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post #1 of 14 Old 05-18-2012, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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I am so sick of thrush

UGH!!! Sick and tired of thrush! I'm sick of my hands smelling disgusting from treating his feet (the smell seeps through gloves!), I'm tired of my back aching from treating his feet (I have an SI joint issue and he is a leaner). I'm so ready for it to just be all better.

When we got Jack 3 weeks ago he had thrush so bad/deep that he was lame and when I cleaned his hooves they bled.

And it's going to be a super long process, because I'm going to continue to treat until the deep, deep cracks in his central sulcus are grown out to the ideal divit. My farrier suggested switching up what treatment I use every 2 weeks, just to make sure we don't hit a plateau with the healing. I'm currently using ToDAY and will be switching to "Ramey's Goo" in a couple of days. Haven't decided yet what will be next. I'm also flushing his feet between cleaning and medicating with a disinfectant my farrier gave me. I think she said it's called triseptic (or something, flushing isn't as good as soaking, but soaking all four feet would be... pretty much impossible. He's stubborn as heck as it is.

I think I just wanted to vent. Maybe get some advice/support. Hear from people who have been there to tell me that it won't be long!
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-18-2012, 08:41 PM
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Tomorrow works better. Just keep plugging away is all I can advise, and I agree. I hate thrush also.

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post #3 of 14 Old 05-18-2012, 08:41 PM
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I purchased some of the 'dry' thrush powder. It seems to hold onto the icky gooey wet hoof areas. Thrush cleared fairly quick. This was in a 30 yr old horse that stands in his pee spots and is prone to abcess. Also another remedy that is a bit harsh , mix some bleach with some water and pour onto hoof.
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I'll second the dry thrush powder. Just make sure to brush it into all the nooks and crannies good.

At least it won't make your hands smell like the green liquid stuff does.

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post #5 of 14 Old 05-19-2012, 08:36 PM
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Are you using the nasty Koppertox stuff? I would advise you to try something else, the chemicals in it not only kill the thrush but the live tissue in the horses hoof. I would recommend apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle.

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post #6 of 14 Old 05-21-2012, 12:46 PM
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I pour bleach and water on mine, just don't get it on the skin or coranary band.
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SI joint issue....have you been to physical therapy (I assume you probably have)? What have you been doing for it?
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post #8 of 14 Old 05-21-2012, 01:31 PM
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Can't bleach kill live tissue as well?
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-21-2012, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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I don't use Koppertox or anything like that. I don't like things that kill live tissue. I forgot that the next thing I was planning on using is oil of oregano.

I looked up the dry thrush powder and the ingredients looked good, so I got a bottle of that and I started with it last night. I'll use it for a week or so and then I'll switch to something else for a bit.

His frogs are in the process of shedding right now, so he has lots of flaps/pockets that are a HUGE pain in the tush...I think when my farrier comes next week I'm going to ask her to please make my life easier and remove some of the flaps.

My SI joint... I've gone to a chiro and had it put back into place a couple of times (it comes way out of alignment) and there are some stretches/exersizes that can help to tighten the ligaments that hold it in place... But I'd gotten a bit lazy with it and then having the daily strain of Jack the king of leaning, plus that hunched over position.... Ugh.

Anyway, his hooves really are looking much much better, it's just a really long road because they were *so* bad.
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Not sure, its what my farrier told me so I never qeustioned it !
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