I got Jazz's feet trimmed today by the Healthy Stride Clinic, and it turns out that he has thrush. And not just the beginning stages. I can't believe that I missed it - I feel like SUCH a horrible horse person! I can't sleep. I am officially freaking out.
Okay, so here's the situation: I have Jazz on lease, and I've had him for about three weeks. He was on lease to another person before he came to me (family illness caused her to not have time for him), and she didn't take very good care of him, so I'm pretty sure he must have had it when he first came to me. So, if I wasn't an idiot, I would have noticed it then, and it would be easy to treat, but since I apparently AM a complete idiot, it has now progressed for another three weeks.
He has it in all four feet. It is worse in the two fronts, and particularly in his right front. It has actually eaten away a bit of the frog on the right front. They told me to mix brown sugar and iodine to make a molasses-like texture, and pack it into his feet. I've been reading all of my horse books on the sections about thrush, and it says to use that if the thrush is still in the initial stages (dark coloring on the sole or around the frog), but if the frog has started to degenerate, to talk to your vet about a stronger treatment.
I'll be at the barn tomorrow, and I can't sleep until I know what I should do to treat this. Feel free to rip me to shreds for this, I deserve it - but please also tell me what to do!