I've been treating Candy for thrush for 60 days now. She has contracted heels, long toes and underrun heels.
I have been using a product called No Thrush daily for 60 days. It is a dry powder treatment and although it was initially great, her hooves have appeared to stop improving.
I am still using No Thrush, but have started with Apple Cider Vinegar soaks and have also tried iodine soaks.
She is going into the clinic on Wednesday to have X-Rays to view any underlying pathology that could be causing the heel pain (ie, navicular).
Needless to say her breeding is definitely a contributer to the problem, halter breed for an enormous, stocky body and tiny teacup hooves.
Anyway, the vet would like to put shoes on her to provide some immediate relief and support, but I prefer a more natural approach with boot therapy and correct trimming if IT IS navicular. Shoes would be difficult to apply at this point in time as she has virtually no weight baring structure (hoof wall). THIS is because she was suffering whiteline on all four hooves after the onset of the thrush, so the farrier removed most of the hoof wall to open the area up to oxygen and prevent further damage..
When she was getting her feet done, there was particular pain in the front left, which he decided to clip as far as possible to the point where she was bleeding to try and encourage what he thought was an abscess out. I poulticed and bandaged this hoof for the next 2 days, no abscess ever appeared. I have not got this farrier back.
After this trim the poor horse could barely walk (bleeding, almost no natural weight-baring structure) and it broke my heart as she was in substantial pain for the next 2-3 weeks. Now that her hooves have grown out a bit she is feeling better, I bought some high density foam from the vet to tape to the bottom of her hooves for 3 days for cushioning and support, the relief was almost instantaneous and after I removed these she was walking 100% better.
I hope keeping positive for Wednesday and hoping for the best, but the horse is showing all clinical signs of navicular... we are just waiting on a official diagnosis now.
I will attach photos, from day 1 of diagnosis through to about a couple of weeks ago. These are the front right, which was the worst originally, now the left is the worst...