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    10-26-2012, 03:49 PM
  #21
Yearling
Some people think it is a quack medical treatment, but I tried colloidal silver on my mare's feet, because the thrush was so bad that she was very sensitive to any chemical on her frog. Less than a week there is no thrush in her back feet, and the cracks in her frog is regrowing slowly be surely. Her front feet are better but they are the ones with open holes, and thrush is greatly reduced but I am not stopping treatment to prevent further damage. She needs to regrow a whole new frog on her front left.

Plus getting a better farrier that didn't want to keep shoes on her, helped a lot too. We're working on backing up a really long flatten heels, which should help to get more health over all feet.

Colloidal Silver is a tiny bit of silver suspended in pure water if I remember right, believed to be anti bacterial, anti fugal and improve over all health. Bought at health food stores. I don't believe it is a miracle cure like some people, but it seems to help. Put in spray bottle and clean hoofs, spray, go.
     
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    10-26-2012, 10:43 PM
  #22
Showing
I googling doesn't turn up CopperSet try CopperSept, include the letter P in there.
     
    10-26-2012, 11:10 PM
  #23
Started
Apple cider vinegar sprayed on 1-2x a day works great, I have heard of spreading honey on works well also..
     
    11-09-2012, 01:36 AM
  #24
Green Broke
Update...

I spoke to my vet (who also boards at my barn) and she suggested keeping his stall extra clean, which gave me the backing I needed to be very, very thorough about cleaning his stall every night when I go to take care of his hooves without the BO thinking I'm just using too many shavings for the heck of it (the stall gets cleaned out by barn staff every morning, but I'm not convinced they take out enough of the wet bedding)

The undersides of feet have been looking drier when I come, so that's a good sign. But, I'm still not seeing much in the way of actual improvement. I'm wondering about the giant flaps he has along his central sulcus- which are quite deep and nasty. I tried to get photos tonight, but I'm not sure how well you can make out what's going on. I feel like it looks a lot worse in person, but he doesn't seem tender when I'm probing with the hoof pick.



Anyone have suggestions on what should be done about that? The farrier is out again in 11 days, so I'm guessing I should just wait and see what he says... I just hate not seeing any improvement after treating almost daily for the last month and am quite discouraged
     
    11-09-2012, 10:15 AM
  #25
Started
Dry Cow for mastitis is reported to have great results with thrush. If you google "dry cow, thrush", a lot of articles come up including posts on this forum.
     
    11-09-2012, 12:38 PM
  #26
Yearling
Scrub those feet clean clean clean with dawn dish soap and water (Lysol and water works too. No need to rinse either off) and actually scrub it with the brush on your hoof pick till its clean and get every nook and cranny. Do this daily. I like to mix it in a squirt bottle and blast the crap out of the cracks putting the nozzle right in the crack.

Trim off the flaps with a hoof knife or a sharp pair of scissors in between resets and scrub all the black out from underneath. If its wet underneath and black and closed up, thrush can eat away more frog. Have the farrier show you how. Closed flaps mean infection can keep going.

If that crack in the middle of the frog there (the butt crack one up the back of the frog) there is deep, you need to blast it out clean with a needless syringe, possibly use a Q tip to clean out the deepest reaches, dry it and use either cow mastitis cream or Thrush Off till it closes up. I prefer to start with mastitis cream and a cotton ball stuck in behind it to help hold the meds in. Change daily to twice a day till all fissures are healed closed.

This takes time. It can take a couple months of religious treatment and clean environs. Poop is worse than pee. Don't use and hoof goop topicals. They can make it worse no matter what they say.
     
    11-09-2012, 02:44 PM
  #27
Weanling
I use a product called Thrush Stop on my Clydedale who had really bad thrush. It did exactly what it said on the bottle. It stopped the thrush and his feet cleared up within a week. I also used shavings in his stable instead of straw up to about 4" thick. More absorbant but cost more than straw. Still cheaper than a vet bill though.
     
    11-09-2012, 03:19 PM
  #28
Started
I say try the No Thrush. A dry solution to a wetness problem just seems logical to me. *shrug* either way - make sure to get the stuff in those sulcus cracks.
     
    11-09-2012, 04:57 PM
  #29
Yearling
I meant to say No Thrush up there. Not Thrush off. Been a long day.
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    11-16-2012, 11:46 AM
  #30
Yearling
A farrier once told me that with thrush and WLD, it's best to rotate treatments. I did find that Durasole and 1/2 strength bleach dried the thrush out nicely. The thrush I dealt with at the time had chewed at the frog and really made a mess of the heels. I'll find pictures and post them later. I also paid someone to clean out and treat her feet on the days I wasn't there.
     

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