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    12-18-2012, 08:43 PM
I'm really starting to love Ramey goo...50% athlete's foot cream and 50% antibiotic ointment. Every other day or so, I've been working that stuff into every crevice and his frogs have actually been improving despite the extreme mud conditions we are currently dealing with.

Also love the Dawn dish soap. Both are cheap and very effective.
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    12-18-2012, 09:12 PM
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Sorry I'm late to the party guys...
Originally Posted by twp    
Thrush is caused by moist conditions, having mud packed in their hoofs.
Not always.

Originally Posted by poppy1356    
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.
My horse also had thrush this summer during the draught.
Everything was bone dry and he still had it. No one else did though.

I was frustrated and did some research on the various things to use and somewhere (I forget where) I found articles and data that showed high iron levels, as well as some other diet imbalences, could confound the issue and possibly set a horse up to have problems with it.
The data showed that raising the zinc and copper levels could be beneficial.

I live in a naturally high iron area (soils and water-despite filters too) and unknowingly had my horse on a vitamin supp with iron included.
I knew the iron was in it, but didn't know about the connection to the possible thrush issues with the hoof.

Anyway, in addition to using the various things to treat (I found the dry cow mastitis antibiotic cream to work the best initially) I switched my horse over to a hoof supp. Without added iron, but with higher levels of zinc and copper as well as higher biotin levels.

That seemed to really make a difference.
    12-18-2012, 10:18 PM
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Ahhhh the iron would make sense. She's been on red cell for 6 mo but I recently took her off last week. So maybe that wasn't helping.

Does the antibiotic cream and stuff freeze? My barn isn't heated and its cold now lol.
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    12-19-2012, 12:17 AM
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Those types of medications and creams should be kept in a temp controlled area because generally below freezing, or above 80 degrees can often render them ineffective.
It does depend on what is in them as to the specific temp variations though. I keep my meds in the house in a cool room or the basement.
Plain ointments, fly sprays, soaps, etc... I leave in the barn.
    12-20-2012, 02:29 PM
ThushBuster can be used as a preventive- just reapply when the color goes away. I've also heard of people using Pete's Goo, apple cider vinegar, listerine, diluted bleach, etc. to keep it at bay. My vet always tells me that keeping the hoof picked out and dry is the best treatment Contracted heels will also contribute to a deep central sulcus where thrush can thrive and make it an ongoing battle. Also, keep any ragged bits trimmed off the frog.

If you're not cleaning the stall out yourself, keep an eye on it and make sure it's getting done properly- I suspected the wet stuff wasn't getting taken out of my horse's stall (just the poo) and started giving it a 2nd cleaning myself in the evenings. Just recently I was actually there in the morning while my horse was still turned out and saw the "freshly cleaned stall"... and yep, was not happy with it... poo removed, wet spot where he always pees still there, about a fork full of clean shavings spread just inside the door.
    12-20-2012, 02:42 PM
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I clean her stall daily so I know it's done properly :) I suppose I can just apply the thrush buster weekly.
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    12-21-2012, 06:09 PM
Originally Posted by poppy1356    
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.
Alcohol will wipe the thrush buster right off fingers...easy as pie.
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    12-21-2012, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by acorn    
Alcohol will wipe the thrush buster right off fingers...easy as pie.
Really? It's all over everything lol.
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    12-21-2012, 10:00 PM
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I forget what is in ThrushBuster, but alcohol will remove gentian violet, which is the purple in BluKote and some thrush treatments.
Alcohol is a solvent and a cleaner. It will take off permanent marker too... depending on the surface.
It will remove "gummy" stuff like the label you peeled of a glass dish which left behind all the sticky stuff. Rub with alcohol and the gummy stuff will come right off.
Or, if you need to clean a quality set of scissors or a high dollar knife... rub with alcohol. What's left behind evaporates so there is no worry about moisture remaining on the blade to invite break down or rusting.
    12-21-2012, 10:02 PM
Has anyone tried the powder version of Thrushbuster? I just started using it today. I squirted some of the powder into the central sulcus and packed with cotton. Let me know if someone else has used this product....

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