Reoccuring Thrush! How do I stop it RAWR!
I'm sure many of you will understand the frustration and stress thrush brings on.. Ever since I have gotten my gelding, he gets thrush NON STOP and his frog is always shedding.. Maybe has there been only one time the farrier has come out and trimmed out his frog and it had been perfectly intact, not shedding or cracking.. and that maybe lasted a week before they started shedding and cracking again.. over the course of 5 months now.
Usually his thrush really isn't that bad and a couple days of Thrush XX (green stuff) dries it out and he's fine, also usually with thrush he has no severe symptoms present that you can tell he has it... but just this past weekend..
I was cleaning out his hooves on friday and there was this foul odor and icky black stuff I was digging out with white creamy substance underneath and immediately then I knew it... I started doing the green stuff for x 2 days until the 3rd day he started limping on the back right hoof that had the "worst" case of thrush in it...
Now I have never smelled thrush on him before or ever seen him limp because of it, so I know he's got it pretty bad.. So anyway I've been keeping his stall cleaned out well and out in the paddock he's turned out about 7 hours a day the grass and dirt is always damp (I live in Michigan, it goes through all four seasons in one week)... and have now been using Thrush Buster on it, but always cleaning his hooves with hand soap mixed with iodine scrub to dry it up first, then packing the frog with thrush buster soaked cotton balls.. it's been about x 1 week and he's still trying to avoid landing on his right hind leg.
Also in the right hind hoof, like all of his other hooves when his frog begins to shed, he develops these "pockets" kind of like holes right at the central sulcus of the frog, where the new frog is underneath growing.. and that's where I pour the thrush buster in cause I know thrush is burrowing there, but also I noticed this time increased sensitivity when pouring, he usually doesnt give me a hard time, but I could tell this is whats causing him pain.
Does anyone know how to treat this? What I should do? Should I consider shoeing him? Due to the moist living conditions of our location? Should his frog being shedding this much constantly?? Like I said I've only seen him not shedding once in 5 months and it only lasted a week after the farrier came out.