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post #1 of 28 Old 09-19-2007, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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dry feet/thrush

I've had my mare for 5 months and she has thrush again, but this time her feet seem all dried out. I put koppertox on it yesterday (when I noticed it) but I don't know what to do about the dryness. Is she ok to ride, or would lunging her be better?
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post #2 of 28 Old 09-19-2007, 06:20 PM
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I have heard many owners recently complaining about brittle feet right now. I live in PA, but my horse is in NJ, and I have discussed this with a few people who say all their horses are brittle right now, so whatever you decide, maybe have your farrier put his advice in. If your horse is ok to ride, i'd ride.
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I also noticed and heard that quite a few horses where I board her, have or had thrush recently, so maybe its just their turnout situation. I'll ask the farrier if I see him when he's there. Do you think she got it again because she's barefoot?

Where do you board your horses in NJ...Im right in sussex county.
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I also noticed and heard that quite a few horses where I board her, have or had thrush recently, so maybe its just their turnout situation. I'll ask the farrier if I see him when he's there. Do you think she got it again because she's barefoot?

Where do you board your horses in NJ...Im right in sussex county.
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post #5 of 28 Old 09-20-2007, 12:38 PM
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My haflinger had thrusth alot.I can get it under control and then about 3 weeks later she gets it again.i find it best to treat it weekly so prevent it.I use thrush buster.It works the best.if its really bad and you can see the white down in the dips of its hoof then just be careful what you ride it on.(no stones and rough ground) but they should still be fine to ride

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post #6 of 28 Old 09-21-2007, 08:01 PM
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more like a stall problem!!!, have you taken a good look on how well cleaned your horses stalled is mucked out?, go from side to side with a rake and take a good look, also for thrush there is a old wives tail about using used tea bags to cure the thrush

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post #7 of 28 Old 09-21-2007, 10:35 PM
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Make sure to clean her feet everyday and try to keep her in a dry area until the thrush clears up. There was many different brands of hoof creams on the market you can try. I use `Mane & Tail`` hoof lotion. You could also try `hoofmaker``if they start to crack.
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Her stall gets cleaned every other day, and I want to clean it everyday, but there is nothing around to do it. When she's turned out its also very muddy, and she along with all the other horses just stand around. (they are turned out individually in small paddock, not sure on the size) I do pick her feet, put koppertox on the bottom and rainmaker on the outside. The owners and I are not on the best terms when I got an outside vet to take a look at her swollen leg (which turned out to be mud fever). That was about 4 months ago and since then they've been very unfriendly kind of giving us the cold shoulder. I want to get her and our other gelding who we feel has been abused by them in quite a few ways, but money's a little tight right now so we can't really move them. My boyfriend and I are saving up money to buy a piece of property out in PA where we can move them and have us run our own place, but that's going to take some time.
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post #9 of 28 Old 09-24-2007, 08:15 AM
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My horse has thrush all the time in old place. But it was very muddy around the hay bale (almost all the time), and they were standing there 24/7 practically.

I used thrushbuster and cleaned hoofs daily (sometime even twice a day), so it wasn't as bad as other borders' horses but still didn't remove it completely.
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post #10 of 28 Old 10-01-2007, 05:49 PM
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I have had some success with Hoof Alive on cracked hooves. We also keep large chunks of wax, bees or canning and rub it into the outside and underside of the hoof during wet weather to help repell moisture. My old farrier used to make some concoction that had to be heated then brushed on but he is retired and I can't get it anymore it had wax and some kind of oil in it. That worked great. I think it was linseed oil or neatsfoot (?) but knowing him it could have been used motor oil
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