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    09-07-2012, 10:09 PM
Encouraging healthy hooves?

Okay, so as I was picking out Indie's feet today, I noticed that she has more terrible feet than I thought. As in, her frog is in terrible shape.. and on her hind right leg, is basically half gone. The vet said it'd grow back, but I wanted to find out if there's anything I can do to help it out.

Thanks so much! :)
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    09-07-2012, 10:15 PM
While I have no pics to go on, I wouldn't necessarily agree with a wait and see approach when it comes to frogs. If they are thrushy, it must be addressed or all it's going to do it get worse. Do you have any pics you can post? There is plenty of benefit by having good healthy frogs on a horse. The road you take to get there depends on what shape the frogs are currently in.
    09-07-2012, 10:17 PM
She said that Indie did have a bit of thrush so she was using iodine on her feet.. the vet had said to use ThrushBuster as she said it's produced good results. Should I try that?

I'll try to get pictures tomorrow morning.
    09-07-2012, 10:23 PM
If it's really deep, gooey thrush, I don't think Thrush Buster would be very effective. For more nasty cases of thrush, I would start with soakings in 1/4 cider vinegar to water solution every other day and combine that with every other day applications of Tomorrow Dry Cow. Tractor Supply sells it. Cheap and very effective.

I recently came across a new treatment that seems to kill everything in every crevice and crack possible. Its this stuff called Oxine. You combine it with white vinegar, wait for a chemical reaction to occur and soak the foot in that for 20 minutes every few days. I saw dramatic improvement in my horse's frogs in a very short period of time. I'm not sure how caustic that stuff is to produce results like that, but if you're dealing with a horse who's in pain or has frogs beyond repair, who cares!

If it is a more simple case of surface thrush, I like the dry power "no thrush". You sprinkle it on. It sticks to the frog and works for a few days.

Hope that helps.
    09-07-2012, 10:30 PM
Thanks! I'll look for it when I go to the farm store tomorrow.. and if I can't find it, I'll get my mom to check TSC over cross. It looks to be just a surface case of it, but I'd like to get it gone and I'd love to see her frog start to grow back.
    09-08-2012, 12:04 PM
The easiest thing to use is the Apple Cider Vinegar/water mixture. I make a boot or use a davis soaking type boot so that I can leave the mixture on for a while without standing there getting bent out of shape when they won't keep that foot in the soaking tub.. And mine won't do it.. lol Very effective way to soak.. :)
    09-08-2012, 12:54 PM
If it's been treated the frog will grow back. I'd have a competent farrier look at it to make sure the thrush is gone, because vets usually don't know much about feet. And have the farrier recommended the appropriate treatment if needed.

Ehm...if I remember right I said to have a look at her feet, too, since TB's are notorious for bad feet....
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    09-08-2012, 02:19 PM
We're going to likely be arranging an appointment with the farrier next week.. since she last had her feet done on July 27 so it's time for them to get done. I'll have him take a good look at it.

And I've heard that many, many times, haha.. I just said to myself, "Indie, you are no exception" and then just picked out her feet. The frog didn't seem to be soft or anything when I touched it though.
    09-08-2012, 02:42 PM
Not sure if I mentioned it when you were asking about feed, but I'd send mom to TSC and get a bag of Omega Horseshine. That stuff is awesome. Super shiny coat, silky mane and tail, no ShoSheen needed, and hooves grow better and stronger. It helps with the weight issue too. You might want to read up on it
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    09-08-2012, 02:48 PM
I'll have to ask her. I can't go overcross until I get a passport.. because although I'd been going over with a birth certificate and picture ID since July, one officers said that "all the other border workers must've been off their rocker" haha. I'll research it some too! Thanks! :)

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