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Today while grooming Cinco I noticed his heel was like peeling, It also goes down ...
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    Heel peeling? With Pictures

    Today while grooming Cinco I noticed his heel was like peeling, It also goes down into part of his frog. Does anyone know what could have caused this and what I should be doing to treat it. I soaked it tonight and wrapped in vetwrap.

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    How high are his heels? My horse gets little flaps at the heels. I just trim them off.

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    Is he kept in a muddy/wet environment?
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    Just looks like overgrown tissue to me, also looks to be well due for a trim. When was he last done?
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    I can't see clearly enough to see what you are pointing to, but those feet need some serious help from a knowledgeable trimmer/farrier. Those heels are way too tall, and the back of the foot looks like it's got bacteria or fungus eating at it. Only one photo is showing up for me, but a good sole shot and side shot of the foot would be good. If it is a flap, you can cut it off.
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    Looks like poor trimming, wet environment, maybe thrush or similar in the frog/heel. A good farrier should be able to tell you when he comes to trim the hooves.

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    I can't see any detail either, but overall it doesn't look healthy. It could just be really waterlogged and needing to dry out (which soaking and wrapping will make worse). I just really can't see what's going on from the picture.

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    This happened to my horse for the first time this past fall.. One of the people at the barn says it happens to her horses all of the time - but I've never seen her pick her horses feet. I pick my horses feet every day. Before and after work, and if no work, picked prior to going in stall to let them be dry. The farrier said it's the frog shedding, and it happens a couple times a year. I have had my horse for 6 years and this is the first I've seen. It seemed a little thrushy, the farrier didn't think it was anything to worry about, but suggested a product that is mostly used on cows. But we couldn't find it. And that was a drying agent, so I ended up getting a small spray bottle and spraying hydrogen peroxide into the deepest part of his hooves after picking. I also sprayed the "peely" parts. It seemed to work. I did it every other day until I noticed a difference. It completely went away.

    I have since had shoulder surgery and no one is picking his feet every day - i'm sure they're a mess!!

    PS if you do end up doing this and your horse has dark or bay hair on his legs, be sure not to get the peroxide on his hair..it'll bleach it!

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    Frogs do not "shed" naturally... Its a MYTH. The frog will shed if the foot is not properly trimmed, overly wet, thrushy, etc. It is not a natural thing for a horse to shed their digital cushion and protection... Frogs should be thick, WHOLE across (no crack in the middle) and hard. No squishy, gray, peeling frog is healthy and normal.

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    It looks like either heel abscessing that broke out the top, or he "grabbed" the heel bulbs with another foot, or it is just just peeling cracked tissues from mud/ urine/ manure.
    But more important, he has seriously overgrown feet. He is in dire need of a a proper trim,.
    As to frogs shedding, yes they do sometimes under perfectly normal circumstances. When there is more than enough frog there, nature just gets rid of a thick layer.
    I know well trimmed horses who shed the whole frog every spring and fall.
    But THIS horse's hoof is just overall very overgrewn.
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