Posted 11 November 2010 - 02:32 PM
Our previous now retired farrier told me shedding frogs and sole was normal for horse. I see reading here that may not be so - more the case of something akin to athletes feet in humans?
The sole area of all three of our mares was peeling off with me scraping using just my hoof pick. Did not seem to cause them any discomfort but concerns me. I did spray their feet with vinegar and did scrape and peel sole as it loosened. The Farrier was here last Tuesday. My husband told him I was concerned about the condition of my horses hooves - the Farrier saw nothing to be concerned about. Sometimes I think I am just borrowing trouble!
Posted 11 November 2010 - 02:38 PM
Posted 11 November 2010 - 04:04 PM
Frogs shedding is normal around here but not necessarily "right" It means the horse had a nice dry callous built up and then it got damp and the layers started peeling away. Thrush can help it along as it is oppoutunistic, but its akin to a peeling callous after a shower in my book usually. The callous was needed tho and I want them to stay put.
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 10:05 AM
The horses are either there or on grass pastures. It has been a dry summer/fall.
I've started spraying their soles and frogs with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, tea-tree oil and neem oil. That should keep thrush away. I had the farrier specifically double check for thrush. All three mares were fine but I sure don't want that to take hold. Would rather do preventative measures.
Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:15 PM
If there is any false sole to come out, go after it in wet weather. You'll be able to scrape it out with the hoof pick, leaving a clean flat surface and remove food for thrush. If you have any cracks for the central sulcis, go after them as well. Thrush loves to hide out down in the bottom of there.