Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
I was reading something about how central sulcus thrush is too often missed and can be an underlying reason and/or contributing factor for horses who are not landing heel-first. Jayne seemed to be landing flat footed a few weeks ago (haven't looked closely enough to tell recently, though he is moving out, forward and willing in just front boots on grass and concrete) and was starting to get little fleshy frog tags that were trapping bits, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to treat his as though thrush was a problem. I started washing his feet and treating last week.
After a wet week last week, I noticed his RF central sulcus had some tags folding over it with space under which seemed like a text-book setup for infection. I trimmed off some outer frog bits and the loose stuff and found a disgusting smelly pocket of greyish gooey grossness underneath. So I cleaned that out, medicated, and marveled that the sulcus on that foot went nearly twice as deep as I thought it did, probably just about 2cm. His LF frog seemed solid, with a much shallower sulcus.
Until tonight, when cleaning it and the hoof pick 'caught' on an apparently loose edge deep in there and I lifted up on it a bit. The smell immediately hit me, though it hadn't smelled at all until I lifted this flap. So, again, I cut out the grossness, scraped out the decaying frog goo, and medicated it. They might both actually be deep enough to pack with cotton balls, though I would have said you were crazy if you told me that was the true condition of his feet last week. Hopefully it gets above freezing again so I can do a proper job and scrub them out.
I guess I am learning? He, hopefully, will be healing now.
Pictures and a trim this weekend I think.