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    06-20-2012, 12:21 AM
Infection/Disease Preventative?

Is there any products you use to prevent thrush or any infections/diseases in the hooves?

The climate here has been EXTREMELY wet so I want to make sure my horse is being protected.

I obviously know its important to clean them as much as possible, but is there anything more I can do?
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    06-20-2012, 01:47 AM
There are a couple of things I always recommend to my clients to help with their horses hoof health care. It's best when there are wet conditions that soaking therapies be used minimally. I do recommend keeping White Lightning (WL) around and treating with it as needed. I don't use it with the extra water as is recommended in the instructions and use only 1/3 cup WL and 1/3 cup White Vinegar in soaking bags/boots. Do this with hooves that have been cleaned well. It does a great job with any kind of hoof problem.

Then use No Thrush on it's own or as a follow up to dry the hoof and draw out any disease that might be hidden.

I don't like to use coatings on the hoof to keep water out since I want the hoof to be as flexible and natural as possible. If the trim is well balanced then dirt should fall out of the hoof on it's own and not pack in. This will reduce problems from thrush, etc.

Hope this helps,
Linda M
    06-21-2012, 11:30 AM
Green Broke
I used Thrush Buster 1-3 times a week in spring and anytime its muddy for more than a day. I would make her stand on concrete for at least a few minutes for it to soak in then put her back outside. It's expensive but the $17 bottle is only 1/3 empty after using for 3 months.

As of last trim there was absolutely no thrush :)

Oh and I know some people don't like this product because it supposedly kills off healthy tissue but be smart, don't cover the entire bottom of the hoof in the stuff (I've seen it done). Use sparingly.
    06-21-2012, 12:56 PM
I also use Thrush Buster as a preventative once a week. My horse has deep central sulci from poor hoof management before I got him, so while my farrier is working on getting his hooves back into good shape I'm doing my part to make sure his frogs don't get eaten up by thrush!

And Thrush Buster isn't a harsh product- its active ingredient is gentian violet, which can actually be used orally (in humans!)
    06-21-2012, 01:34 PM
Where can I purchase it?
    06-21-2012, 01:37 PM
For Thrush for me nothing works better than regular mouth wash! It kills the bacteria and smells much better than thrush buster and doesn't stain like it either
    06-21-2012, 01:37 PM
Green Broke
Tractor supply, fleet farm, almost any tack store should have it. Or online too. It's a pretty purple, but it will stain, FYI.
    06-21-2012, 01:42 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by shaggy    
for Thrush for me nothing works better than regular mouth wash! It kills the bacteria and smells much better than thrush buster and doesn't stain like it either

Wouldn't mouthwash wash right out if the horse is in mud? The iodine in thrush buster soaks in quickly. Also I don't think thrush buster has a smell.
    06-21-2012, 02:03 PM
Idk if does or not all I know is my horse doesn't have thrush anymore after I use it on him. Also I hold my horses hoof for a few minutes to let it sink in before I move on the next one.
    06-27-2012, 04:24 AM
The best preventative is to keep the feet otherwise healthy & provide as much dry footing as possible. Even if that's only a few inches deep of river pebbles in their hangout area, it's better than nothing. Thrush & WLD are opportunistic infections, meaning it's difficult for them to get a hold in sound, strong feet.

Agree with Mechanic about topicals & soaking, with the exception of a very strong saline soak - seems to help hooves cope with wet, due to osmosis.

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