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  • Why did my horses frog start bleeding

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    02-15-2014, 08:28 PM
  #21
Foal
Well now that I'm going to have nightmares I might as well sub too.
Sheesh! I do hope he's going to be ok, poor baby!
     
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    02-15-2014, 09:10 PM
  #22
Green Broke
Subbing, definitely interested in this..Might have to find my notebook and 5" binder full of farrier stuff and see if there's anything about injured frogs..
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    02-15-2014, 09:18 PM
  #23
Trained
When I saw the OP's pic, my first thought was "Why did someone cut that poor horse's frog like that and so deep?" My next thought was, "Why isn't it actually bleeding?"

I don't think that is ripped off -- it's too clean and sharp. It really looks like it was cut purposefully and I'd be mighty ticked off if that is indeed the case.

I would not be inclined to soak it. If it's been cut, it needs to heal and toughen up. Soaking it will soften it. I would keep it clean and apply antibiotic cream on it. Probably/possibly put a diaper on it with duct tape. Every day, at least once - wash and rediaper. If no improvement in the first 36 hours, I would call the vet and farrier.
     
    02-16-2014, 10:38 PM
  #24
Started
Subbing!
     
    02-16-2014, 11:51 PM
  #25
Started
Subbing! I'd love to know the outcome! I hope the poor guy feels better soon!
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    02-17-2014, 01:24 AM
  #26
Weanling
They definitely cut his frog too short. I wouldn't be too worried- my horse stepped on a broken glass bottle on a trail ride. I pulled the glass pieces out of her hoof and hand walked her home. Only once I was home I realized there was another piece in her frog that I didn't see, as it was in deep. The vet had to come and debride her frog. She used iodine to disinfect the hoof, said to soak (in iodine) I think. That was many years ago so I don't remember all the details, but my mare was fine.

Overall, I wouldn't be too concerned, but I would call the vet and ask if you should soak it or not.
     
    02-28-2014, 06:56 PM
  #27
Foal
Well, my moms horse is doing better. We had to double pad it (like a pillow), keeping it all together with vet wrap and a piece of duck-tape but he is starting to put pressure on it and walk. I saw him take a few normal steps the other day which is a relief. Stall rest is doing him good but it is going to be a long recovery till it grows back. Thanks everyone for all the help!
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    02-28-2014, 09:44 PM
  #28
Foal
Id say keep it clean and dry and call the vet. It looks like he ripped his frog clean off. I seriously doubt a decent farrier would do that. I would think the main risk is infection.
     
    02-28-2014, 11:42 PM
  #29
Foal
To me, it looks like they trimmed right down to the frog coruim! In dissection class, we overtrimmed hooves on cadavers to expose the frog coruim, or cell producing sensitive structure of the frog. It is very red, slightly spongy, has nerves, and bleeds when you cut into it.

Ouch! I would get a new farrier.
     
    03-01-2014, 08:49 PM
  #30
Trained
So, have you had any communication with the farrier about his "helper?" Are they taking any responsibility?
     

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