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post #11 of 15 Old 05-13-2012, 01:40 AM
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No Thrush. Its a powder and it has really been working this year. Ive been alternating with Thrushbuster as needed. Also, I filled a squirt bottle with Dawn dish soapy water like you would wash dishes with and squirt and scrub the foot with my hoof pick brish at least once to twice a day. I just rinse the dirt off with the soapy water blasting the crevasses clean with the squirt bottle. No need to rinse it off. Its perfectly safe, kills germs and gets rid of greasy thrush and poop particals before you treat the foot.
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post #12 of 15 Old 05-13-2012, 02:04 AM
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I've had people tell me to use a bleach water mixture... didn't work at all.
Peroxide? Nope.
Thrush buster? Naw.

However, I've had great success with Absorbine's Thrust Remedy! I've been using in for years and I'm pretty happy. I'm also the hoof-picking nazi! I pick my boy's feet before and after every ride/turnout/etc. If I can't make it out to the barn one day, I always ask a fellow boarder to pick feet for me. If you have horses that get turned out after it rains, thrush is pretty hard to avoid at ALL times. But as long as you clean it out as soon as possible, it usually doesn't pose a serious issue.
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post #13 of 15 Old 05-13-2012, 02:37 AM
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Can't tell a lot from the picture, but I'll gather that the thrush is in the crease of the frog. I've had new horses come with that problem. Easier to deal with if it's not deep, but I'll take it as a case of the thrush being down deep. You don't need to buy all the "horsy" products they push out there. People have been successfully treating and killing thursh for a lot longer than those products have been around.

Clean out the thrush.
Rinse it out with vinegar (you can cut the vinegar with water if needed, but no more than half). I usually have it in a spray bottle so I can spray it right into the area that needs it. I generally follow this by squirting in some tea tree oil and wiping out the area with gauze.
Get some gauze or cotton. Soak it with teatree oil. Pack it in so that all the area that has thrush is covered. If it's deep then I usually pack in all the cotton it will hold and make sure it's saturated with the tea tree oil.
I've seen it left in for a week before replacing, but i'm pretty anal about thrush and replace it after 3-5 days.
When you replace it rinse it with vinegar again before repacking with fresh teatree oil soaked cotton.

I've never had case that wasn't cleared within a couple of weeks max, but I keep rinsing daily even after the thrush has cleared until the crease reduces. Thrush loves those creases. If it shows up in pockets along the frog you can usually trim off the frog so that the pocket is completely exposed and then clean and rinse with vinegar daily. I tend to do overkill.

Vinegar works, because thrush apparently thrush has a problem with the acid. Some people like using apple vinegar and it works well (makes the feet taste better )

If you don't have a choice about your horse being in an area that is likely to promote thrush then I'd suggest getting a spray bottle of vinegar and give the frog a good spraying every day when you clean each foot.
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post #14 of 15 Old 05-15-2012, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama View Post
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.
I'll borrow a proper camera from someone and get better pics.

The vet has told me his heel is way too low. The vet has looked at his feet before because of the angles and lameness problems.

You can't blame my farrier either, the horse has only recently stopped exploding and shaking every time a farrier came near him. He was being tranquilized for a while but that didn't solve the problem so I quit doing that once I could. It's been months and months of daily work. I've never had a horse take so much time to calm down about something before. Whatever happened to him before I got him must have been pretty bad. But anyways, we've had two trims now where the farrier has been able to use the stand.
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-15-2012, 02:04 AM
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Originally Posted by fromthismoment View Post
The vet has told me his heel is way too low. The vet has looked at his feet before because of the angles and lameness problems.
Hmm, they don't look too low to me, from what can be seen in those pics they look long. But it appears they could be quite underrun/crushed, which people(yes, even professionals) sometimes confuse for lack of heel.
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