Frog Supports

MrsMozart

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Well, m'poor Little Lad
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He got a nail in his off hind last week, which was tubbed and poulticed; there was no discharge and could not see the hole the day after it happened.

Yesterday I brought him off the field because I thought lammi was starting
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. To add to the interest, he's lame on the off-hind, though the digital pulse is fairly even all round (it's not bounding, just can be felt if you know what I mean).

He's now on box rest for two weeks. But, the stable roof leaks, so if I put a deep bed down, it's going to be soaked if it rains tonight
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. Farrier says make some make-shift frog supports for the three feet; and put a poultice on the off-hind.

The frog supports will have to be changed every forty-eight hours, and the poultice changed every day if there is any infection/discharge.

Soooo (hot choccy for getting this far
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), what is the best way of going about this? All these changes are going to be a right pain with bandages being binned daily
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. Anyone have any suggestions as to the best way to go? Should I get poultice boots? Should I get up the ladders and fix the roof? If I do the roof, I can put a deep bed down (he's messy bobo lol).

Farrier will be in our neck of the woods this Thursday and happy to come see. Vet will be around on Friday, but will come out sooner if I ask.

Thankies for any and all suggestions/help/guidance/etc.
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Someone told me what to make homemade frog supports with, & can I remember? NO! It was something like rolled up small bandages I think..
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Could you ask farrier for some lilypads - they are really cheap.
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I'm sure it would. It'll just be a b****r to get off each day!

Regarding the leaking roof LOL, I don't know what current thinking is but at one time the recommendation was to put pone on a wet shavings bed as it was cool for the feet!

Why not try looking useless and see if someone else will go up for you!

Sorry you are going through this I know exactly how you must feel
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MrsM - sorry to hear about LL
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- have a look on Laminits Clinic website - I think its the same people who make Formula 4 Feet that make their frog supports - they are reusable so might be worth investing in?
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I have also got my coblet on Laminits Prone from Global Herbs - may also be worth a look.

Must go as am away with work and am perched on window sill with mobile and flaptop to get signal - but needed my fix of hho!!!
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Speak to your vet about the frog supports - some vets advocate them, some don't. Personally I think a deep shavings bed is better, as it will pack in and offer even support, whereas with frog supports you have to be careful to get the pressure right. So definitely fix the roof!

Wouldn't bother with a poultice boot - they usually rub or come off in my experience. Best solutions are usually involve combining some of the following - vetwrap, duct tape, plastic feedbags, nappies etc.

Some useful threads:

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/3507735/Main/3503746/

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/3324776/an//page/vc/vc/1
 

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Apart from fixing the roof!! (Don't fancy that job myself!!
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you can make frog supports yourself. You need to roll up some gamgee or bandage until it is fairly stiff (if you see what I mean) then bind it with vet wrap.

I can't remember the name of the product, but I have a poultice kit, excellent for abscesses. It has a gel yo put on the area, and a shaped pad. You gamgee it on cover with vet wrap and then I duck tape it, to keep it on. Vet even thought this gel was good as it heats up and draws the pus out.

Finally, I would say a damp, deep litter bed would be better for the pony, more support for the feet, especially shavings. It's not pleasant to clean out but pony will be more comfortable.
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I hope that it's nothing serious and pony will be on the mend very soon
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Ta LZ - think I'll get him to call by and see what I'm doing...
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P - yes, we have our very own sprinkler system, so long as it's raining
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. lol. Did the looking useless bit today (admittedly was useless, must stay away from Dairy!). Is a pity that it's this ned that has the issue - he's not hubby's favourite
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. Could get daughter to do, but gawd knows what state the pair of them would end up
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SU - so long as the window is shut tight, you stay right where you are
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TGM - yup, our vet is one for the bed rather than the supports. Ho hum. Step ladder anyone?
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. Will go look at the links. Thank you
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Firstly.. whys its Newlounge 2?!

Secondly, If you need vet wraps I have copius amounts im not going to be using anytime soon...

I have to say, personally speaking I prefer a deep bed for support, and yes i would be poulticing the foot silly LL =o(

If you need vetrap, poultice, gauze bandage let me know. =o)

Nappies can also be quite cheap and handy.

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NL became full to over-flowing
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If you have any spare vetwraps
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Newlouge 2 looks silly though?

LoL I dont need them now!

And you do! Send me ya list of what ya need, the gauze rolles will work for frog supports if your going down that route,

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i always use a couple of nappies and copious amounts of duck tape when polticing a foot. nappies are perfect shape for the horses foot and much easier to fit than gamgee!!
 

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That sounds like the most promising starting point!

And your sure you dont mind picking me up?

Lou x

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No probs hun
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High density foam makes a good frog support. Look in the supermarket for a gardeners kneeling board, about £2 each and will do 2 hooves. It compresses slightly under pressure and moulds to the foot. Cut it to the shape of the hoof, a bit of vetwrap to hold it then make a grid of duct tape shaped like a square and put that over the top.
 

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Yes it should only be on the frog, so you have to shape it to that.

It's a bit of a pain really, I think you need two pairs of hands, as you have to position it then bandage round it keeping it in the same place!!
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I was taught this by a very good equine vet and remedial farrier when working with them as part of my job. Im sure there are different schools of thought but basically the idea is the foam compresses under the weight of the horse. It therefore moulds to the shape of the foot/frog and gives support. The foam cant be as soft as polystyrene or a sponge, it needs to feel firm but will give if squeezed hard. Putting on just frog supports is harder because they can slip/move and need to be put on accurately in order not to push in the wrong place.
 

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I really can see your point.

When the vet put frog supports on mine he made them quite firm, not soft and slushy, and shaped them to the frog.

I can see that the foam would mould to the rest of the foot and the sole. Would you have to raise the frog part of the template slightly then? Sorry if that's a numpty question, I may have misinterpreted what you said
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As I understand it, if I put him on a deep shavings bed then I dont use frog supports?

I ask because last time he had lammi, we didn't do the frog supports, just the deep bed. We were lucky, no rotation that time (three months box rest!).

Horses! Worse than having children
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