Originally Posted by RusticWildFire View Post
He soaked it and put formalin on it and instructed us to do the same the next day then not worry about it as it should be fine. I did that and then didn't worry so much - first stupid mistake. It was OK for a bit - I was doing frequent cleanings - but then it came back.
Yes, thrush does tend to come back, especially if the feet &/or environment isn't great. So don't 'worry' too much, but keep up the management. This year seems to have been a bad year for it everywhere. ACV is generally a pretty good deterrent and treatment of minor issues, but I'd use something like iodine, copper sulphate, etc for major infections. I would not put formalin anywhere near a horse's hoof... unless it was a cadaver. Ensuring the horses have a dry area at least to stand is a good idea. Creating an area of 'pea gravel' or such is good.
Also, this doesn't seem to really be so much in the frog as it is in the sole and along the edge of the hoof. Would this be more like white line disease?
Yes, when the laminae become separated & infection gets in, this is known as 'white line disease' 'seedy toe' etc. By the look of the pics, it may not be too severe yet, but you're right that 8 weeks is obviously far too long & the hooves are way overgrown, putting more stress on the laminae(among other areas), which can cause them to separate & allow the infection in. I think it's a very good idea to get their feet done every 4 weeks. That seems to be a pretty good schedule for most horses. Of course, being *well* trimmed is also important, and there are other important management steps you can take, so learning all you can about the principles & factors involved is a good idea, not only to get a better idea of whether this farrier's doing a decent job or not. Hoofrehab.com & barehoofcare.com are 2 good sites to begin with.
once/day right away and 1gm bute 2x/day, and this seems to have nearly resolved the issue. He only leans when he starts to get tired it seems like. But as a result of this the hoof he was leaning on is all broken off and uneven from the pressure and the hoof he was favoring (the one with the thrush) seems to be falling apart. My biggest concern is that the frog seems to be falling off. Could this be from lack of stimulation? Or would it be the thrush?
Poor boy. I personally wouldn't worry too much about his feet then, as there seems no real prospect of great improvement. I'd just concern yourself with keeping him comfortable & happy for his last few months... & if you can't, consider that a few months could possibly be too long for him. As for the frog, yes, 'if you don't use it, you lose it' so lack of stimulation does cause atrophy. Thrush also can cause this, but if you continue to manage the infection to keep it at bay it's unlikely to cause him any real drama in the ensuing months.
main one that has issues with the thrush and getting puss pockets in his frogs for some reason...while he gets regular trims and front shoes for some reason his frogs grow faster than most and I finally just broke down and bought a hoof knife so on days that are so wet I can make sure to keep his frogs trimmed up
Hadavis, this sounds like a serious issue and something is very not-right. Over trimming frogs can also cause infection too. It can be a good idea to trim away any daggy bits & flaps, to reduce the attractive environments for thrush, but I wouldn't generally advise doing more than that. Is it possible the heels are too high or such and the frogs are 'growing faster' because they're just trying to get to the ground for some support/stimulation(as they should)? I find that, if I trim something I think is in excess and it quickly grows right back, it may have needed to be there for some reason and it was a mistake of me to remove it. Otherwise is it possible it's canker? That is definitely not a condition to mess around with.