My small poly was trimmed on March 16 and walked fine for three days. Now she is very sore on her front feet. The frogs have swollen so that they take up the complete hoof cavity, and one is so swollen that it sticks up 1/2 inch above the hoof wall. Any idea what is happening and what can be done? The farrier suggested possible founder. Help!
Did the farrier offer this opinion after having seen the horse in the current condition or simply in response to you contacting them over the phone? More importantly, what was the opinion of the vet (if the vet has not been consulted that needs to be the next order of business).
The farrier has not seen the pony. The pony has had laminitis before, but I have never seen swollen frogs associated with laminitis. A call is in to the vet, but no reply yet. Will wait to hear from him. Thanks for the reply.
Pics & more info would be helpful if you want opinions here.
While swollen frogs doesn't sound like your average laminitis/founder symptom, becoming sore for no apparent reason & history of laminitis makes it a possibility. If the frogs have become swollen recently, I'd be thinking more along the lines of an infection though. Can only speculate tho.
Never heard of swollen frogs....if this pony is really sore and had laminitis before ......is it possible that she is having another bout and what appears to be swelling of the frog is actually the coffin bone rotating down and pushing her frog out........If I were you I would have your vet out immediately.
The vet seems to be at a loss about what would cause the frogs to swell other than standing in a wet environment. The swelling has gone down since yesterday. It no longer fills the entire hoof cavity. I have posted two photos for y'all to look at. And, yes, the vet that can do x-rays has been contacted.
No pics attached. When you click manage attachments, a window should come up with a 'browse' button, where you can search your computer for relevant pics. They need to be around 150kb or less I've found.