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    03-20-2012, 11:24 PM
Horse hoof cankers

First time I ever heard of it was a couple days ago. Anyone have any experience with this condition? What causes it?
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    03-21-2012, 01:03 AM
Originally Posted by Crossover    
First time I ever heard of it was a couple days ago. Anyone have any experience with this condition? What causes it?
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    03-21-2012, 01:15 PM
I don't know if you are dealing with a horse who has canker or just curious about it, but I thought I would share.

I just came back from my mailbox with a new issue of Horse Sport magazine, in it, in the news section was a brand new product that treats canker. I remembered seeing a question on the horseforum about canker and just thought I would let you know about it.

It is called Purple Mush Hoof Packing. It is made by Well-Horse. It is a 100% natural salve. In tests it was found to resolve even the most severe cases of canker in 2 weeks.

The cost is $100/hoof for the standard size, $200/hoof for the large size. It includes instructions, a glove and enough packing product to conduct 2 five- day hoof packing treatments.

Website is Well-Horse Natural and Organic treats Horse Wounds, Horse Skin Fungus, Horse Thrush, Horse Laminitis, Founder, Rain Rot, Scratches
    03-22-2012, 06:56 AM
Originally Posted by HorsesAreMyPassion    
It is called Purple Mush Hoof Packing. It is made by Well-Horse. It is a 100% natural salve. In tests it was found to resolve even the most severe cases of canker in 2 weeks.
That would be pretty awesome if it does as it claims, as it seems that canker is not something to be taken at all lightly & surgical debridement seems to be the only effective treatment to date. I think it's still a largely mysterious condition. It would be well worth the $100 per hoof if it works.
    03-22-2012, 09:03 PM
Green Broke
Years ago I was given a horse with canker. They were going to put him down because he kept getting thrush. I opened my mouth and told them you don't put a horse down for thrush. Next thing I knew he was on a trailer and headed to my house. Turned out to be Canker. Tried everything under the sun even surgical debridment followed by weeks of washing, packing and metrondiazol. It got worse.

I finally gave him to a rescue and they brought him to an equine hospital. Everything that was done there failed too. Even in dry and sterile hospital stalls it couldn't be stopped. Eventually the horse had to be put down. The rescue and I both spent thousands of dollars to save this beautiful animal. Just couldn't beat it.
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    03-22-2012, 11:32 PM
Clicked 'like' to Sue's post above, which is not really true... it's depressing, but unfortunately realistic, unlike, I suspect the claim of the new goop.... tho I truly hope I'm wrong!
    03-22-2012, 11:49 PM
I have my doubts that the purple mush does what it says, just thought I would mention it though, can't hurt to try I guess.

I do know of a horse who had canker, it too went to the vet's to be sedated so that they could debride it, after a lot of time spent trying to get rid of it and trying just about everything possible, it just wouldn't go away. I am not sure where the horse is now or if they ever did manage to get rid of the canker.
    03-22-2012, 11:56 PM
Thanks guys for the info. Never had heard of this before and see if other had and what they did with it. I'm always one for learning. There is a bit on the web but I like to hear first hand accounts.
Sorry to hear about your horse Sue... it's hard when you try and no matter what you do life has its own idea.
    03-23-2012, 07:34 AM
Green Broke
I doubt it works too. It would be well worth the price if it did. I really tried everything and I suspect the equine hospital did as well. Best we did was slow it down.

I have heard tales of recovery by letting the horse loose for a year in the high desert. If it worked I'm guessing the canker was just starting and hadn't really gotten hold.

Loosie, I know what you meant. I'm not much of a coward when it comes to horses with problems but if I were offered another one with canker I'd run away. I was told repeatedly that his problem was thrush. Had they said Canker I doubt I would have let them dump him on me and it certainly won't happen again.

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