Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southcentral Kansas
If you feel you will need to keep your horses at this barn for a while the stall mats sound like the best solution. Other horses on it won't hurt it, tho it would be aggravating to have others using the stall when you have special treats in there. Advantage; you can always take the mats with you when you move. :)
For thrush, I suggest soaking the hoof in ACV a few times a week, or once for a couple of hours if you have some kind of hoof boots you can use. Use a 50/50 ACV/water solution. Another soaking medium that seems to help is plain old laundry borax.. Make a thickish slurry of this. I often use Betadine scrub and epsom salts(make a paste). Cover the sole, place a piece of gauze over it then wrap w/a bit of vetwrap to keep that in place. Cover with a duct tape boot. Leave on for a couple days if it stays that long. Or use sugardine. Sugar and betadine solution, same procedure.
Hope one of those works for you. Also if the trim is right then the thrush should not come back. Healthy hooves thing. ;)