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post #1 of 16 Old 09-10-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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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 hes 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 thats 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.
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-10-2013, 06:43 PM
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It sounds to me like he may have abscessed. Pictures would help GREATLY. And for pastured horses with thrush, I scrub the hoof with betadine shampoo, then blu kote the crap out of it.
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And no, shoeing him will make it worse, unless he has flat soles. As for his frog shedding, thats normal. My barefoot gelding is always having bits come off.
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Thank you so much I will try the betadine and blue kote.I will post pictures tomorrow night.

Although I have an update my friend went tonight went to apply thrush buster and stated his hooves looked better, drier, didn't smell, and didn't seem to be limping. I forgot to mention he is nine and had a hock injury in his racing days he's a TB. So he has arthritis though most days you would never know it. He does tend to play outside with the boys very roughly and will get stiff or sore for a day or two then returns to normal so I don't know if that had anything to do with it.

If he was absessing wouldn't he be standing foundered? Or have heat in the hoof? And abnormal vital signs? I'm a nurse so I'm just asking cause I frequently check him when these things happen
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I spray my horse once a weak with an iodine mix
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Nocturva, I so feel for you as I have been dealing with our boy (Chuck) having thrush pretty much constantly since moving to Florida almost 2 years ago. Initially, he would have it in 3-4 of his hooves.

Chuck has the craters you described. They seem to occur about 3-4 days after rainy periods. He is shod in front and that was at the recommendation of a vet due to non-thrush related issues. He lives outside 24/7. I do feed him his hay in a stall that he can come 'n go at will and I have that stall bedded. I figured it cannot hurt to have his feet be in a dry setting for at least a few hours per day.

Between the advice of our vet and farrier, what works for us has gotten us down to thrush only in 1 hoof at this time. The key for me now is that he is totally sound and I trail ride about 3-4 hours per week. That definitely wasn't always the case with his thrush.

We tried Kopertox, White Lightening, Thrush Buster, No Thrush, and strong Iodine. Only Thrush Buster seemed to have an initial impact, but that then seemed to stop working.

Aside from keeping the hoof as cleaned/brushed out as we can and having the farrier out to trim every 5 weeks, we use a product called Thrush Off by Well-Horse. If things are particularly bad, I will use that product daily until I see things turn around. On his other hooves, I will use it 1-2 times per week.

There are so many products out there, I figured if one was a cure-all for thrush we would probably know about it. And, of course, you will get lotsa' recommendations... Just like I am doing here in this post.

I would encourage you to get both your farrier and vet involved. For me, learning how to manage Chuck's thrush was a long & sometimes painful experience. I feel that I've at least got a handle on it as best I can now.

Good luck.
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Here is what I do. Scrub it squeaky clean w diluted Lysol (red concentrate, it only takes a little bit in a half gallon or so, I put it in a spray bottle). Rinse. Spray it w providone, let it puddle, then turn the hoof to run out and let dry (if necessary, dry it w a cloth). Put the old 50/50 desenex cream (or like)/triple antibiotic mix in there (I use a syringe to deliver it). Squish it in the crevices with your finger to pack it in.
Do this daily. Inspect after each rinse (after scrub) to see your "progress".
Where it is often moist, I suppose it is a real battle.

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I have tried the thrush off by well horse, but it did not work for my boy AT ALL.
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Mineral balancing to forage has made a huge difference to a friend's horse who had persistent thrush, it has now completely cleared.
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-11-2013, 01:08 PM
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Unfortunately it's probably in your soil and as long as it's wet he will get thrush. If its very wet out for a few days I'd pour in a dab of thrush buster (or whatever your forte is) before it starts smelling. You can also get a spray bottle and use a home remedy, like bleach/water or vinegar, to treat it daily when its wet out.
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