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        02-27-2012, 06:01 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Foot problem

    My husband and I have a half belgain, half QH mare. A little over a week ago we went on a ride my husband was riding her on the side of the road. We kept telling him to stop riding right on the side cause she could step on something. The next day we noticed she was limping we checked her foot but it looked to be ok. In the next couple of days she started limping a lot worse. I called a few people and they said she was probably graveled. So we started soaking it. My brother in law was looking at it one day and seen it was abssessed we started cleaning, soaking and giving her antibiotic shots then we wrap it everyday. Now it almost looks like the frog is rotting away and there is a hole where the frog was supposed to be. I called a vet but they don't understand what it could be so we have to make appt. Anyone have any idea what it could be?
         
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        02-28-2012, 09:04 AM
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    Foal
    Sounds like it might be a severe fungus problem? You really just need a vet
         
        02-28-2012, 09:25 AM
      #3
    Green Broke
    If there is chance of absess you should NEVER give antibiotics.. it forms a capsule around the infection and won't let it pop... it may have popped on its own, but I would call your farrier over your vet- they know hooves ;)

    Good luck
         
        02-28-2012, 10:58 PM
      #4
    Trained
    Pics would be good, but it sounds like sulcus thrush. Air kills it, so it needs to be kept clean and open to air. Soak the hoof in warm water with some epsom salt or iodine, and then stuff the hole with some cotton balls to keep it open to air. There's a pencillin called Dry Cow that will work on killing it from the inside out. Squirt it in there every other day until the frog grows back in from the inside. This is all assuming that it is, in fact, deep sulcus thrush.
         
        02-29-2012, 06:23 AM
      #5
    Foal
    I told my husband I thought it was a type of thrush, we have been soaking but we have been keeping it wrapped to. I will try the soaking then packing with cotton. The vet is the one that told me to start her on antibiotics but I will ask him about the dry cow antibiotics. Thank you. I wish I could post pics but the only Internet I have is on my phone and I don't know how to post pics that way
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        03-01-2012, 06:20 AM
      #6
    Trained
    Yeah, without pics, unfortunately can only guess, but sounds like a stone bruise/abscess &/or thrush. I too wouldn't be giving antibiotics - haven't heard the 'capsule around the infection' theory, but basically, if it's an abscess, anti-inflams & antibiotics can suppress the infection.

    I basically agree with MBP if it's thrush, except that I wouldn't pack it, but leave it open & try to keep it dry.
         
        03-01-2012, 02:07 PM
      #7
    Foal
    I agree 100% with Duffyduck! Call your farrier!!! Farriers know hooves better than most vets!
         
        03-01-2012, 03:19 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    In the case that it's thrush. Clean it with a liberal dose of vinegar (you can mix with water if you like). Thrush doesn't deal well with the acid. If there are holes, or pockets where it's eaten away some frog you can pack them with cotton or gauze that's soaked with teatree oil (it works well for scratches too....fungus and bacteria don't like it).
    Thrush shouldn't be too hard to ID. It's dark and usually mushy. Smells REALLY BAD. I usually deal with some level of it with most of the horses I've picked up. Last case I had to cut away close to half of the frog on two feet and one hind foot had such a deep area at the rear of the frog infected that it took me at least a week to be satisfied that I'd killed it all.
    Everyone has already covered keeping it clean and no anti-bio. Thrush doesn't need oxygen. Loves it moist and dirty. Hates acid.

    Good luck.
         
        03-01-2012, 08:50 PM
      #9
    Trained
    Thrush or 'seedy toe' aka 'white line disease' is effectively the same - opportunistic infection that depending on the lable, effects different areas of the hooves. There are a variety of different bugs that coe under the banner, can be fungal, bacterial or otherwise.

    Depending on the particular bug, appearance, smell, etc may be different. I can be black & gooey - although that's often the necrotic tissue left after it, it can be white & powdery. It's usually at least a bit smelly, but not always really stinky or a particular stink.

    It is usually anaerobic - that is, thrives without oxygen & can be killed by opening it up to the air, but not always. Likewise, because the banner covers so many different types of infection, it may or may not respond to treatments that work in other cases. Eg. I too find ACV is effective in some areas, but not around here. Heavy duty chemical treatments are generally more effective across the board, but I would be using them carefully & only when absolutely necessary, favouring other milder treatments that don't damage live tissue.
         
        03-02-2012, 08:11 AM
      #10
    Foal
    Thank you so much. From what you all are saying she FOR SURE has thrush!
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