I'm currently 1/2 leasing a pony, and she's boarded somewhere in a large pen (grass, with a dirt section) and it's dry - the drainage is really good.
For a while she was quite thrushy, but my leaser and I went and bought her that coppertox stuff (not the exact brand, but same deal - it's green and helps with thrush and fungal infections of the foot) and applied it daily - every second day. Her thrush cleared up, and a farrier came out to trim her feet. (I've seen some farriers do some pretty bad things to horses and their feet, so I made sure I was there when he trimmed to watch, and discuss the thrush to make sure that her feet were totally healthy again. He said she has good feet, but I should continue to apply the thrush ointment, which I did).
I just went on holidays, and the thrush had started to come back before I left - so my leaser put on the coppertox stuff while I was away. Today we both went out together, and the pony is shedding ...3 of her frogs I think, and is slightly thrushy. I'm quite sure she isn't foundering, but her foot is warm around the frog area and she is obviously sore. (Especially when I touch her foot and press on the frog lightly). I lunged her out for a few minutes to see how she was moving - and she's not showing the soreness very much in her movement - but you can see it slightly.
Does anybody have any experience with horses losing their frogs / having them peel or shed? Or Thrush?
I'm thinking the ointment we've been using isn't enough, and I'd like to stop the problem before it gets worse. Any feedback, questions, suggestions etc. would be greatly valued. I don't want to do more than lunge her lightly until her feet are no longer sore.
I've been doing some research too and one website said
Quote:Arrows point at "shedding" frog which is actually a fungus infection. After several soaks with laundry borax, the frog will quickly grow in plumper, and will push the heels farther apart; the heels might spread 1/2 to 3/4 inch (13 - 20 mm) within a month or two.
Has anybody heard of this ?