I am seeking some advice as I am feeling quite overwhelmed by the problem I have. Apologies in advance for the novel... feeling very disheartened!
Candy was diagnosed with an infection (thrush) in both front hooves on Monday, 16 April. Now that I understand what the problem is, I am extremly angry at myself for not being educated enough and not regonising the problem earlier. Because I understand it more now, I am aware that poor Candy has actually had this problem for quite some time (I am talking months - it was only until the lameness showed that I called the vet, if I had done it earlier the infection would not be this bad). What I don't understand, is why my farrier either didn't pick up on her slowing collapsing-inward and unhealthy frogs, or why he just didn't bother to tell me. But, you can't blame others and as a horse owner I should have been aware of this problem!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, enough sulking - the frogs have contracted inwards creating a nice juicy crack for bacteria to thrive. It is extremely sensitive to touch, and because of this I haven't even tried treatments I have read on the internet ie: pushing a cotton tip soaked in iodine/vinegar/pete's goo into the sulci to reach the bacteria. I literally can barely swab/pat the area with a soaked iodine gauze pad without her objecting.
The vet has prescribed daily iodine gauze wrapped in bandage along with iodine foot soaks, and trimming every 4 weeks. I have been doing this (bar the trimming as its only been 3 days), but I read that yes, iodine does kill the bacteria, but it also attacks new tissues which is completely dehabilitating in the long run for the growth of a healthy frog - which is needed to ultimately clear the infection up (NO cracks should be present - just a dip). Any cracks and the horse gets thrush all over again.
Has anyone else had experience clearing thrush with iodine? Today was the first day I managed to convince her to put her feet in the soaking boots and filled with warm water + iodine + epsom salts. Not sure if this will be that effective. Soaked each foot for 15 minutes then vet wrapped, nappied and duck taped both hooves.
Unfortunately is pouring rain here and me being in a paddock with no stables available or yards is not helping me keep the hooves dry OR clean (I have emailed two other places for temporary stabling or SOME kind of shelter so I can get this under control). I wrapped her this morning and its now 5:30pm, so I bet the duck tape is destroyed and her hooves are soaked all over again
So what has worked best for you and your thrush treatments, particularily those cases where the heels are contracted? And how long did it take to heal completely?
I've read about white lighting/white vinegar and oxine AH which treat the thrush without harming the good tissue... but both of these require plastic bag/sealed type of bag on the foot and my patient is as difficult as you can imagine. She would be terrified of anything plastic on her feet!
I bought a rubber matt for her to stand on (as there is no concrete clean surface at my paddock) and that didn't work as she is terrified of it and wont stand on it. Spent some time making her walk over it but couldn't get her to stand on it for more than a few minutes. So have been having to walk 2km each way to the wash bays down the other end of the property, takes me an hour of walking :((((((
Also saw that honey can help? Teatree oil...apple cider vinegar?
Waaaah I'm feeling so hopeless :(
The farrier is coming out tomorrow as she's due for a trim - not looking forward to this as she's so sensitive even with the bute. I'll see what he says and give you guys an update.