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post #1 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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need more advice on thrush treatment please

ok... I am back and need a little more advice please... I have been treating rocket's thrush for about 10 days... every other day I have been using dry cow, along with cleaning everyday with dishsoap and spraying with vinegar..... problem is now, it has been raining non stop here for days and everything except stalls are under water and mushy... obviously the wet pasture is washing away all the meds, but is it bad to let him out there in the puddles of water with thrush? Is it enough that the meds are on his feet only at night while in his stall? I was using diapers, but now that is impossible... but I just can't leave him stalled for days at a time...
on a good note, his feet do look better and he is not showing any signs of tenderness anymore....
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-18-2012, 08:56 PM
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While ideally, you should keep him in a dry environment, you're correct in thinking it is not good to keep him locked up to do it. So it's just a matter of weighing up. If he's in a dry stall overnight, I'd say it's best to keep him out during the day & the nightly treatment should be working well enough. Soaking in extra strong saline can help combat the wetness by osmosis too.
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Loosie -- please explain how soaking in a saline solution will help by osmosis??? I don't understand that.
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You have to deal with the environment you have. If you can keep your horse in overnight and treat it each evening, you can hope that you halt the progression. You may not make progress improving the severity, but it won't get worse. Then when things dry up you can start seeing better results.

If its really wet, consider switching to a dry thrush treatment like No Thrush. It may help pull the daily moisture out while he's stalled overnight.

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post #5 of 18 Old 07-18-2012, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think it is ever going to stop raining here!!!! Everything is wet and muddy..... I just finished cleaning his feet and spraying with vinegar... that is all I can do in this mess.... his feet are so wet that his coronet band is white and smushy, so I sprayed him real good from his knees down with vinegar and will leave him in the stall tonight... hopefully he will dry out by morning.... I hope I can take some pics tomorrow afternoon?
Soak him in saline? can u explain a little more please? I REALLY DO appreciate your help.....
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We've been using thrush buster (nothing else has worked) and I squirt it in the crack and all around the frog then I stuff some cotton in the crack to hold it in and the water/mud out when it's raining.
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I had purchased a horse last year with a frog infection in all four hooves and of course really really bad thrush. and of course i went through 4 bottles of thrush buster but my farrier said throw that out and had me take a trip to tractor supply and pick up mastitis stuff for cows. My farrier told me it will really help clear up a thrush infection. After a few visits from my farrier he was very pleased to see her thursh was gone and she was looking much more healthy in the feet. and it was cost effective.

the ointment medicine only for cow utters & there is an organic kind!
Clean hooves throughly each time, dry & apply..
Should only take a few applications.

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I had purchased a horse last year with a frog infection in all four hooves and of course really really bad thrush. and of course i went through 4 bottles of thrush buster but my farrier said throw that out and had me take a trip to tractor supply and pick up mastitis stuff for cows. My farrier told me it will really help clear up a thrush infection. After a few visits from my farrier he was very pleased to see her thursh was gone and she was looking much more healthy in the feet. and it was cost effective.

the ointment medicine only for cow utters & there is an organic kind!
Clean hooves throughly each time, dry & apply..
Should only take a few applications.

yeah that is what I have been using... my farrier told me to use iodine/dmso mix.. but many people here said try dry cow... I was doing good with the treatments until the rain day and night for over a week!!!
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Treating and stuffing with cotton = good plan of attack.

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Loosie -- please explain how soaking in a saline solution will help by osmosis??? I don't understand that.
Sorry NM, just happened to see this. Osmosis is the process where chemicals within & without cells balance themselves(far from a biologist, so likely not the best explaination!), so packing in salt - or extra strong saline soaks - can draw out excess moisture & dry the hoof out.

Actually I happened to see a doco last week on Egyptian practices & that's how they dried their fish.... & mummies!
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