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post #1 of 5 Old 02-03-2010, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 5 Old 02-03-2010, 06:40 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-03-2010, 06:43 PM
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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.
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-03-2010, 08:27 PM
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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.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-03-2010, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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^^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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