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    01-15-2012, 08:07 PM
Unhappy one hoof seeming to deteriorate... others seem okay

Okay so I know its a bit muddy out, well a lot actually, and it probably is contributing, but my mares front right hoof seems to be in bad condition. Hoof diseases and disorders aren't really my cup of tea, so I am in need of your guy's help.

I originally thought that her frogs were just peeling, as I've been told they should do. But now it seems that they are chipping away and there is a big hunk of the upper frog that is just cut loose. She is showing no pain, no discomfort, nothing. But to me it seems there might be something wrong.

I may just be a worry wart, but I would really like a second opinion on what is wrong, if anything, and what I can do for it.

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The last one, is what her other 3 hooves look like.
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    01-17-2012, 12:54 AM
The photo looks typical of many feet I work on. Your farrier can clean up the ragged material. Scrub the frog area with a wire brush and treat occasionally with an antimicrobial to keep any thrush from forming. Iodine is a pretty fair solution. It also serves to harden the tissues against further intrusion. Given the incredibly wet climate in Ohio this past year, it's a never ending battle to keep the bacterial/fungal intrusions under control. The photo doesn't present anything I'd call a serious concern.


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