Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Well, copper sulfate will definitely get after microbes, there is no question. But I have never used it on thrush and have not experience with wld. There are a lot of "things" that people use to get rid of thrush, your tea tree/eucalyptus sounds like it would work. The main thing is just do not use something that will cause tissue damage.
When I have to deal with thrush, I wash the hoof well (with the hose). I use large rubber tubs or a rubber stall mat to keep them from picking up dirt when I set them down. I scrub them out with providone, and use a toothbrush for the tight areas. Rinse, and dry them off and put half and half Desenex and triple antibiotic ointment. I have used neem oil, too. It works well, but it smells horrid. The ointment is sticky and it stays "packed in".
Anyway, reportedly white lightening works on best on wld. Not that copper sulfate will not.
As for dirt around the frog, if my horses have clean dirt in that area, I do not clean them out - but, then...I believe in the theory that the hoof was designed to pack dirt there. If you know he has thrush, then it would be reasonable to keep it clean and medicated.
adding: my horse's hooves and frogs are very hard, also. I only trim parts that need to be taken off (e.g., "flaps" or tags that can collect dirt and welcome microbes.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.