Results 1 to 9 of 9

Discuss Mushy/ soft frog. at the Horse Health forum - Horse Forums.

I noticed today that one of my mares frogs in her hoof was a bit ...
  1. #1
    Senior Member Bexxo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    360

    Mushy/ soft frog.

    I noticed today that one of my mares frogs in her hoof was a bit mushy and tender.. could this be thrush? It has rained A LOT here and the fields are muddy and wet. Everywhere is wet. How do I treat and prevent this from happening.

  2. #2
    Senior Member+
    pippy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    5,651
    Blog Entries
    8
    Was it tender as in she flinched when you pushed on it, or tender as in flexible and pliable, and not as hard/dried up as normal?

    If it was the second one - you would expect to see that from standing in the wet. Normally you would get some smell, and other signs if it is thrush...
    Living A healthy lifestyle deprives you of fat and lethargy
    One man's wrong lead is another man's counter canter
    Soft hands don't come from long reins or open fingers - but from a elastic elbow
    http://kiwieventer.blogspot.com.au/

  3. #3
    Senior Member+
    freedom32's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Capital of the Steeler Nation--PITTSBURGH
    Posts
    11,547
    Blog Entries
    152
    I agree with Pippy--if there is no smell or black gunk in the clefts and crevasses around the frog it's probably just soft from being in the wet, not thrush. You can apply a treatment such as iodine/durasole/venice turpentine to the sole and frog to help toughen them up if she seems really tender, but once the rain stops and things dry up it should resolve on its own
    Pittsburgh gals bleed black & gold
    Proud member of the mare owner clan

  4. #4
    Senior Member+
    JBandRio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    63,324
    Blog Entries
    12
    If it is/has been that wet, I don't understand how just 1 frog is soft

    If it really IS softer than the others, then yes, I would suspect something is going on.
    He who thinks he can do everything or knows everything has already reached the beginning of the end.
    -- The Rothenberger Family


    Barn Swallow Jewelry on Artfire!

  5. #5
    Senior Member Bexxo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    360
    All of them are sort of soft but just one was softer and more tender looking. NO smell and no gunk. She did sort of flinch because one sort of looked mishapen/ it looked like the side sort of fell off? :S BUT I've never really payed super attention to her frogs because they were always hard / no issues. She did have a lot of little rocks in her feet because of the mud stuck in them and it was just after picking her hooves.. ah

  6. #6
    Senior Member+
    Ambrose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Pine Knoll Shores, NC
    Posts
    4,355
    Can you post pictures of the hooves? From the ground (sides and front) and from the sole?

    I always like to look at the whole hoof if there's an issue like that going on. Partially because the hoof form plays a huge impact in the diseases of the foot, and partially because it's just really educational.
    When you're weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all. I'm on your side. When times get rough, and friends just can't be found...like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.
    * Paul Simon*

  7. #7
    Senior Member Bexxo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    360
    I'll post tomorrow when I go out to see her again!! I hate this mucky mucky weather ... ah.
    I did take a picture of her yest. when I noticed it.. just not of her feet!
    I hope she will be okay...


  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    349
    Quote Originally Posted by Bexxo View Post
    All of them are sort of soft but just one was softer and more tender looking. NO smell and no gunk. She did sort of flinch because one sort of looked mishapen/ it looked like the side sort of fell off? :S BUT I've never really payed super attention to her frogs because they were always hard / no issues. She did have a lot of little rocks in her feet because of the mud stuck in them and it was just after picking her hooves.. ah
    It could be that her frogs are starting to peel. You said she flinched? I would call a farrier in just in case to have a look at her feet.
    I am an equestrian. my clothes smell, i'm always dirty, i don't care what I look like, have an objection, take it to someone who cares!
    ~~Beau, thoroughbred gelding 4/28/09~~

  9. #9
    Senior Member Bexxo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    360
    Just to update - I had the barn owner then not HER farrier but a farrier to look at her hooves and they are a-okay. They said it is just due to the swampy mucky weather and their fields have mini muddy lakes right now. Dang rain. I checked the one foot that when i poked she flinched.. she didn't flinch at all. Maybe she flinched at a fly or something.

    Happy her feet are okay.

Similar Threads

  1. Soft/mushy frog question
    By MommaKayc in forum Horse Health
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-13-2010, 07:02 AM
  2. Too Soft
    By SyntheticTrust in forum Horse Health
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-16-2004, 06:57 AM
  3. Injured frog?
    By Paint_luver in forum Horse Health
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-16-2004, 05:16 PM
  4. Soft Tissue Injury????
    By Kizza in forum Horse Health
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 02-18-2004, 09:18 AM
  5. cracked frog?
    By Open_the_Gait in forum Horse Health
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 12-04-2003, 03:41 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •