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    10-31-2013, 05:35 PM
  #21
Foal
Oxine

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Originally Posted by 80acorns    
Soak w oxine ah. You can buy it on Amazon.
HOOFsmart Treat and Prevent Hoof Infections with Oxine AH

I never trimmed anything and used the plactic-y pet food bags for soaking. It really works wonders.


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Yes, Oxine is the same as the "White Lightning" marketed for thrush. But cheaper per ounce. When mixed with vinegar, it forms Chlorine dioxide gas which is VERY safe and will penetrate the crevices. Soak for 1/2 hour each foot in soaking boot ( I used gallon zip loc bags, duct tape and vetwrap).
     
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    11-01-2013, 08:12 PM
  #22
KAB
Foal
Thumbs up Best thrush remedy

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Originally Posted by TurkishVan    
Pine tar. Pure and simple.

Pick out the hoof, brush it with a stiff brush, and apply the pine tar nice and thick over the entire underside of the hoof. Then carefully set down the hoof in a pile of fresh sawdust, allow the horse to put their full weight down, and "pack" it in.

People laugh at me, but pine tar was made for hoof abcesses and thrush. It also cleanses cuts very well, but I highly recommend it for hoof care. The pine tar will suck out the crap, without drying the hoof out, and the sawdust pad will fall off after a day. Usually you only have to do it for a couple of days straight, and the thrush is gone. Provided the environment is clean, mind you...
I tried this today and it made my horse 95% better in just 6 hours!THANK You so much!!!
     
    11-01-2013, 09:27 PM
  #23
Trained
By far the best product for me is Oxine. Mix it with 1/4 white vinegar, wait for the chemical reaction to take place, soak for 20 minutes, and all the bad buggies are very much dead. I LOVE that stuff.
     
    11-01-2013, 10:46 PM
  #24
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
By far the best product for me is Oxine. Mix it with 1/4 white vinegar, wait for the chemical reaction to take place, soak for 20 minutes, and all the bad buggies are very much dead. I LOVE that stuff.

Well I will have to get that and give it a try been battling thrush now for weeks....closer to a month now.
     
    11-03-2013, 07:59 AM
  #25
Foal
I had a moderate case on my mare (just one hoof) and I used a combo of this recommended by people: started with a couple days of sugardine treatments, consistently flushed with iodine the first week then moved on to alternating between Apple cider vinegar spray and athletes foot powder. I guess I took the 'throw the kitchen sink at it approach'! But it did work! Just noticed yesterday that the sulcus crack was almost totally filled in (took 3 weeks). I was very happy :)

I live in a really wet environment so I'm going to spray with the cider vinegar a couple times a week and use the powder if I suspect anything is creeping up- def need prevention around here.
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    11-05-2013, 11:22 PM
  #26
Foal
^we have very wet ground as well at the moment. The mud seems to be two feet thick :(

Anyone know if treatment for shod horses is any different? The only horse with shoes that I ride has a VERY persistent case of thrush.
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    11-06-2013, 01:51 PM
  #27
Weanling
Treatment is the same for shod horses
     
    11-06-2013, 01:56 PM
  #28
Green Broke
Shod horses are a lot more susceptible to thrush and frog issues. When shod, the frog does not make contact with the ground. Therefore the frog does not receive as much blood flow as it would if it were able to impact the ground with each step. This leads to weaker, softer frogs that are more easily infected. Treatment would be the same, though.

I also find that shod horses more commonly have contacted heels with deep sulcus thrush. For this, I would definitely use Ramey's 50/50 triple antibiotic cream and athlete's foot cream with a catheter tip syringe to get deep down into the sulcus.
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    11-06-2013, 02:31 PM
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My horses have had thrush now for over a month and their barefoot haven't been shod this summer or fall. Never had an issue with thrush last year when they were shod from april into december.

In all the years they been shod never any thrush now their barefoot its never ending so not sure I buy the shod hoofs are more prone deal.
     
    11-06-2013, 03:25 PM
  #30
Green Broke
I wouldnt be inclined to say they never had thrush unless I had picked their feet out daily. That and environment could have been different those years. Two-three years ago we had the worst drought in decades. I never had to worry about thrush. This winter and summer have been unbelievably wet and I've been staying on top of their feet with daily picking and prevention through either ACV, Durasole, or Spectrasan. Their feet have gotten a little thrushy this year because of the crazy rain and mud, especially my pony who is naturally higher heeled and has slightly contracted heels. He is more susceptible to thrush than my yearling.

I didn't say ALL shod horses will get thrush, I just think ime they are more susceptible especially with a crappy shoeing job that leaves their heels contracted. A mare in trimming right now has only been out of shoes for a couple months. When she was first moved to our barn by her new owner, she had the worst deep sulcus thrush is ever seen with severely contracted heels from the shoes. And yet she had so much retained sole that her sole was bulbous. The sole was higher than the hoof wall, which must have been extremely painful. I told her owner, who is great at following directions, to pick her feet every day, spray them with ACV, and apply Rameys goo at least once a week into her sulcus. Within a week all the excess sole had shed off itself(there was seriously about an inch and a half of excess sole) and her sulcus was starting to open up. Now her thrush is almost completely gone and it definitely will be once I slowly take down her high heels, open up her sulcus completely, and get her frog making contact with the ground. The difference already is night and day, just thanks to her owner picking and treating them every day.

ETA: Ignore all the typos. I'm on my iPod haha
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