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    12-12-2012, 03:40 AM
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I use cider vinegar daily, I have a 10% bleach solution I have used also. A product that is very good is Life Data. http://www.lifedatalabs.com/life-dat...nfectantr.html . It is expensive though. I used to clean with vinegar, wait for it to dry then paint on a bit of LD.


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    12-12-2012, 03:40 AM
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Hi Whistler, as you can see there are a range of different topicals you can use to kill the bugs. Nothing short of heavy chemicals works reliably every time, so if something like ACV isn't working for you, just move on. Sometimes the 'big guns' might be a good move too, but IMO it's best to avoid harmful chems where possible.

Management & hoof health is important to get a handle on though, because thrush is just an opportunistic infection, like seedy toe, that only affects unhealthy tissue. So you can look at it as a symptom, rather than the basic problem. Contracted heels(deep, closed central sulci) are a big problem & dry footing where possible & lots of exercise including good heel use is helpful. Keeping a horse cooped up in a stable is not the best, but it may be the 'better evil' if it's the only dry footing your horse has. I'd just get rid of the deep bedding & allow them to stand on hard, dry flooring.
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    12-18-2012, 09:52 AM
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Pete Ramey says to use 50/50% mix of Neosporin & Althletes foot creme (with 1% clotrimazole ) both over the counter products... Have never tried it but I plan to!
     
    12-18-2012, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Hi Whistler, as you can see there are a range of different topicals you can use to kill the bugs. Nothing short of heavy chemicals works reliably every time, so if something like ACV isn't working for you, just move on. Sometimes the 'big guns' might be a good move too, but IMO it's best to avoid harmful chems where possible.

Management & hoof health is important to get a handle on though, because thrush is just an opportunistic infection, like seedy toe, that only affects unhealthy tissue. So you can look at it as a symptom, rather than the basic problem. Contracted heels(deep, closed central sulci) are a big problem & dry footing where possible & lots of exercise including good heel use is helpful. Keeping a horse cooped up in a stable is not the best, but it may be the 'better evil' if it's the only dry footing your horse has. I'd just get rid of the deep bedding & allow them to stand on hard, dry flooring.
Wouldn't getting rid of the bedding have them standing in their own doings & sleeping in it too?
     
    12-18-2012, 10:17 AM
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Trained
What worked with my mare was mixing equal parts of triple antibiotic ointment + pain and foot fungus cream [cant remember what it was called, I just bought Walmart generic]. I mixed it up, put in a syringe with a curved tip, and treated the sulci. Easy and cheap.


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    12-18-2012, 10:54 AM
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I agree with RicciOve. I had learned that thrush can be a mix of fungal and bacteria. I had thrush eat away at my bulbs before I noticed it. Durasole got rid of it. Oxine is great, and $30.00 for a gallon is a good price. I mix it 1/2 with water for my chickens. My gf swears by Today for cattle.

I think that with a small to moderate problem, there are a number of things that work. However, when a problem gets out of hand, I would pull the big guns out. 1/4 bleach 3/4 water , wait 10 minutes, and rinse out. In the past I have done that on a cycle. Each day a different suggestion. I did end up using the bleach mix the most because it seemed to work the best. If thrush is getting serious, the good bacteria have lost the battle already. IMO
     
    12-18-2012, 04:35 PM
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Wouldn't getting rid of the bedding have them standing in their own doings & sleeping in it too?
well theyd be doing that anyway if the stable's too small or infrequently cleaned. Brick or rock floors are obviously better to avoid wee puddles, While I wouldnt keep a horse cooped up regularly anyway, unless in the case of founder or such, I'd definitely be making the most of the hard dry floor if I had to stable.but a thin layer of straw wouldnt hurt to reduce splashing.
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