Here we go. Henry was out Friday afternoon and trimmed the frogs and the pics are from Saturday. He thinks they look better than the last time he worked on Sig. After being trimmed they look much better, but you can still see that the central sulcus is deeply grooved and the tip of both hind frogs is basically absent. I started doing the fronts as well. This is after dusting with No Thrush powder, which is giving that fuzzy white look to things. Next time I will do the photos prior to applying the powder. I will not be able to do Sunday because I am helping at a horse show.
Repeat of yesterday. Henry came and trimmed up the frogs, so they look much more appealing! LOL He thinks they look better than the last time he worked on Sig, so looks like we are heading in the right direction. Plus I picked up some No Thrush at the local tack store, so will switch to that and see how it performs over the next several weeks. Sig was still a little ouchy in the outdoor footing, but worked pretty well in the indoor. Will get fresh pics tomorrow.
No photos today - Sig was still a bit touchy about having his feet scrubbed. I think the soap stings a little on the sensitive tissue. Hopefully tomorrow, we get some of the dead stuff cut away and I can get at the next layer of gunk.
Sig's frogs are eaten up with thrush. I have been thinking about how to manage the problem and came across this series of articles Treatment of Disease in the Equine Frog. It certainly looks worth a try, so I am going to see if we can get Sig's feet in better shape. He is not exactly lame, but is a little sensitive in his hinds and sometimes feels a bit off.
I have ordered some No Thrush, but while waiting for it to arrive I decided to get started anyway.
Here are Sig's Hind Feet prior to any treatment.
This is the right hind, picked out, but not washed. It doesn't look so horrible, eh?
This is the left hind, also picked out, but not cleaned. It looks worse than the right hind, but again, not so bad.
Here are the hinds after thorough washing. You can see that the tip of the frog is non-existent in both feet. The left frog also has huge craters and crevices. Ugh.
I washed both feet using Dr Bronners soap until the suds were white instead of brown. Then dried the feet and treated the right with Thrushbuster and the left with Listerine and will do this daily until the No Thrush arrives and I can start using that and see how that goes.