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    Exclamation Is this a hoof injury or a shedding frog? Help!

    I am really concerned about Dee. His hoof does not look right at all to me. Two days ago, I noticed that a corner of his frog was "peeling" (can't think of another word to describe it) and these pictures are what it looked like yesterday:







    The first day I noticed it, I contacted my farrier immediately. He said not to worry and it was just the frog shedding. Once I noticed that nearly the entire frog is shedding at once, I had him look at it and he again said it was just the frog shedding and not to worry. Dee isn't lame on it, but it seemed sensitive when I was picking out his feet.

    Normally I trust my farrier 100% but this has me really concerned. One of my horsey friends said the whole frog could be shedding at once due to lack of nutrition, so we are re-evaluating his diet.

    I have another well known local barefoot farrier stopping by to take a look at his feet but I am already in panic mode.

    Just for reference, this is his current hoof angle trimmed by my current farrier which my horsey friend said isn't ideal - but this is how Dee's hooves were trimmed when I bought him too.




    What do you think? What should I do?
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    His frogs are definitely just shedding. The frogs are like big callouses. They shed every now and again, when the actual hoof shape is changing. My horse is constantly making a new frog. Usually a few days after a trim ( and sometimes not) they will start to shed with a new frog emerging underneath. They may be sore for some time, just because the new frog isnt toughened up yet. The best thing you can give him is lots of movement on some gravel( if he isnt too sore) The gravel will exfoliate it, and help it to toughen up as well. Hope this helps. There is nothing to worry about!


    Your horse has a fairly nice shaped hoof.Yes the angles are off on your side photos. You can see how the angles on each foot are so different, causing him to stand awkward and off balance. If you can get his heels trimmed down lower ( and more evenly) You may even see more frog shedding, which is great! It just means his frogs are getting bigger and thicker Hope this helps!

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    Yup, it's shedding, don't mess with it!!! And don't let the new farrier that's coming by whack it off with a knife. Those hooves are in dire need of being balanced though. Is the left front a club?

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    Thanks so much!! What a relief to hear that it really is just shedding. I was a nervous wreck!

    Is it bad that he is shedding the entire frog at once though? What does that mean?

    Dee was just trimmed 5/27 - less than 3 weeks ago. But you're right, even I could see that the angles aren't great and I don't know much at all about the hoof yet.

    His left front isn't a club. Should I still have the new farrier come out to at least balance the hooves, or just wait until he's due for his next trim in 3 weeks?
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    My mares are doing this because they are starting to heal from severe thrush! Yeah. Their just shedding the old yucky stuff off. Don't pull them off let them fall off. It's kinda like a callous on your hand but don't pull it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mahorsie View Post
    Thanks so much!! What a relief to hear that it really is just shedding. I was a nervous wreck!

    Is it bad that he is shedding the entire frog at once though? What does that mean?

    Dee was just trimmed 5/27 - less than 3 weeks ago. But you're right, even I could see that the angles aren't great and I don't know much at all about the hoof yet.

    His left front isn't a club. Should I still have the new farrier come out to at least balance the hooves, or just wait until he's due for his next trim in 3 weeks?
    Nope my galls are doing that too. It just means what your callouses do. There pealing off for new skin to come on and harden back up.
    Same with my gal. Do we share horses? Yes the angles are a bitt off but I would get a new farrier out to balence them up and get the toe to grow out.
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