My horse has soft lumps on her feet. They don't smell and don't seem to bother her. What is this and how is it treated?

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Customer: My horse has soft white lumps on her feet. They don't smell and don't seem to bother her. What is this and how is it treated?
Answered by Keith Taraba, DVM in 25 mins 11 years ago
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Keith Taraba, DVM
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Are the bumps on the hoof or on the skin? Are they on the front, side or back?
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They are mostly in the V in the centre of the frog. They seem to be spreading back on the skin behind the hoof. By the way, they only appeared in the snow and cold weather of the past few weeks.
Do they peel away if you pick at them with your hoof pick? How big are the bumps?
Customer
They longer ones can be cut off. The largest ones, in the V of the frog, are about 3/4 inch long and 1/2 inch in diameter. The others, on the back of her foot, are wider and shallower.
I would have your farrier out to pare the lumps off and clean up the frog. Follow this with topical treatment using strong iodine daily while keeping the hooves clean and dry.
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