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post #11 of 21 Old 03-08-2013, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Why does it kill the healthy part? He isn't lame from it or anything, it is minor.
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Contrary to popular belief, bleach(even diluted bleach) is NO good for thrush. Yes, it will kill thrush, but it will also kill the tissue in the horses' hoof causing a lame horse. I like Hooflex and No Thrush(powder)
Use it DAILY after cleaning the hooves thoroughly, then once thrush is cleared up, use 2 times a week as a preventative.


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post #12 of 21 Old 03-08-2013, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ditto no clorox or anything else that will also destroy healthy tissue.

It really depends on the degree and depth of the thrush.

If it's already got a stronghold on the hoof and reached the point where the horse is sore and heading for lame, White Lightening, Clean Trax.

For less serious thrush issues that have crept down into the sulci but the horse isn't lame, ToMorrow works. ToMorrow is a cow mastitus treatment; sounds strange but it works really well, in many instances. After you syringe ToMorrow down in there, add some type of antibiotic ointment (out of the bathroom cabinet) and top that off with diaper rash cream to hold everything in the sulci for more than five minutes

If it's just starting, there are a lot of good things on the market. It will depend what's available in your local stores, if you don't want to order from a catalogue.

My favorite is Absorbine Hooflex "Thrush Remedy". TSC carries it but it's cheaper in some of the vet catalogues.

Thrush Remedy is oil based, and works on the hoof for quite a few days. I use it just as a maintenance tool, whether someone has smelly feet or not.

Anything with Purple Gentian in it, like Thrush Buster.


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Thanks! Where do you buy this?
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I've found that Koppertox work the best. My guy had some pretty bad thrush a couple months ago and it cleared up in 3 days using it once a day. I have used the Absorbine product and Thrush Buster in the past and I am definitely sticking with Koppertox because it works insanely fast.
Interesting to hear of using Tomorrow... I'll definitely try that sometime since we have a ton of it around being a dairy farmer and all :)


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You can also buy a small tube of triple antibiotic cream and a small tube of antifungal cream (for athlete's foot). Also get a catheter syringe from the pharmacy. Mix the creams together in a dish then put it in the syringe. The long nose will enable you to force the cream deep. If you'd like to know more, google Pete Raimey and he has an excellent article on dealing with thrush.
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Sorry to be so slow to respond but I buy Koppertox at the local Tractor Supply..but I'm sure you can find it at any farm supply store. Good Luck!
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Bleach works well. I dilute, spray, and then put foot down. I am not soaking hoof in it, nor pouring it on like dousing a fire.

One reason that the home remedies are being given such a bad rap, is that the companies that make the "new methods" do a hell of a lot of advertising, as well as give incentives for their products to be recommended by vets/farriers.

Latest thing is NO Pepto Bismol, when it too has been used and recommended by vets for years. Now? OH MY GOD....go buy the expensive med from vet.

Money makers many times.

I've used bleach over 50 years, as did most I know. It does work, and usually with one application too.

And never, ever had hoof problems from it, and I've used it on show horses, TB's, and every thing in between if needed it.

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Bleach works well. I dilute, spray, and then put foot down. I am not soaking hoof in it, nor pouring it on like dousing a fire.

One reason that the home remedies are being given such a bad rap, is that the companies that make the "new methods" do a hell of a lot of advertising, as well as give incentives for their products to be recommended by vets/farriers.

Latest thing is NO Pepto Bismol, when it too has been used and recommended by vets for years. Now? OH MY GOD....go buy the expensive med from vet.

Money makers many times.

I've used bleach over 50 years, as did most I know. It does work, and usually with one application too.

And never, ever had hoof problems from it, and I've used it on show horses, TB's, and every thing in between if needed it.


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Bleach IS harmful to living flesh people. Do some research. I would not apply bleach of any sort to MY skin wounds or infections and therefore I will not apply it to my animals. Beach IS caustic. There are better options. Vinegar for one on superficial infections works very well as well as simply scrubbing the foot with dawn dish soap and water in a spray bottle.

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Thrush is actually pretty easy to kill. Getting to it can be a bigger problems. If it's in an easily accessable area vinegar do the job really well. It's an old way of treating it that I learned from some very old (now dead) horsemen and it's worked on my horses for over 40 years. I use a 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water mix in a spray bottle. If it's just round the surface or upper areas of the frog and open the pocket (usually completely removing the covering tissue if it's near the surface), clean if out and rinse it well with vinegar mix. I clean and rinse it daily for about a week (I'm known for doing overkill with thrush). In cases where it's deeper in the frog (I've had new horses come with it down in a crevasse) clean is best you can (I'll use cotton or gauze to push down inside with the vinegar mix to "swab" it out as much as possible) rinse well with the vinegar. I then pour tea tree oil into the area and pack it with clean cotton or gauze soaked with tea tree oil and leave it. I will actually be ok to leave it for a week to 10 days, but I usually replace it after about 4 days. Rinse and repack again. The thrush is usually gone after a week, but I continue the treatment for a week longer just because I never like taking chances with thrush.

You may hear some people specifically say apple cider vinegar. ACV will do the job, but the only difference I've seen between using apple cider vinegar and white vinegar is that the ACV makes the foot taste better

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