03-16-2013, 07:37 PM
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There are better options than just not trimming, trim and boot, trim and cast with pads, but not trimming this guy is probably one reason he is in pain. My gelding had atrophied frogs (not quite this bad though), at first he was unable to have much frog stimulation at all, but we gradually lowered them each trim and his frog has bloomed because of it, he just was not getting the required frog stimulation his hoof needed.
The more stimulation the frog gets the faster it grows, so its sort of a double edged sword, his frogs hurt because they are weak and atrophied and hurt to be in contact with ground, but in order for them to grow and become healthy, he needs that stimulation. You can support him with boots/pads or casting/pads so there is some protection there for him after a correct trim, and gradually bring those heels down to where they should be, and allow some protected stimulation in the mean time with boots/casting.