Thanks for the recommendations
I definitely have a few more ideas to try out now
I know that a lot of people might not agree with this recommendation but I've been using CopperSet for my mare. It's worked wonders.
I tried searching Google for CopperSet but didn't come up with anything. Do you know of a website for that product? How long did it take before you noticed improvement?
bleach will kill the thrush, it will also kill everything else including the healthy hoof tissue trying to grow back.
Clean the foot with a hoof pick, then a scrub brush with warm water and a disinfectant mixed in like concentrated lysol, or pinsol, pat dry then use a comercial thrush medicine like Thrush XXX, or the thrush buster you have. Make sure the horse is getting adequate copper and biotin in his diet.
Yeah, I'm not too keen on trying bleach. I think I'll give the disinfectant a go, though. Should I scrub with it daily? I'm very thorough (obsessive maybe?) with my horse's diet- fine tuned it out on FeedXL.com and weigh everything every time- so I'm reasonably certain he's not deficient in any major areas.
We have recently had an outbreak of this as well. We were using thrushbuster, and it didn't do anything. We went to copper sulfate, and that didn't do much either. We're on antibiotics at this point.
The rest of the time, it's putting down mats and lime and making sure they aren't standing in their own waste, etc. :S Good luck!!!
I've actually been cleaning out my horse's stall in the evening pretty much every day lately (so it's getting cleaned 2x daily). I'm not sure if the stall cleaner changed, if the BO started cracking down on them using too much shavings, or if my horse is just peeing more, but by the time I get there at night it hasn't been meeting my standards of cleanliness lately
At the pharmacy purchase a catheter syringe. It's large and has a long pointed snout. Get a tube of triple antibiotic cream and one of fungal cream. Mix the two in a dish then fill the tube. Before doing this make a foot soak of 1 ounce of Lyesol to 1 gal of water. Do be accurate. Soak for about 20 min. dry the hoof then apply the cream. The syringe will get it into the nooks and crannies. Also twice daily use Dawn dish soap and clean the hooves, using a brush to get it into the nooks and crannies.
Getting there twice daily on a consistent basis isn't really possible for me. I did try "Pete's Goo" for a while when I first got my horse, but saw better results with ThrushBuster. Lately I've been wondering if mixing tea tree oil into the goo might work better though.
Originally Posted by HorseCrazyTeen View Post
My mom found out online that Listerine (original, not mint!) was supposed to work really well and didn't kill the hoof tissue. It was recommended so often that we decided to try it. I switched to that and the thrush was gone very quickly! I was pretty surprised by how well it worked, and took the stink away immediately. It also works on minor cuts and scrapes-- even use it on the dogs. It just works.
My farrier recommended Listerine, as well. I was a bit skeptical, and already had the ThrushBuster & No Thrush on hand, but maybe I should give that a try...