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post #1 of 20 Old 04-30-2012, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Stupid Thrush...

The 16 yr old OTTB that I have been leasing has had thrush since the beginning of march. I refuse to use thrush buster because it is so expensive. And I have tried using straight iodine and absoribine(sp?) in the white bottle. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. It isn't that bad but I just want it to go away!
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post #2 of 20 Old 04-30-2012, 08:10 PM
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Thrush Buster isn't all that expensive, especially when compared to all the other costs of horse ownership (even if you're just leasing). Even if you use it every week as a preventative the little 2 oz bottle will still last a long time. Since you've been fighting it for so long, it sounds like it would be worth the $15.
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post #3 of 20 Old 04-30-2012, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Okay I will try it! Thanks. I have about half or so of a bottle left. Just hate how it stains your hands, but an easy price to pay.
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post #4 of 20 Old 04-30-2012, 08:22 PM
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You might be using too much of it if it's getting all over your hands

You just need to clean out the hooves very thoroughly and then apply a small trickle of Thrush Buster into any areas of the frog that have thrush/are susceptible to thrush- collateral grooves, central groove, around any flaps that might be forming (trim off any larger flaps if you feel comfortable doing so).
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post #5 of 20 Old 04-30-2012, 08:58 PM
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The active ingredient is copper sulfate....look for any product with that in it.

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post #6 of 20 Old 05-01-2012, 09:38 AM
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You can buy buckets of copper sulfate cheap at farm supply stores or online. This is what I use as recommended by my farrier ( http://www.amazon.com/Applied-Chemists-Aquarium-COPPER-SULFATE/dp/B000RUN0T6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335878882&sr=8-1 )

It comes in a bucket and is filled with blue crystals. Just dissolve as many crystals as you can in water and you have a cheap solution. Usually it takes them a while to dissolve all the way. One bucket lasted me for three years. I use it as a preventative and just spray on once a week. Also if your horse ever gets a crack in the hoof that dirt keeps getting in this stuff is good to flush it out and keep stuff from growing in the crack until it can grow out. Do be careful though as it can cause skin irritation if it gets on you.

Another cheap fix I have found that worked even better is raw honey. Sounds weird I know but it works. The honey must be raw honey. It does not get "tired" after a while like other treatments and will not harm live tissue. I have a horse with a permanent crack in one front hoof and the only thing I can do is keep the dirt and bacteria/fungus out of it. I dip a strip of gauze in raw honey and pack it in the crack. It keeps the dirt out and I never have to worry about infection in the crack.
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Get a cheapy paint brush that fits in the bottle, and paint it on... easy peasy problem solved, or wear gloves. But a better solution IMO would be using the dry cow mastitis med called Today. There are loads of threads about it on here, works great and not much fuss.

I'm a cheap person also, but if Rascal needs it, he gets it PERIOD.

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Thrush Buster does not contain copper sulfate. Copper sulfate is very harsh on the good, living tissue and discourages its growth. It's also poisonous if it accidentally gets ingested orally.

My vet recommended Thrush Buster to me, and told me to avoid anything with copper sulfate (generally found in blue or green products) for the reasons mentioned above.
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Thrush Buster does not contain copper sulfate. Copper sulfate is very harsh on the good, living tissue and discourages its growth. It's also poisonous if it accidentally gets ingested orally.

My vet recommended Thrush Buster to me, and told me to avoid anything with copper sulfate (generally found in blue or green products) for the reasons mentioned above.
Thrust Buster contains Gentian Violet instead, which you can also buy as a generic, but it is also a very harsh product.

I believe both products strongly suggest you use gloves as they are absorbed through the skin.

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post #10 of 20 Old 05-02-2012, 01:10 AM
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Gentian violet is sometimes used on (human) infants' lips and mouths. It can't be that harsh.
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