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    02-14-2014, 06:22 PM
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Foal
Any clue what is wrong with his hoof? (Red frog)

My moms horse has been limping and refuses to put weight on this one leg, walking on his tip toes. I cleaned out the hoof (best I could for a quicky job), hosed it down, and this is what I found. A blood red frog on his back right leg. Never seen this before. Any clue on what it is going on?

     
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    02-14-2014, 06:34 PM
  #2
Started
That's not something that I've ever seen in a horse, but I'm not a foot expert. Maybe others will think differently, but if my horse's foot looked like that and he was off on it I'd be getting the vet out ASAP. Better than not and causing permanent damage.
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    02-14-2014, 07:53 PM
  #3
Trained
Looks like he ripped the "dead" frog tissue clean of. I would dry bandage him, like, yesterday, and call a vet out, and if it's only to make sure he's got tetanus coverage.
Actually, it looks like if it was cut off.
     
    02-14-2014, 08:07 PM
  #4
Foal
So dry bandage and call the vet. Thanks. My farrier did trim him a few weeks ago, I wasn't present and he has a new assistant (maybe something went wrong there). He always has a slight limp for he has an old injury on his other back leg making him walk weird overall. On top of this this injured leg is majorly toed in so he always walks weird on it anyway and to add onto that he has really bad arthritis so needless to say when we saw him miss stepping a few weeks ago we did not think too much of it for that is normal for him, he is never not miss stepping. This week he started walking worse which grabbed our attention that something else could be going on now as well. When I cleaned his hooves these few weeks I did not notice the bruising due to all the dirt covering it, only after hosing it down today did I see this. Poor old man, it was already hard walking, now to add this onto it all. Thanks for the help I will do as you advised.
     
    02-14-2014, 08:32 PM
  #5
Trained
You're welcome
But, are you sure nobody cut that piece off? It looks rather clean cut at the back.
     
    02-14-2014, 08:52 PM
  #6
Showing
It looks to me like the farrier pared the frog off. Doing that is not uncommon in a shod horse but shouldn't be done with a barefoot horse. Did you push on it? If you didn't, you might want to next time you're out there. If necessary, use your hoof pick to push on it. If he's flinchy about it, I would likely call the vet. If he's not flinchy about it and there's no heat in the foot/leg, I would probably take a wait and see approach. He might have stepped on a rock after the farrier visited and busted a vessel in there and bruised it. If that's what happened, then it's possible he could abscess.
     
    02-14-2014, 09:24 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
looks like he ripped the "dead" frog tissue clean of. I would dry bandage him, like, yesterday, and call a vet out, and if it's only to make sure he's got tetanus coverage.
Actually, it looks like if it was cut off.
I thought it looked sliced off but can't imagine how a horse would do that.
     
    02-14-2014, 10:49 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
It looks to me like the farrier pared the frog off. Doing that is not uncommon in a shod horse but shouldn't be done with a barefoot horse. Did you push on it? If you didn't, you might want to next time you're out there. If necessary, use your hoof pick to push on it. If he's flinchy about it, I would likely call the vet. If he's not flinchy about it and there's no heat in the foot/leg, I would probably take a wait and see approach. He might have stepped on a rock after the farrier visited and busted a vessel in there and bruised it. If that's what happened, then it's possible he could abscess.
He is barefoot and my farrier usually does a great job with no problems. This is the first time anything bad like this has happened making me wonder if it was his new assistant that did this. His last assistant he had cleaned the frog out with that scrapper thing while he did the rest. It makes sense that if the frog was cut short then he stepped on a rock he could of broke a blood vessel.

I do not have hoof testers but I did squeeze the heel, pushing in on it, and he did not flinch. I also did not feel any abnormal heat in the leg or hoof, no swelling in the leg either, which is a relief. So far we just dry bandaged it and are going to keep him on stall rest and see how it goes. Thanks for all the help!
     
    02-14-2014, 11:05 PM
  #9
Foal
Would soaking it in warm water with Epson salt help any?
     
    02-15-2014, 12:03 AM
  #10
Showing
I honestly don't know if it would help but I don't think it could hurt if you have the time and want to try it.
     

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