I think my pony has hoof thrush ???

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    06-03-2014, 03:58 PM
Question I think my pony has hoof thrush ???


I was picking out my ponies feet today after bringing in as normal and I noticed a horrid smell coming from them. At first I thought it was just some muck he'd stood in but I picked it out and it was like black mud-looking dirt and very smelly..even my pony noticed and started to look around as if to see where it was coming from!
His feet were in poor condition before I had him, as he was neglected by previous owners but it was soon sorted on a good diet and dry bedding.
Anyway... I've researched it and its starting to sound like hoof thrush and requires veterinary treatment !!
He has no lameness and is standing correctly on all four, not heel high, in no discomfort.

If anyone has experience this sort of problem before I would be grateful for some advice :)
Thanks x
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    06-03-2014, 07:14 PM
Please search the forum for this topic. This has been covered numerous times. Also, pictures would be helpful because the most important thing is proper hoof trimming and care.
    06-03-2014, 07:44 PM
It really sounds like thrush, however, there is no way, via internet, to be certain. Ask your farrier when he comes out next. Or just be precautionary and spray the hoof down with an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial spray.
    06-03-2014, 08:40 PM
Yeah, thrush is common & not generally a veterinary emergency. Like 'seedy toe/white line disease' it is an opportunistic infection that gets into unhealthy tissue. So take it as a sign that all is not right, environment or state of feet, trim off any daggy bits and treat with a broad spectrum disinfectant. I'd avoid heavy chemicals on the frog though, stick to t-tree oil or some such. Healthy diet will be helpful, as is well balanced nutrition, for reducing a horse's susceptibility.
    06-04-2014, 02:22 PM
Thank you for your help ! I have the farrier coming out next week so shall as him :)
Thanks again x
    06-05-2014, 10:23 AM
While your waiting for you farrier pick those feet out as much as possible and spray some vinegar, apple cider is best but the other will do, on them. There are a lot of thrush meds available that work. Drying it out is the key. If it's something that just getting started it's pretty easy to knock out.

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