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post #1 of 13 Old 07-09-2009, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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Could the vet miss thrush?

My 12 year old who has been lame for about 3 weeks is baffling me still. I am treating him for thrush with hydrogen peroxide while he's resting. This is something I do periodically because he almost always has little bit. He is always really good with his feet so he surprised me today by reacting like it really hurts when I treat him. He has recently been trimmed and the farrier said he didn't really see any thrush in his front feet (we always take note becasue he's prone) and also when he went for his lameness and radiographs (all clean) he didn't mention anything about possible trush causing his lameness.

My question is, Could there be thrush only up in his sensitive tissues without seeing or smelling anything on the outside? Or do you have any other ideas what could cause this reaction? I wondered also if flexing the pasturn when I pick up his foot was hurting him so I walked him off right after putting it down again and he looked fine. THANKS.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-09-2009, 08:11 AM
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well I have never dealt with thrush, but after flexing his pastern he was lame or limping at the least little bit,( maybe have someone else out there with you after you flex his pastern , they may see something your not) if the vet or farrier didnt see anything and you've explained the problem to them, I would have them research further. Good luck!

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Mild thrush should not cause his lameness. How lame is he?

If your horse is prone, it can flare up at any time - thus show up after the vet saw him. How dry are his turnouts?

Why the hydrogen peroxide?
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I am always working to keep thrush at bay with this boy because of the way his feet are (slightly contracted in the heel so the sulca (?) is more closed then open). The farrier keeps his frogs trimmed to keep the area open as much as possible and I use the hydrogen peroxide to flush and kill and bacteria periodically. The thrush has never made him lame and we've owned him since he was 4. His turnouts are dry (good pasture) but, like any horse he steps in manure and mud after it rains. I don't see any lameness lately because he's not allowed to do more then a walk. He was a little lame at the walk sometimes previously. Totally vet checked and radiographs of foot and nothing showed up. I'm wondering if the trush can exist deep in the foot without any outward signs...
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I am always working to keep thrush at bay with this boy because of the way his feet are (slightly contracted in the heel so the sulca (?) is more closed then open). The farrier keeps his frogs trimmed to keep the area open as much as possible and I use the hydrogen peroxide to flush and kill and bacteria periodically. The thrush has never made him lame and we've owned him since he was 4. His turnouts are dry (good pasture) but, like any horse he steps in manure and mud after it rains. I don't see any lameness lately because he's not allowed to do more then a walk. He was a little lame at the walk sometimes previously. Totally vet checked and radiographs of foot and nothing showed up. I'm wondering if the trush can exist deep in the foot without any outward signs...
Can you show us pictures of the problem hooves? Did you get digital xrays? If you did, you could post those as well.
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Hydrogen peroxide wouldn't be my first choice as it kills good bacteria as well.

I also wouldn't be regularly trimming his frog.

If he's getting recurring thrush and is in dry turnout then I would be looking at his diet and immune system. It's not normal for a horse to be getting it over and over from stepping in manure and standing in a bit of mud. If that was the case every horse on the west coast would have it all winter.....LOL

If your concerned about an infection I would do a couple of treatments with White Lightning.

Of course a recurring abscess that never gets completely drained may be something to think about.
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I use the hydrogen peroxide to flush and kill and bacteria periodically.
Old school -

Please read:

Thrush Treatment for Horse Hooves
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Old school -

Please read:

Thrush Treatment for Horse Hooves

We were posting at the same time. Thanks for putting up the link MLS that backs up what I said.
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We were posting at the same time. Thanks for putting up the link MLS that backs up what I said.



The world is way too worried about germs these days!
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Oh, I was "old school" . Lol I have set aside the H.P. And I will try the Cherry Hills sugar mixture. Thank you! I have also read about using apple cider vinegar and water and so I used that today, soaking his foot in a Davis Boot with that solutuion for about 15 minutes. He didn't mind that at all. I don't know that it's trush that's making him sore. Seriously I can't even see or smell any thrush in that foot this spring and his frog looks good. I just treat them periodically to try to prevent the thrush and it alarmed me that he reacted to it this time which made me wonder if that was what was making him sore. It's probably something else because wouldn't have the vet said something? During his lameness exam he looked at his feet and used the testers on them. I'm grasping at straws trying to figure out what's making him sore....Clean x-rays, no trouble extending in gait, no heat, no swelling, standing square, but drops his shoulder in the trot. The vet said it's in his foot but maybe I need the chiropractor too....
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