What is this on bottom of hoof?

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    05-17-2013, 09:58 PM
Green Broke
What is this on bottom of hoof?

So we had a really bad dry spell here and then got a DUMPING of rain. Needless to say my horse has deep sulcus thrush and now to the left and right of his frog on the soles of his feet the surface is cracking and I can pick away at it with a hoof pick and white flakes chip up. This usually happens on my geldings white line alittle bit on his back feet but never on the fronts this bad. Is this normal?

In this picture you can see to the left of the frog where it's already worn away and to the right it's cracking.

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    05-17-2013, 10:09 PM
It looks like his sole is shedding. This is normal. It will keep chipping away. Its Normal.
    05-17-2013, 10:11 PM
Green Broke
*phew* okay good. This gelding has feet issues that are never ending. Just a paranoid parent!
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    05-18-2013, 11:34 PM
Yes just exfoliating sole. Tends to happen dramatically in weather changes as you described. I'd be unhappy about the farrier carving the frogs like that - that will increase susceptibility to infection, as well as reducing protection & making the horse more sensitive.
    05-19-2013, 03:51 PM
Loosie, shouldn't the sides of the sulcus have been trimmed a bit?
    05-19-2013, 04:09 PM
Green Broke
The Thrush started right after he got a trim and we had that dumping of rain
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    05-19-2013, 05:25 PM
I hope you are sticking a cotton ball in that crack with meds. Looks deep already. BArs look to need a trim also. Id scrape as much of that exfoliating sole out with my hoofpick as I could so it doesant reharden if it gets dry. Some farriers don't trim the bars enough where the is retained sole.
    05-19-2013, 05:36 PM
Green Broke
Okay. I had asked about what was on the bottom of his feet. Not about the thrush. ;) I've been cleaning with dawn dish soap everyday and putting mastitis cream in the crack with cotton stuffed in there.
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