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  • Thrush in horses and snow
  • Will snow help horses with thrush

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    12-15-2012, 07:17 PM
Green Broke
Grrr thrush....again....

So I know all the mixes of stuff to put on once a horse has thrush but I'm wondering what I can do to prevent it in the first place?

It's winter, well kind of, we got 17 inches of snow last weekend and now it's been raining all so now it's just really cold mud. Lizzy's frogs are gross back by the heel. Not so much a crack just like disintegrating. She is stalled right now and has been since last night due to the rain and the awesome cold she also has. So I put thrushbuster in it, which has worked wonders every other time, I love the stuff. But really when does this battle end? She cannot be stalled every night, she's not on stall board and I can't afford that right now.

Her feet are cleaned out everyday and really there hasn't been anything stuck in her hooves when I pull her out of her paddock. She also has a lot of room and only by the gate is muddy. But it is snowy around or well what is now left of it.

So preventatives? If there is such a thing I suppose. I have apple cidar vinegar but I feel that didn't do a whole lot, thrushbuster worked better and the acv certainly didn't help prevent anything.
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    12-15-2012, 07:28 PM
I've Heard Clorox Bleach knocks it right out.

Oh, prevention.. Keep the foot Dry, and clean. Keep it trimmed regularly, if barefoot. If shoed, just keep it clean, and free of moisture.
    12-15-2012, 07:32 PM
If she is in straw, being stalled won't help. Urine breaks down straw quickly into a wonderful growing home for the fungi that causes Thrush.
Shavings are better, but clean and dry and air is key. Daily cleaning along the grooves beside the frog and the central sulcas. Iodine products help to clear it.
    12-15-2012, 07:32 PM
Green Broke
I don't use bleach for anything. Seriously I get the purple thrush stuff all over I don't need to be bleaching my clothing lol. Plus bleach is bad on healthy tissue and since this is in her frog I don't want to risk it.
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    12-15-2012, 07:33 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by WSArabians    
If she is in straw, being stalled won't help. Urine breaks down straw quickly into a wonderful growing home for the fungi that causes Thrush.
Shavings are better, but clean and dry and air is key. Daily cleaning along the grooves beside the frog and the central sulcas. Iodine products help to clear it.
No straw, wouldn't even know where to get it. Shavings and her stall is kept clean. She only goes in one spot. Thrush buster is iodine stuff that's why I have purple fingers for weeks lol.
    12-15-2012, 07:35 PM
Lol, that wouldn't be good. I know it kills the fungi right away, but can be bad for their skin, and I hate the smell.. It literally stays in my nose for days, lol. But, also, dry dirt packed in the hoof will help.
    12-15-2012, 07:43 PM
Green Broke
How does dry dirt help?

This picture was this week just before the rain. Don't think I will be digging up any dry dirt anytime soon lol.
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    12-15-2012, 07:47 PM
Keeps the moisture out. Thrush is caused by moist conditions, having mud packed in their hoofs. Dirt is dry. My mare had thrush, after it rained, and made their pasture a mud lot, and I turned them into the dry pasture, with lots of loose dirt, and it went away on It's own. I never put anything on it, lol.
    12-15-2012, 07:50 PM
Green Broke
She gets thrush in the middle of summer during a drought. Thrush doesn't just come when it's wet that's why I battle it year round.

I was hoping the cold would prevent it but I suppose she had thrush last February too....I've decided it's because I see my horse everyday to care for her that all this stuff happens to me.
    12-15-2012, 07:51 PM
I'm fighting a bit of thrush right now myself. We keep getting either rain or some snow, then it kind of warms up and melts all the snow and dirt for that matter, turns it into gooey mud. Just when I think I have it under control, it starts all over again. I've been using this stuff called Jim Rickens, it's an awesome sole hardener, kills thrush, treats bruises and absesses too. It contains iodine, so it does tend to dye my skin if I spill it on me. But it works!
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