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post #11 of 14 Old 12-18-2011, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Islandrea View Post
Tnavas - This is super helpful, even though I'm not original poster. Very interesting! Do you have any recommended supplements for copper and zinc (I can easily search this, but if you've had success with something I would trust that more) I'm guessing the moisture from the baby oil won't hurt anything. Also, this relates to a question I asked earlier, but do you oil hooves throughout winter? Would you oil even though thrush is present?
Just look at the basic supplements that are available and check the % of Copper and Zinc in them, choose the ones with the highest %. I'm in NZ so can't give you any particular brand names - I currently have a mutli mineral block in my horses paddock which they can access whenever they like. Since adding the Zinc and Copper through the supplements mine have not had mudfever and I have a large number of white socks to deal with.
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-18-2011, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Tnavas View Post
Thrush stinks like diarrohea dog poo! Sorry to be so discriptive! If it doesn't smell disgusting then it isn't thrush.
Thrush can develop from a range of different bugs and can develop differently in different areas. It's true that thrush is generally stinky, but it's not always very smelly at all, or the same smell.

OP, I'm with the rest of repliers that don't do hoof goop. Here is one link to some research done on different hoof concoctions; The Horse | Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show Thrush bugs are also anaerobic, meaning they don't like being open to the air, so if there's any risk of thrush, sealing the bugs under a coat of oil can really encourage them.

If you can't get them out of a boggy paddock, at least if you could provide a dry area for them to spend some time daily on would be helpful. Putting pea gravel or course sand down in their hangout areas is great, if that's a possibility.
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-19-2011, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeffrey89 View Post
Thanks a lot for sharing. Please tell me one thing about the hoof oil.
Is it only for pets? I mean, human being can't use it?
Don't laugh, it premature...:)
What were you thinking of using it for??
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-31-2011, 05:29 AM
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Please read the article posted earlier by loosie. I almost ruined my geldings feet with hoof oil. I softened the hoof wall with to much oil. We are still dealing with some flaring caused by this. I am glad I saw a previous post of someone asking about hoof oils. I still oil (Rainmaker Brand) Rascals feet, but now I only do it about every 21 days.And I ONLY oil the hoof wall, not the sole.

I don't know if you can get it, but there is a product called Today/Tomorrow for dry cow mastitis. That is the best thing I have ever seen for thrush!!! My Rascal had thrush off and on for months! I tried everything. I soaked, disinfected, kopertoxed ,lysoled, I even bleached once. I got desperate and posted on the forum finally.

I posted here about the thrush and got some REALY good advice.Someone on the forum told me to find the Today and use it. It worked like a CHARM!
I cleaned his hooves and washed them in disinfectant. I scrubbed them totally clean with a wire brush. I trimmed all the little flaps/tags off his frogs. I trimmed that nasty looking tissue away period. I took a toothbrush and scrubbed his frogs again after I trimmed them up some. Then I applied the Today to the clean dry frogs.

It comes in a syringe type tube, poke it down in the cleft and push until you have a small amount of the medication seeping out. If the thrush is bad I'd be careful how far I poked since it makes them sore sometimes.Then I poked cotton down in the cleft of the frog to keep the meds deep in there. His first treatment I covered his feet with a pair of latex gloves and some duct tape for about 2 hours. Just to give it a kick start on the thrush. It was overkill I was later told LOL

I treated his frogs every other day for 10 days. Within 10 days he shed some nasty looking tissue and his frogs were looking awesome:) No more ouchy feet, stinky gross frogs, and no more head banging on the desk because I couldn't get rid of it.

This was also by far the cheapest and easiest fix for the thrush that I have ever found! I think I went through 6 tubes,small sized, at about 2.79 a tube. I spent triple that on just Lysol which he HATED.

One great thing to remember, keep those hooves clean, and the tags trimmed off the frogs. Thrush loves to find little hidey holes.

I miss you Rascal. Every day, all day.

Last edited by Rascaholic; 12-31-2011 at 05:30 AM. Reason: paragraphs make easier reading ;)
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