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#1 Kristina

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 07:07 PM

I was wondering if horses shed their frogs because on the bottom of my horses hooves by the heel and frog it is peeling back. Here is a link to some pics. The blood is from a small cut he has right above his heel. Thanks for any help. The last hoof pic shows it best by his heel (looks like crack, but it's peeling).

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Edited by Kristina, 17 May 2009 - 07:19 PM.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 07:35 PM

Yes, the frog can peel off. It just happened to a friend's horse. She was treating her for thrush, and when it cleared up, the frog came off.
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 05:18 AM

It's perfectly normal for a frog to regenerate itself twice a year.



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Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:43 AM

I can't get a good look from those pictures. But, I've heard that horses do not shed their frogs...at least not normally. If a frog peels off, or pieces of it get ragged and come off, it's because there is thrush or some yeast infection going on.

I always thought that horses shed their frogs twice a year, but my barefoot trimmer says no.



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Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:56 AM

WR? Your Barefoot trimmer is wrong. A healthy foot will shed the frog due to changes in environment,..and new live tissue growing.

It's live tissue as long as there is circulation to it. Live tissue changes.

If they aren't shedding their frog EVER? Something is wrong.

I most cases,,..you'll likely never even know it's done it.

The reason Barefoot trimmers don't want to feel that the frog sheds is because they want calous to develop. We all do. But the frog when healthy is such a fast growing enitity and so able to rebuild itself quickly.

It isn't a bad thing that it would shed. That means its a healthy foot.






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Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:25 AM

Yes, I agree, Shelley. A frog can regenerate itself, like our skin does. Our skin flakes off, and new skin is always growing. If not, we would be in a world of hurt with our skin all flaked off!

Like you say, we probably don't see it regenerate. But, I don't believe that a frog will peel off twice a year...shed, as in a snake shedding it's skin.

Here is a link to causes of frogs peeling off. http://www.barefoothorse.com/

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 12:25 PM

Thanks everyone. I was worried about it. I know a lot about horses, and I'm trying to learn more about the hooves. Thanks
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