problems here, too. I would have a farrier look at it first before calling a vet. Also, in very wet conditions, the old timers around here use iodine on the sole and frog to help prevent bacteria/fungus and dry them out.