Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
The most critical factors for successfully treating thrush are soap, water, and dry footing. Use a bristle brush, dishsoap and water, scrub the feet daily and keep the horse somewhere dry. That'll fix the vast majority of cases all by itself.
I know dry footing is easier said than done, for my horse as well, so when that part wasn't so do-able, I'd scrub and dry the feet, then pack Pete's Goo (mix a tube of neosporin with a tube of athlete's foot cream, put it in a syringe for ease of getting it deep in the cracks) and stuff clean cotton balls up in after it to try to keep the infected area as clean and dry as possible for as long as possible.
Most medications work to some extent, but no matter which ones you use, they'll work better if you put them on clean dry feet.