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post #1 of 16 Old 07-26-2014, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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which thrush med is best? make your own

Recently I bught Ricketts for thrush. I'm told that it works but it sure stained my fingers red like iodine does. I see there are some thrush treatments in spray bottle type and I hear some use homemade things. What works and is super easy to use? And fast and effective?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-26-2014, 12:28 AM
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Believe it or not, I have never had a horse with thrush, good management and good luck I guess, lol. But I have seen other horse owners use bleach, straight from the bottle on thrush and it worked to cure it within a short period of time as I recall.
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post #3 of 16 Old 07-26-2014, 12:31 AM
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There are about 101 different remedies for thrush -- everyone has a slightly different opinion. In my case I like to really emphasize the importance of supporting and encouraging live, healthy tissue. I feel that people sometimes get too caught up in killing off the thrush -- I've heard of bleach and other very harsh chemicals being applied. This might kill off the thrush, but it could also kill off or at least weaken some of your horse's living tissue as well... and an unhealthy frog is more susceptible to thrush reestablishing itself later. My rule of thumb is never to use something that I wouldn't be comfortable applying to my own skin.

My personal preference is a dry powder product called No Thrush. It works well for me.
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I personally use Thrush Buster. It is easy to apply, but stains like no other.
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post #5 of 16 Old 07-26-2014, 01:23 AM
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Have treated it with regular iodin out of the medicin box.

Seems to be a lot of thrush now day´s!

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Keep the feet Clean and on Dry Ground whenever possible.
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I also use No Thrush. I think it is a good product & I get results right away. However none of my horses have had a bad case of thrush either so I can't say how fast it works on severe cases.
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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.
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I would simply repeat everything sharpie just said. I would emphasize the first portion about scrubbing the feet out every single day. I read that the simple act of removing as much organism as possible from the foot is at least half the battle ad it has proven true with my own horse on more than one occasion.
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-27-2014, 06:51 AM
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During super wet seasons/years - I've used coppertox on the pasture boarding horses. Owners never come out - so their hooves are never cleaned except when I pay my farrier to trim them.

Coppertox is nice because it's waterproof and stays on for days. However, it will stain all fabrics.
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-01-2014, 05:23 PM
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If the thrush isn't bad, I use Thrush Buster or No Thrush (I have been pretty happy with No Thrush). If it's bad, I'll try Pete's Goo. I like the cow mastitis medicine Tomorrow because of the applicator (and because of the more potent antibiotic). It all depends on where the thrush is, how bad, etc.

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