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post #1 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thrush Treatment

Hi -- I am hoping to understand how long it takes to treat thrush once it makes the leg a little tender. I have rotating thrush medicines to administer to the frog, but I am not sure if there is anything else I can be doing? thanks!
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 07:58 PM
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It depends on the horse and their environment. My horse took almost a year until I got rid of the thrush and the frog grew back in properly. A horse that is kept in dry environments, and is out 24\7 will heal much faster than a horse that is kept in a wet or muddy paddock, or is stalled. Even though my boy's thrush is gone, it comes right back if we get wet ground for more than a few days. Because of this, I put thrush treatment on his feet after every rain to keep it from getting a toehold on him.
Check the horse's diet to make sure its getting the proper nutrients.
Also, I have had great success with thrush off. I tried 10 different thrush treatments, and I've found this to work the best (its also not as toxic as the other ones).
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 08:06 PM
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Best thing I've ever used is Thrush Buster and then cleaning the hoofs out as often as possible. Thrush Buster is applied every few days, and it's always cleared up thrush on both my girls very quickly. It's worth the stupid high price for such a little bottle, I promise! Don't let it scare you away, you get what you pay for!


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post #4 of 14 Old 08-17-2012, 10:45 AM
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The dry cow mastitis stuff at TSC works wonders. It comes in a box of individual tubes. The pricing may vary a bit by area. It doesn't take much, you can recap the tubes and use them couple times each.

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post #5 of 14 Old 08-17-2012, 06:27 PM
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I agree thrush buster works really well. You can also spray iodine on the frog and it has the same affect
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-17-2012, 06:57 PM
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I used a combo of bleach and water half and half, and a mix of neosporin and athletes foot cream on my gelding. Its been about 4 months and hes finally cleaned up. None of the store bought stuff worked before, so I went with those.
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I have LEARNED ALOT this year about thrush with the help of the people in this forum... I have several posts on here from my gelding Rocket who had a VERY BAD case of thrush... I should say "has" because we are still battling it but have seen MAJOR improvements, even though for the past month we are pretty much underwater here.... My farrier advised me to use a mix of 10%iodine and DMSO (50/50)... it is very cheap and I bought a syringe to use to shoot it up into all of the cracks.... alot of people on here were not real crazy about the mixture, but I must say that I have seen MAJOR improvements in six weeks... this is the first time in over a year that he actually has "new" growth in his frogs... I did take advice from here regarding "cleaning" his feet and every other day I scrub his feet with dawn dish soap, then let them dry before I apply the iodine/DMSO mix....I keep him in a dry stall for at least an hour after the treatment, then let him out in the rain? but it is working!!! also once a week I was using dry cow, but that costs approx $3 a tube and I use 1 1/2 tubes per treatment... in all of this rain, I have been sticking to the iodine/DMSO mix instead...
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NO BLEACH.... bleach kills live tissue.... you can use vinegar and water, that works very well... and the neosporin and athlete's foot med is great stuff I've heard...
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Thrush Buster, Bleach, kopertox etc. ALL harm living tissue. The only commercial product that is not harmful to living tissue is No Thrush (diatomaceous earth base).

Keeping the hoof clean is most important. I pick and wash the hoof well with dawn dish soap. Rinse, dry and treat with something that doesn't harm living tissue.

- neosporin and althetes foot cream
- organic apple cider vinegar
- whitelightening (thrush and WLD).
(google HealthyHoof ... good website, lots of non-harmful thrush treatments.) I have used all of these with success, I used the white lightening for thrush cases that didn't respond to other treatments.
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-03-2012, 02:08 AM
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I agree w the posters ^^^, thrush buster is not something I would ever use on my horse...my toilet bowl, maybe.

How long it takes to get rid of the thrush depends on how clean and dry their environment is and how well and often you treat it. In a dry clean environment, it shouldn't take more than a few weeks, top end if you treat it on a schedule. I treat it the exact same way one would treat a human: before I apply ointment, I scrub, clean, rinse and dry the hoof - each and every time. I use diluted lysol (2 liquid oz to a gallon) and/or providone/iodine to scrub/clean. The idea is to get as much dirt/bacteria/fungus scrubbed/flushed out and the hoof nice and dry before you add a new round of ointment.
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