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post #1 of 7 Old 03-19-2010, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Problems with frog? Lying down?

I was picking out my mare's feet the other day before a ride, and I noticed in one of her front feet it looks like her frog is all ripped up and some of it is missing. It's hard to explain. It looks like it's basically shredded, but still stuck in there. I guess I'll have to get a picture of it maybe next time I'm out there.

Anyways, my question is: Does anyone have any suggestions as to what it could be? I'm about 98% sure it's not thrush. The farrier is due out in a week or so, so I'm planning on having him take a look at it then. But until then, any ideas?

Also, she spends loads of time laying down. Like, hours and hours and hours a day, every day. Could this be the cause? She is 20 years old, so maybe her joints are just hurting her? I know she has mild arthritis, but we keep it in check with supplements. There's nothing else that I've noticed to be at all off about her, so I'm just kind of confused...

Ughhh. Worried mommy syndrome is hitting me hard.

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-19-2010, 08:59 AM
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Her frog is probably just shedding. They don't always come off evenly and can look a little odd. Mine always shed this time of year.

I don't know about the laying down thing, she may just being doing it because it's comfy.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-21-2010, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Bumpppp. :)

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post #4 of 7 Old 03-21-2010, 11:07 PM
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Frida's are shedding too. When you apply pressure to the frog does she object?
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-21-2010, 11:08 PM
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As MNT suggested, her frog is probably just shedding. :) I wouldn't worry too much, but check with your farrier incase you are.
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-21-2010, 11:34 PM
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yup, just shedding, I got freaked out when a piece of my horses sole came off, but my BO said that means the horse is real healthy if that happens :) same if the frog

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-22-2010, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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She doesn't care if I put pressure on it or pick at it. It doesn't seem to bother her at all. I didn't even know frogs shed. Haha I will ask the farrier to be sure, but thanks, everyone for putting my mind at ease. :)

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