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    02-03-2010, 07:25 PM
Should I be worried?

So I was picking out Ice's hooves today, and I noticed that he had a piece of bedding stuck in his frog. I pulled it out, which didn't seem to hurt him, and I was just wondering if I should be worried or not. There wasn't any bleeding, it was just a little hole maybe 1 cm deep and probably less than 1 cm across. He wasn't lame on it as far as I can tell, and he didn't flinch when I pressed down on it.
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    02-03-2010, 07:40 PM
I don't know what type of bedding you use, but I would just make sure that it stays as clean as possible, and keep an eye on it for the next few days to make sure that no infection sets in.
    02-03-2010, 07:43 PM
If it's a hole it's probably a blown or old abscess. Keep an eye on it and keep it clean and he should be fine.

ETA: Reread the post, and if the hole is CAUSED by the piece of bedding, as long as there's no blood or pus coming out he should be fine.
    02-03-2010, 09:27 PM
I agree that it may be from an abscess that's already burst. It could also be from thrush, or depending what you mean by 'hole', could be a crevice due to his heels being contracted. Looking at, among other good sources, will give you a bit of an idea what you're looking at & how the hooves function, in order to work out what may be going on & what is needed.
    02-03-2010, 11:07 PM
^^I know for a fact the hole is from a piece of bedding, I pulled the piece of wood out myself.

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