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SonnyWimps 05-26-2008 02:13 PM

Frog? Does this seem normal
 
I recently noticed (just today) as I was cleaning Sonny's feet that his frog...which was usually a dark color (black or really dark brown) had some pale whitish parts that kinda seemed odd.

I also noticed some rocks in the sole of his foot that made some holes in his hooves (not too deep of ones...but enough for me to take notice).

I cleaned the hoof as usual...cleaning every part and making sure there were no remaining rocks, or dirt

What exactly is the white on the frog? I know it's part of the frog...but is it normal? Something I should be worried about?
As for the rock holes...what can I do to treat it? He's not lame nor is it hurting him when I clean it

I have pictures which I will upload in a bit....just downloading them to the comp right now

notorious_ 05-26-2008 02:36 PM

has he gotten new shoes lately? when shoeing a horse you file the hoof and it turns white. the farrier might have thought his frog was a little long and needed to be shaved down a bit, or something along those lines...
my dad is a farrier, and sometimes he will trim a frog that looks as if it is long and gets irritated when walking.

about the holes... at this point i wouldn't worry about them.
try pressing on the holes, if they seem to hurt him, maybe it is stone bruise that indented his foot?

moomoo 05-26-2008 02:42 PM

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has he gotten new shoes lately? when shoeing a horse you file the hoof and it turns white. the farrier might have thought his frog was a little long and needed to be shaved down a bit, or something along those lines...
Thats what I thought :)

americancowgurl31391 05-26-2008 02:45 PM

yeah i went out the other day and my horses frog had this whitish stuff on it so i told my mom to have a look cause i was freakin out over what it was and then we wallked in the tack room and saw that our farrier had come.

SonnyWimps 05-26-2008 06:31 PM

the farrier came on the 2nd or 3rd...so it's been a while
and he doesn't have shoes on

upnover 05-26-2008 08:41 PM

Is it white where you've been scraping? When it's been really wet around here our horses will get a little bit of "thrush" which makes their frog/sole soft. I say a little because it's not bad enough where it causes that horrible smell, but just soft enough to be able to scrape at it. (by the way, our horse's stalls get cleaned out daily and are pretty meticulous so sometimes thrush isn't caused by dirty stalls!) I keep a bottle of Coppertox in my locker and just put a splash on the bottoms of their feet. It dries it up within a day or two.

SonnyWimps 05-26-2008 09:03 PM

Yes the sole was also whiteish and came off easily..but I'm actually talking about the frog

http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/31...oves_001_1.jpg
^^Right front

http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/31...oves_002_1.jpg
^^Right back

http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/31...oves_003_1.jpg
^^Left front

http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/31...oves_004_1.jpg
^^Left back

NorthernMama 05-26-2008 09:26 PM

I don't see what white areas you are talking about. His feet look basically fine to me, other than he has lots of forward heel generally that is keeping his frogs slightly contracted, more so on his left side than his right. I'd be more concerned about that than any pale spots.

SonnyWimps 05-26-2008 09:30 PM

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Originally Posted by northernmama
I don't see what white areas you are talking about. His feet look basically fine to me, other than he has lots of forward heel generally that is keeping his frogs slightly contracted, more so on his left side than his right. I'd be more concerned about that than any pale spots.

what do you mean by "forward heels"?

country_girl 05-26-2008 09:36 PM

its nothing to worry baout it is just the under sole im sure sonny will be fine


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