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    11-10-2013, 05:10 PM
I borrowed this from Pete Ramey's site. Pete has rehabbed hundreds of horses.
Fungus is usually primary with a secondary bacterial infection eating tissue. Whatever you use, don’t use something that kills live tissue. While Kopertox is traditionally used to treat thrush, it is a nasty poison, both for us and the horses, and the environment. It also kills live tissue, providing more "food" for the invading organisms. I personally have had very good results with a product called White Lightening from Grand Circuit. These products should be used when the thrush is invasive and wide spread. Lysol Concentrate – All Purpose, any color, can also be used. Mix according to directions at 2 oz per gallon. Do not make it any stronger. Do 30 minute soaks three times per week. EasyCare Soaker boots work very nicely for soaking.
For deep central sulcus thrush ( that crevice I talked about above), use what I call "Ramey Goo". This is a 50/50 combination of Triple Antibiotic Ointment and 1% Clotrimazole Athletes Foot Cream that Pete Ramey came up with and has had much success with. (Generic Brand is fine) I buy 1 oz tubes of each, mix them together in a small container and then use a small spatula to put some in a 60cc catheter tip syringe. The easiest way to get the goop out of the tubes is to cut off the bottom of the tube and squeeze it out rather than trying to squeeze it out the tip of the tube. When you use two 1 oz tubes, you end up with 2 oz's of cream. Only put 1/2 to 1 oz of the cream in the syringe at a time or you won't be able to hold the syringe in one hand and plunge the "goo" into the crevice.
Do not tolerate deep crevices in the sulcus! This is not normal. It’s not so much about the “stuff” we treat it with as is the stimulation required for healing. Every pressure and release action stimulates growth. Foam rubber (like using boots with pads and exercising the horse) and 4” deep pea gravel work wonders. If you beat thrush in the sulcus, you’ll beat it everywhere else.
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    11-14-2013, 03:11 PM
With Apple Cider Vinegar, you put that straight on? Or do you need to dilute it? My girl has stinky feet right now, but we're still working on handling her feet, so I need something I can get on her quick.
    11-14-2013, 03:31 PM
Green Broke
You can dilute it of you want, but I usually just spray it straight on.
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    11-14-2013, 03:34 PM
Can I put it in a squirt bottle, like a condiment bottle? With a green horse who doesn't like having her feet handled, adding the scary spray bottle on top of it might be angling for trouble.

She's good with one or the other, both might be too much.
    11-14-2013, 03:41 PM
Originally Posted by Chessie    
Can I put it in a squirt bottle, like a condiment bottle? With a green horse who doesn't like having her feet handled, adding the scary spray bottle on top of it might be angling for trouble.

She's good with one or the other, both might be too much.
Dont see why a squirt bottle wouldnt work better then scaring your green horse.
    11-14-2013, 03:43 PM
I'll try that then, thanks.
    11-14-2013, 05:18 PM
Green Broke
If she's fine with fly spray, she'll be fine with the spray bottle. If you used a squirt bottle, you'd end up getting it all over yourself as well.

Maybe a squirt gun? That would make cleaning time interesting.
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    11-14-2013, 05:21 PM
We've been working on desensitizing to spray bottles using water, then listerine because we had some rain rot trouble, and then fly spray. She's pretty good now with spraying, but she's not 100%. Every so often she shies away from it, and I just keep spraying until she's quiet again. I don't want her to try to do that while I've got her hoof.

I know it is the sound that gets her. She's a mustang from rattlesnake country, and those two sounds are eerily similar. I think I'll try a squirt bottle that doesn't "hiss" at her.
    11-14-2013, 05:25 PM
Hmmm. I am going to have to try apple cider vinegar since Dixie's fronts and her right rear is still not completely healed from her cause of thrush.

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