Last week I noticed one of our girls limping. Was able to round her up and the tell tale black scab was on her swollen pad. The hubby and I attempted to do the surgery on her Sunday and ended up getting the scab off. We worked on her for 1 1/2 hrs, soaking it and digging at it and soaked it some more and dug more but are not sure we got the plug if there is one. We bandaged her up and let her go back to playing with her friends. Tonight we took off the bandage and cleaned it up again and the lower pad near her back toe seems to be softer than previously but from the hole up towards the middle toe is very hard. If you look at the pictures below, there is the hole that we cut open but towards the top of the pad, there is an oval area that is 2 different colors (light and darker middle) to it but not like the scab (this was black) that seems like a callus, thou not sure. The hubby wanted to cut open that part but I am hesitant to have him do that as I do not know what it is. Any suggestions ??