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post #21 of 27 Old 02-09-2012, 02:57 PM
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my horse gets that since where I live is very dry. but he loves standing in the pond which makes thrush like condition. I make sure he has pine shavings to draw out the moisture and I put iodine over it, some people use a chlorine and peroxide mix with water or thrush x.And keep up with farrier he can
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post #22 of 27 Old 02-09-2012, 03:17 PM
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this crack usually develops when there is thrush or other fungus present (usually when wet) sometimes when a hoof is dry it will REALLY suck up moisture from the ground when it finally rains.

drying up the crack has worked for me. it usually gradually closes up. Dillon has had it all the way up the bulbs before on hind feet. drying them up solved it. I like the today cow mastitis treatment ( a lot of farrier's use it, but it's EXPENSIVE) try some iodine or diluted bleach in a spray bottle. should clear it up :)

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Originally Posted by Royal Pine Buck View Post
I like the today cow mastitis treatment ( a lot of farrier's use it, but it's EXPENSIVE) try some iodine or diluted bleach in a spray bottle. should clear it up :)

Thanks heaps, I have another thread asking about bleach and whether it's safe to use and a few people stronlgly dissagree. Though I've used it and alot of my friends have aswell I still wasn't quite sure.

It's looking better since using a bit of bleach and water on it.
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Hey, Just a little update, The crack seems shorter but a little wider open, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing
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first off don't worry that her frog touches the ground. it should !! it's a natural shock absorber and should even touch the ground in a correctly shod horse.

I'd try something like keratex hoof gel / hardener to help healthy growth and maybe get some purple sprey on it to toughen it up and keep disinfected. x
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I took a look at the photo you posted earlier and think the crack you are concerned with is running from the middle of the frog up into the back of the hoof between the heel bulbs. If so this is being caused by deep seated thrush. I would not ever use Bleach, not even diluted, or Hydrogen Peroxide. Both will damage live tissue.

Actually I would try to not soak these hooves at all with how wet the frog appears now. There is a product called No Thrush that is dry and draws disease out of the hoof. If this doesn't work on it's own I can recommend other items. But that is what I'd use to start.

Then I'd pick up either the Quick Fix Hoof Wrap, the Deluxe Equine Slipper or a pair of hoof boots to try to keep your horse out of the wet. This will also provide a way to put a #2 Diaper into the wrap, slipper or boot and puff the No Thrush into it so the hoof will have treatment throughout the day. Disease is very painful and can be quite invasive if not taken care of.

The other issue would be the trim. I would pick up a Blackmaster Rasp and 2 F Dick Ascot Knives (1 left/1 right) so you can begin cleaning up these hooves on your own. Most important right now is to open the central sulcus to expose this disease area to the air.

I don't think radiographs are necessary at this time. What I think you need to do is start doing a rehabilitative trim on this horse, combat the disease and provide support for the healing.

There is a product I always use with thrush instances and that is from For Love of the Horse. It's called Hoof Ailments and is wonderful for assisting the body to heal the area.

I hope this helps a little. I do not work for any of the companies I've mentioned but do have a lot of experience in using them. I know they work or I wouldn't recommend it.

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post #27 of 27 Old 02-11-2012, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by melmotthecat1 View Post
Hey, Just a little update, The crack seems shorter but a little wider open, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing
As others have mentioned. Check for thrush (you can't mistake the smell). It will look very dark, black even. Soft, even gooey. Smells really bad. If the frog is loose enough that you can slide a pick under it you might need to cut some away.
Personally I wouldn't use bleach. Vinegar works great. Thrush doesn't like the acid. Apple cider vinegar if you want a better flavor
I've had horse I bought arrive with thrush. One looked a bit like what your picture showed. Not as long a openning. Shorter, but wider towards the back. Nothing to cut away at the time, but I was able to dig out some, rinse the vinegar and then packed in cotton (gauze works too) soaked with tea tree oil. Cleared it up, but she had a couple of other spots that showed up as pockets on other feet that I needed to dig out and cut away the overlaying bit of frog. Over all it took me a month to get all her feet "right".
Establlished thrush will cause the frog to be sore, so be careful when getting any out, since it could hurt some. Fortunately horses general deal with pain better than we do.
It's nasty stuff and loves getting up inside the frog. Doesn't need oxygen, thrives in a moist invironment, but will do well in dry too once it's in.
I practice prevention by having a spray bottle of water and vinegar mix that I spray thier frogs with when I pickout their feet. I can't stand thrush.
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