Originally Posted by totalfreedom
Well I wanted to add my comments. I'm in no way an expert, I'm only a beginner on my path of barefoot hooves. And I'm commenting on something I watched tonight, not from personal experience. It's the experience of pete not I. I received my dvd's "under the horse" from pete ramey. Tonight I watched a video that talked about the frogs. My horse has some thrush too on a couple of hooves. I'm just treating em all. But what pete said was that treating the thrush with any type of topical or such is secondary. It plays a small role in what really gets rid of thrush. Heel first landings are what are really needed to get rid of thrush. Stimulation of the frog is a major factor to get rid of thrush. One needs to treat the thrush with topicals and such, but it's even more important to create a trim that will allow the horse to get stimulation to the frog. Sometimes that means leaving high bars and heels. If you took the heels so low that the frog got lots of stimulation then it would simply cause the horse to toe walk so it could avoid walking on the painful thrush. But they need to be trimmed just right to where the horse will have heel landings and get some stimulation to the frog from said such landings, but not so low to cause the horse to avoid the heel first landings. And hence that's how one creates a cache-22; how to get a horse to have heel first landings while it has a painful heel it wants to avoid.
Anyhow that's what I learned tonight about treating thrush from pete's personal experiences. I was alsot wanting to post this in the thread about treating thrush, but I figured it could be useful here too.
That's pretty much in line with my thoughts, I have watched my "Under the Horse" DVD series several times, and just reviewed again where he is talking about thrush. Freyja, at this point, does land heel first on that foot about 50% of the time, and flat footed the other 50% of the time. I think it's the catch 22 you are talking about - I am not sure what is going to improve until her feet are less painful from the severe thrush infection, yet Pete's stance on the DVD is the thrush wont improve until it's "outgrown". I just don't see how to get there right now. I feed very good quality hay that's been tested, and my horses are on pasture all day every day. This mare is the only one getting feed, and she's gettting a pregnancy/lactating mare mix of sweet feed which IS high protien, but she only gets about 2 cups, mixed with about a cup of beet pulp, and two tablespoons of weightbuilder, twice a day. Remember she was skin and bones when she came to me - she's in decent shape now but not "there yet", especially as she's getting big with her pregnancy too. Ideally I'd cut the carbs completely out of her diet, but with her still needing weight gained and growing a foal, I don't see how that is possible. I feel like if she could just get a break from the thrush long enough to heal her heels and grow a decent frog, we'd be in a position to go somewhere, but it feels like progress has been at a standstill because of the rot in her feet for weeks.