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ButtInTheDirt 04-09-2013 06:33 PM

Thrush? Frog Detatched; Horse Lame
One of my mares seemed a little lame a few days ago. I took a look at her hoof and her frog was mostly torn away. At that point it was not going to reattach, so we decided to cut it off. She did not bleed, and tugging on the part that was detached did not cause her any pain. Now she is a bit short-strided, but other than the slight limp she is not in excessive pain, just uncomfortable. Normally I wouldn't have any problem with something like this, but with the impossible weather and the fact that she was supposed to go to a trainer for a month at the end of the week, I just don't know what to do. The ferrier is coming on Thursday if the weather is right, and will hopefully take a look at her. Unless she is 100% she will not go on to the trainer.

My question is, was it likely thrush? Our pastures were decent for a while, just a little wet, but now they are flooded and we have flood warnings for most of this week. The part of her frog closest to the heel is not there, so I can't imagine it being safe to work on. How long might it take to grow back? We don't really have any place to put her that is dry, so until the weather clears up there is nothing much I can do that way. A side note - she is being trained to drive, and will be shod for working on the roads. With the way her foot is, will the shoes help or hinder her? Please no bashing, just need some advice. If she were in noticeablly excrutgiating pain I would call a vet, but she isn't.

spirit88 04-09-2013 07:27 PM

Need pictures if you want good advice. Make sure hoof is clean of mud and yuck that way we can see whats up with it.

ButtInTheDirt 04-09-2013 07:39 PM

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I took this picture prior to the frog being cut off, but hopefully this will give you all an idea.

loosie 04-09-2013 09:37 PM

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Yeah, frog/hoof never 'reattaches', it's just like a skin flap - cut it off if it's loose. What with the manure & such, can't tell whether thrush is also involved, but the 'neat' way it looks like it's come off, could either just be the frog shedding, or that there was a frog abscess that's 'blown' out the heel & detached it. I'd be inclined to treat her for thrush anyway.

She may be tender purely because she's lost all that callous. But it appears she has long, run forward heels & due for a trim too.

tinyliny 04-10-2013 12:39 AM

Yeah, I thought frogs just "shed" a couple of times a year, with Spring being one of them.

countrylove 04-10-2013 04:06 PM

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I just experienced something very similiar. Here are the links to my threads about it. Hope it can help some :-)
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