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post #1 of 7 Old 10-22-2013, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thrush and Abscesses

My 11 yr old OTTB was recently taken from a bad owner who didn't care for his health. He is under weight and has Thrush ( which is being Treated) and he had abscesses, but doesn't anymore. He has been limping on his left front foot and is getting very minimal riding, if any right now to let his hooves heal up. I am just wondering what I could do to get him healed up faster so he can be ridden more, I just bought him and he's already starting to look and feel better, just worried about that leg. He doesn't have any other problems and is being checked by farrier on a weekly basis.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-22-2013, 04:00 PM
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Vitamins, especially Biotin is good. Oldtimer's recipe for quick kill thrush and WLD- 1/2 strength bleach. Abcesses, well if my horse continued to get abcesses, I would either eliminate what may cause them, or think about shoes.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-29-2013, 05:07 PM
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I just posted this on another thread, but I'll say it again:

Try pine tar to cure your thrush or abcesses. You just pick the hoof out, take a stiff brush over it to get everything off, and then apply the pine tar thickly to the bottom of the entire hoof. It won't hurt anyone, so if you get it anywhere else, or even on yourself, don't worry. It's just sticky, and hard to clean off. Then carefully place the pine tar coated hoof in a fresh pile of sawdust and pack it in. Allow the horse to put his full weight on the hoof, but try not to let him move. Do that for all 4 feet.
In the past, I've only had to do this for 3-4 days before clearing everything up. The sawdust pad will fall out, so you have to replace it every day. The pine tar seals in moisture, but sucks out the abcess "gunk". Provided your horse isn't wading in manure everyday, you should be good after a week. Not knowing the severity of your horse, it could take longer, but this is definitely a good place to start. The main ingredient of most thrush cures contains pine tar, but not in large enough doses sometimes. I'd give it a try. I have always done this with my horses, and it works everytime.
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First and foremost. stop riding him as long as he is limping AT ALL. Until you eliminate all possible reasons for lameness his lameness riding him at all is likely not in his best interest. You may be causing the continuation of something that needs other treatment beyond just thrush. Has a vet seen him yet?
Next, correct trimming (whether in shoes or barefoot) is essential for treating and preventing thrush, and a lot of abscesses as well. Pictures of his feet my help advise you better in that regard. Oncw the feet are trimmed shod correctly then whatever commercial or natural thrush remedy you want to use will be much more effective. I personally pack the infected central sulcis with a special absorbent cloth material ("foot felt") that only absorbs non water based liquids and just keep the packing saturated with Thrush Buster.
Oakum (a farrier fiber hoof packing) used in the central sulcis for packing can work, too. Or if there is a marine supply near you, 'boat bilge oil absorbing felt sheets' are the same thing as foot felt. Only a lot cheaper.
One sheet from a boat supply is a few bucks and will last one horse forever because you only use teeny little strips. .
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Correct trimming is essential! That being said, Animalintex pads are the best, quickest and least messy way of treating abscesses. You wet them, apply to the hoof, wrap hood with a diaper and then vet wrap. Then make a boot out of duct tape. Change the dressing 2x a day. It drew out my horse's abscess in a few days and he had it for over a month!
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 08:23 PM
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No 1 rule is don't ride a lame horse at all, except under vet's instruction - some issues are better for exercise, many aren't.

Good trimming, dry environment as much as possible and protection, in the form of pads/boots or such, to allow for *comfortable* exercise. Healthy, 'low GI' diet & well balanced nutrition are also very important.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-07-2013, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Patty Stiller View Post
he same thing as foot felt. Only a lot cheaper.
One sheet from a boat supply is a few bucks and will last one horse forever because you only use teeny little strips. .
Awesome Patty. Never heard of it. Its also online here. 100 sheets for under 40 bucks. Ill get buying some of that!

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