Originally Posted by mbender
Maybe I'm just lucky? I don't know.
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Yes, you are very lucky
I rarely dealt with thrush issues and never dealt with scratches until I moved to my current farm. Our ground is very acidic, which makes for a breeding ground of fungii and bacteria.
That means, on a year-round basis, I keep everyone's fetlock hair cut short and the hair around coronet band trimmed like they were going into the show ring and I don't show
I know Mother Nature gave them all that hair for a reason, but they don't need that hair in Middle Tennessee when all it does is hold the yukkies to their skin
I use Absorbine Hooflex "Thrush Remedy" once a week as a maintenance routine. It is an oil-based, non-invasive topical for the frogs and sulci. I also make sure to rub it into the whitelines and any cracks if I see one. Hooflex® Thrush Remedy – Hoof Care – Products – Absorbine
I am also able to bring everyone in at night, which gives their hooves a chance to dry out.
In turn, that means keeping their stalls squeaky clean; it's not so much standing in the manure that causes the big problems but standing continually in their pee spots.
Of my four geldings, two pee right where they stand and even though I have grid mats down, I still have to be sure to keep those areas extra clean every day.
Hope this helps