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post #1 of 15 Old 05-09-2012, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thrush Buster is not working. Ideas?

So I have a thoroughbred gelding and I have been battling thrush with him all spring. He get his hooves picked out and brushed every single day. I then apply thrush buster. He is turned into a muddy paddock for a ten hours a day. Not turning him out is not an option as he will injure himself or someone else if he is stuck in a stall. His stall is cleaned twice daily and is always dry.

I'm wondering if part of the cause of this could his hoof shape; he has very typical thoroughbred feet. Low heel, long toe. I have been working with my farrier and vet to correct this for a long time now.

I am calling the vet tomorrow, just curious if anyone else has dealt with thrush this persistent before and what they have done about it.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-09-2012, 10:11 PM
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Environment & hoof form are huge factors in thrush. Has he got seedy toe too? Pics of his hooves - see link below - would be helpful if you want more specific opinions. Any way of increasing his time on dry/hard standing? Pea gravel in his hangout areas or such?
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What Loosie said.

Plus besides picking out his feet every day, wash them with a disinfectant like Lysol mixed with water, rinse, dry with a towel and apply athlete's foot cream mixed with zinc cream and polysporin. But that won't solve your trouble until you have the hoof shape and turn out dealt with.
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How do you apply the thrush buster? I pack my horse's hooves with cotton and soak the cotton in thrush buster.

No thrush also works really well. But you have to have some place dry for your horse regardless of what you put on to treat him.

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I don't use thrushbuster or koppertox, or anythink like them. I've always just used a mixture of bleach and water in a spray bottle. Clean hoof (sometimes I even hose them out after) spray on bleach solution and let dry.

Cin is prone to thrush too, and this usually keeps it at bay.
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Pics of his feet are on my blog if anyone's interested. They are not the greatest photos, I only have my camera phone. I couldn't post them to the forum without having the image be too large.

I'm not worried about his field anymore. The last few days have been very hot and it is dry now.

About the bleach lysol suggestions, I know you've all had success with them but I won't use any household products before running them by with my vet. The vet is seeing him on Wed.

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Yeah OP I see the crease between his frog/heel area. Stuff that full of cotton and put thrush buster or skip the cotton and put "no thrush" (which is dry) on or that Tomorrow Dry Cow stuff works too.

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I don't use thrushbuster or koppertox, or anythink like them. I've always just used a mixture of bleach and water in a spray bottle. Clean hoof (sometimes I even hose them out after) spray on bleach solution and let dry.

Cin is prone to thrush too, and this usually keeps it at bay.

I do too....also he might need his frog trimmed.Sometimes it's hard for the hoof to get oxygen and trimming the excess frog helps the hoof breathe my farrier said. Peroxide or bleach ..I do half bleach half water...works like a charm!
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Your pics are really hard to see properly. It looks like his heel are waaaay too high and his angles are way off. There is no reason that I can see from the pics why it would take two years to get those hooves into shape.

Without proper trimming, you will forever be fighting issues with your horse's feet, be it thrush or anything else.

Please do try to get better pics so we can give you better input.
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I had a horse that had thrush for several years because his stall was never properly cleaned before I got him. I have used MANY different kinds of thrush treatments that I have received from vets and farriers. Once we moved him to a new barn and the stalls were clean properly (getting rid of pee spots! is HUGE!) I think that helped a lot. But during this time I used hydrogen peroxide. I would clean out the hoof and poor some in and hold the hoof a little so it would set in and it worked good. Some times I would put vet wrap and let it fall off to hold it in there more. I also tried two different types of iodine that were mixed I know one was 7% and I believe the other was 5% (I bought mine from fleet farm) use more of the 5% than the 7% and I would do the same thing as the peroxide. I think the peroxide treatment worked better! But it's all cleared up now!
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