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post #1 of 12 Old 09-08-2009, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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He Gets Thrush A LOT

Ok so, my TN Walker gelding Spirit has been getting thrush A LOT recently. I can only come out 3 or 4 times a week and every time I come out he has it. I have thrush buster and it works great, but it's REALLY expense and at the rate I have to use it, I'll be broke fairly soon. Is there a better product for thrush and how can I prevent it?
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-08-2009, 08:55 PM
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where is he? stall, pasture? is the pasture very wet? is the stall very clean? is he getting his feet cleaned out daily? these are all things that will cause thrush
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-08-2009, 09:35 PM
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i use iodine, you can get a big bottle for like seven dollars or a HUGE gallon thing for 40 dolllars, iodine also strengthens their feet! hope this helps!
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 12:52 AM
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Personally, the BEST thing I've ever used for thrush is a mastitis preparation called Tomorrow. It's around $20 for a box of 12 prefilled syringes which will give you about 24 doses (using 1/2 a syringe per hoof). What I like best about it is that the tip allows you to get the medicine in the sulci and it won't hurt anything if you get it on something/somewhere you didn't intend it to go. It works like a charm and works FAST - usually after first or second treatment, and won't hurt your horse in any way, like caustics sometimes can.

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You could apply a betadine/epsom salts or sugardine paste to the sole/frog and wrap it with a duct tape boot. Or you can soak in ACV/water or you can apply a paste of fungal cream/triple antibiotic ointment. Be sure to get it way up in the crevices. Personally I've had good luck with ACV soaks. I use a sock on the hoof and a davis boot or any boot. Put sock on hoof(cut to fit over the hoof), put boot on, pour in ACV and let it sit for a couple hours.. Keep the sock wet so it covers the whole hoof. Be careful of getting it on the skin if you use full strength..

Then be sure the footing conditions your horse is in are not making it a never ending battle. And be sure that your horses hoof care is optimal(trimming etc)

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You could apply a betadine/epsom salts or sugardine paste to the sole/frog and wrap it with a duct tape boot.
I think this is a grand idea, esp. if you can't get out there to see him daily. This will treat it while you're not there. Just make sure that it's on nice and tight so it won't fall off and so that other moisture and dirt, gravel, etc won't get in.


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I use copper sulfate. I buy the crystals and boil a pot of water and add crystals to make a saturated solution. When it cools I put it in a squeeze bottle. Daily I clean the hoves and spray a little of the copper sulfate into the cracks prying them open with the hoof pick.
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I wanted to add that I have left the duct tape boot on with Epsom salts and betadine scrub paste for days. Often changing after it fell off. So, it won't hurt to do so if you don't see your horse daily. This mixture is recommended by my vet for thrush, sole abscesses, etc..

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post #9 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 12:29 PM
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First, what are his living conditions? He needs as much turn out as possible on DRY ground, preferably hard ground.

Next, what is he eating? Diets high in sugar or starch can make chronic thrush worse. Consider a grain-free diet of hay, hay pellets, and vitamins instead of any horse feed or grains.

Adding Apple Cider Vinegar to his diet can help balance PH, making an less hospitable environment for thrush. Work your way up to 1/2 to 1 cup daily.

To treat thrush, I like to use a 25% bleach solution. It's cheap, easy, and works well for most types of thrush. Spray every other day until it's gone. If bleach doesn't work, then a mixture of sugar and iodine, made into a paste, works. Spread it on the bottom of the foot, boot, bag, or tape so it's on there for a good 30-60 minutes. Then let the horse just walk it off (don't rinse).
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I battle thrush as well. There is a thing called thrush magic Equine International: Thrush Magic that seems to work well for me. My horses each have their own stalls but are turned out 24/7 unless there is a real need to put them in. My place is fairly dry but my paddocks are dirt and I live near the river so anytime it rains my paddocks get dirty. The vet said that I have icky bacteria filled soil because of where I live (and that most of the people in my area deal w/ thrush). So sometimes it's just a "way of life". You can also get a spray bottle and mix up a chlorox/water solution and spray daily...

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