Piece Broken off of a Frog that's Trying to Shed

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    06-14-2010, 10:21 AM
Unhappy Piece Broken off of a Frog that's Trying to Shed

A friend was riding Rosie on Saturday and near the end of the ride, she started favoring her left rear foot. I had her got off and I checked it. There was no heat in her ankle, and I couldn't see anything wrong. I still had the girl walk her the half mile back to the trail head (Would have let her ride Rookie, but she was too scared to get on him). I took her back to the house and by the time we got there, there was definitely heat in it. I cold-bathed it then checked it again. She is trying to shed her frog in that hoof, and on closer inspection, it looks like she had stepped on a rock and broke some of it off prematurely. She's walking fine after she's been out in the pasture, but I put both of them in their stalls during the day because of the heat, or if there is a storm with thunder and lightening coming. I notice that she's still favoring that foot when I first let her out in the evening.

So, my questions are:

1. Is there anything that I can do for her to make her more comfortable?
(My farrier is camping and doesn't have cell reception right now)

2. About how long does it take something like this to heal?

Thanks in advance for replies.
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    06-14-2010, 02:24 PM
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    06-14-2010, 09:17 PM
I bet she's sore from stepping on a rock [stone/sole bruise], not because the piece is gone. I think she'd have to take off a rather large chunk of frog to cause lameness.

My advice is to stay off her at least two days after she's not lame anymore, try to keep her from galloping madly around the pasture, and if you want, soak the foot in warm water and Epsom salt for 20 minutes twice a day. It will help draw out any "debris" if it's in there.
    06-15-2010, 09:29 AM
Thanks ricci. I'm picking ups some epsom salts today when I get off from work. I'm thinking that I'm going to give her more than a couple of days off though. She's 16 and I really don't want to take any chances with her. Unfortunately, I was going to take both of them to the mountains when I go home next Thursday. We were going to stay 2 weeks, and the places we would be riding have a lot of gravel though, so now I'm just taking Rookie. My lil sis will just have to ride with me another time :0(
    06-15-2010, 11:37 AM
Good luck. She'll heal in no time, chances are it's nothing. It'll only take her a few days to get over it. =]

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