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    09-26-2012, 11:20 AM
  #1
Green Broke
Cracks in heel

So Lizzy has cracks on each side of the frog and then a little on in the middle of the frog in the back/heel area.

What to do to keep thrush out and get cracks to leave?

She has shoes in the front but this is not the cause as she has these cracks on all four feet. It has been extremely dry out. And no we are not to overflow the water troughs, mud is very drying.

Thrushbuster? I have some but I'm afraid to put it in the cracks as I usually use it around the frog when she had thrush there in spring.

Ideas? Shoes come off end of next week so I will be getting farriers advice but would like to fix this soon as they are getting worse.
     
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    09-26-2012, 07:38 PM
  #2
Foal
I have always used bleach water. It works wonders! I usually put around a quarter of a cup to a regular 32 ounce spray bottle and fill it the rest of the way with water.

Do this twice a day and the thrush should be gone within a week.
     
    09-26-2012, 07:39 PM
  #3
Foal
Greer I wrote spray it on her frog and heels twice a day lol
     
    09-26-2012, 07:48 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I don't know if she has thrush yet. But I don't want her to get thrush in those cracks. So I would like something to heal the cracks. I don't like bleach it bothers my nose and eyes, and I'm clumsy so there's a good chance I would accidentally bleach my clothes lol.
     
    09-26-2012, 08:01 PM
  #5
Foal
Lol! Well.... Hmmm I have heard that used motor oil works for cracks but I'm havent tried it myself... So no experience there ;)
     
    09-26-2012, 08:57 PM
  #6
Trained
Bleach? Motor oil? I hope you're kidding. Can you say caustic? Not much you can do to overcome dry conditions other than soak the feet in water for a few minutes. It won't help dry walls at all, but it might help his cracked heels. Maybe try soaking in a water to 1/4 cider vinegar solution. It'll give you the moisture plus the thrush deterring effects of the vinegar.
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    09-26-2012, 09:13 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Well I do have apple cidar vinegar. But I'm not sure I have the right stuff? Does it matter what brand or kind it is?

Also have you ever heard of that udder balm stuff? It's like a heavy cream I started putting it on but I wasn't sure if it was actually working.
     
    09-26-2012, 09:16 PM
  #8
Trained
Any cider vinegar will do. As for the balm, guess it can't hurt. I was going to suggest vasoline. Anything meant for moisturizing might help.
     
    09-26-2012, 09:51 PM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Bleach? Motor oil? I hope you're kidding. Can you say caustic? Not much you can do to overcome dry conditions other than soak the feet in water for a few minutes. It won't help dry walls at all, but it might help his cracked heels. Maybe try soaking in a water to 1/4 cider vinegar solution. It'll give you the moisture plus the thrush deterring effects of the vinegar.
I actually got that advise from several reputable farriers and veterinarians. The bleach is for thrush and motor oil is for cracked heels. I have used the bleach a few times on thrush and it works great. As for the motor oil, Im not sure on that. I have complete trust in everyone of the people I talked to for a response. =) To each his own.
     
    09-26-2012, 09:52 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Hmm well vasoline is cheaper, perhaps I will pick up some of that tomorrow.

Thank you for your help.
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