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coffeemama 09-08-2012 08:23 PM

frog shedding off and left a weird hairy surface
My pony sloughed off her frogs and where the indentations come to a point in the frog area it has freaky hair-like area in the triangle area dense hairs about half inch long. Is this new frog making a new frog or is the too deep and shouldn't be exposed? She doesn't seem in pain when I brush or touch this area. It reminds me of newborn foal slippers a little bit..not the fingerlike projections like on a foal...they are hairy.

NorthernMama 09-08-2012 08:58 PM

I'm subbing, hoping for more information on this. Curious: why did the frog slough off? What did your farrier have to say about it? Do you have any pics?

I have no idea what the "hairs" could be. Maybe a picture would help.

loosie 09-08-2012 09:06 PM

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Never seen anything like half inch long - only up to couple of mm. It's the laminae of the frog, from which it grows.

Ed to add; the worst I've seen - most, longest 'hairs' were on a badly foundered pony who's (esternal)frogs sloughed off completely. Perhaps the length of hairs is to do with the state of health of the whole foot, as in wall laminae being long when that region is stressed.

coffeemama 09-09-2012 09:27 PM

Here are 3 shots of right front. Her last trim was 4 weeks ago. She has been growing them out fast lately. I am concerned because the layer with frog sloughed off and left what you are looking at with whitish area just before wall and then at top of V there's that hairy, papillae-like fuzz showing. Should that be covered by something or is this normal when frogs slough-off and the whitish area is that normal. You have to imagine a trimmed hoof as she is due and gets trimmed in two days again which is a week early for what her normal schedule is, again, because she seems to be growing them quickly. I have been giving her hoof supplement x 2 months now. Anyone who has an answer please post it thank you for you help.
above pic is closeup of hair-like projections.
below is whole hoof bottom pic

Cowgirls Boots 09-09-2012 09:38 PM

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I think your pony may need their tootsies done!
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loosie 09-09-2012 11:43 PM

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:shock:Wow, that's the most overgrown bars I've seen in some time! On average, horses need to see a farrier & have their feet trimmed 6 weekly, but many horses & at some times of the year need to be done more frequently than that. At a guess, I'd say your horse is at least 3 months OVERdue.

Perhaps there were 'blowouts' happened at the front of the frog & due to them being in bad shape, they haven't yet grown normal external horn. But I wonder, have you used any heavy chemicals on her feet? How long has it been like that?

Be interested to know the state of these feet generally, whether the horse is/has foundered, metabolic issues or such. Pics after the farrier has been would be good - see the link below for pic tips.

Oldhorselady 09-09-2012 11:51 PM

Why don't I see the pics?:shock:

Sharpie 09-09-2012 11:54 PM

Wow. If that really is only 4 weeks out, you need to have a serious discussion with or find a new farrier.

loosie 09-10-2012 12:04 AM

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Pardon, I missed the bit that said her last trim was 4 weeks ago. If that's for real, I don't think there's any point in having serious or otherwise talks with your farrier, just find a good one that knows how to trim!

Side note; is it possible she has Cushings? That condition tends to make hooves grow extra quick.


Why don't I see the pics?:shock:
Perhaps your mind blocks what you don't want to see!?:lol:

Oldhorselady 09-10-2012 12:21 AM


Originally Posted by loosie (Post 1677717)
Perhaps your mind blocks what you don't want to see!?:lol:

No, seriously.....I only see the pics? What in the world?

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