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Anon A Moss 03-10-2010 01:19 PM

A 'White Puss In Frog' Question...
I was cleaning my horses feet out yesterday, and noticed he had a tag on the back part of his frog on his right front foot. My farrier had taught me how to remove tags and give a basic trim, so I took my hoofknife out and went to cut the tag off. When I cut the tag off, white puss-like liquid came out of his frog. I immediately thought that it was thrush, and so smelled close to his foot; it smelled normal, I dug my hoofpick into his central sulcus and he didn't flinch. Puzzled, I had him trot on gravel; he wasn't lame or sore at all.

I've looked on the internet and in my books, and haven't come across anything similar.

I will give you this extra information, hopefully it will be of some help:
His front feet have always been good and healthy, but his backs have lacked concavity until but a week ago, now his backs look much better
His white-line is pulled out, and has been for a few months; I'm working with my farrier to get it better.
It has been extremely wet for the last 6 months, which is unusual because I live in Texas.
I recently started him on cinnamon, as horse herbalist recommend for easy keepers who are on lush grass to keep them from foundering.
I've also recently start him on one clove of garlic a day, as a immune booster.
About 2 months ago I changed his trim to a 'wild horse' trim; he had been barefoot before, and he did not have any problems with this new trim.

So, anybody know what this is? My game-plan is to soak his feet in ACV for a week, and get my farrier out to look at him; but any other help would be much appreciated.

P.S. I'll have pictures up latter today, most likely.

kevinshorses 03-10-2010 01:29 PM

He probably had a puncture or bruise there that abcessed a little. If he's not lame I wouldn't worry a whole lot about it.

Anon A Moss 03-10-2010 06:16 PM

Okay, thanks for the advice.

PaintHorseMares 03-10-2010 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by kevinshorses (Post 573673)
He probably had a puncture or bruise there that abcessed a little. If he's not lame I wouldn't worry a whole lot about it.

Agreed. I've seen this before with stone bruises, sometimes with a squirt of blood, too. Our vet's advice has always been to not worry and just keep an eye on it for a few days if the horse is not lame. If you want, putting some iodine/betadine on it won't hurt.

jazzyrider 03-10-2010 10:15 PM

i would agree with whats been mentioned above. sounds like some form of minor injury has revealed itself as an abcess and possibly 'blown out'. in most cases they heal themselves and i would just try and keep it as clean as possible and let him be :)

Anon A Moss 03-10-2010 11:51 PM

Thank you all, this as been very helpful. I figured since he wasn't lame it wasn't a 'dire' situation, but this helped clarify what happened.

I'd lock up this thread, but I can seem to find the option too. :p

jazzyrider 03-11-2010 02:54 AM

you cant lock it. that can only be done by a mod. theres no need to lock it anyways. locking is only done if the thread is out of control (i used to be a mod on here :))

PS Napier 03-11-2010 12:27 PM

(Yes, I have a different username now: the other account was a 'see if this site is useful' account, lol)

Oh, thank you for telling me. In the forums I've been in you always lock up once you've gotten your question answered. Suppose its a little different here. :p

Thank you all for your help again!

barrellover 03-11-2010 04:16 PM

Sounds to me like he could be getting an infection which can happen in soggy conditions. To be safe I would put some of this on there just in case. It will treat and bacteria that could be in there and prevent the muddy water from seeping back into the hoof.

Keratex Mud Shield Powder (Penleigh Irving Ltd) - Hoof Sealant - Healthcare -

I have a friend that had a very very similar situation that turned into a canker in the hoof..the frog of her horse ended up having to be dug out and the horse put on stall rest for 2 better safe than sorry.

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