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  • Succulous equine thrush
  • Spray pasture to get rid of thrush in ground

 
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    03-07-2011, 04:56 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by jess93    
Try hydrogen parakocide tht how I got rid of my horses thrush you get it from chemists skwirt it in his foot and hold it up while it skizzles then put it dowbn do it 1 a day and also scrub his feet with hibi scrub 1 a day before hydro parokocide
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Do you mean hydrogen peroxide?

If so, you can buy that at any drug store (and most grocery stores).
     
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    03-07-2011, 04:58 PM
  #12
Started
Zimpatico- Get some iodine, put it in a spray bottle, and spray it once a day for a month. Cheap and works wonderfully! My horse had it a few years ago and he hasn't had a major problem with it since. If it flares up again I catch it quick with this.
     
    03-07-2011, 05:05 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Do you mean hydrogen peroxide?

If so, you can buy that at any drug store (and most grocery stores).
AB, I think you made better sense of that than I did...
     
    03-07-2011, 05:09 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by Zimpatico    
AB, I think you made better sense of that than I did...
It was the best I could come up with. Then I was not sure when they said you had to get it from a chemist.
Hopefully they will come back and clarify.

I like Today/Tomorrow. It has always worked well for me in the past and is easy to put in the right spots.

I can not disagree with the diet change, etc ideas either.

It is hard when you have one on stall rest.
     
    03-07-2011, 08:52 PM
  #15
Trained
Hi,

Firstly agree with PeggySue regarding diet change and yes, a good complete supp(as opposed to a 'hoof' one) is a good move.

Thrush is an opportunistic infection, meaning it is more of a symptom of unhealthy feet than a 'disease' in it's own right - it doesn't effect healthy, well functioning feet. Unfortunately stall rest with lack of exercise is a huge problem and it may be just a case of keeping it at manageable levels until the horse can get out & about again. Obviously exercise may still be out due to the suspensory injury, but if your vet says it's ok, the more light exercise the better.

Unless the thrush is really severe - eg. Bleeding or you can hurt him with finger pressure - I wouldn't use any heavy guns, only ACV, teatree oil or such. Chemicals can damage healthy tissue & nerves, which further reduce function.

I presume the horse is unshod if on stall rest? If not, I'd get the shoes off and keep him well trimmed(and not reshoe him at least until his feet are healthy). There may well have been good reason at the time for the vet to have pared a lot of frog away, but this also weakens the frog and leaves it more open to infection, as well as more sensitive, so the horse is even less likely to be comfortable and so further reduces good hoof function. Therefore trimming should not generally include paring any frog.
     
    03-08-2011, 03:56 PM
  #16
Showing
The only one remedy that worked for me was cleaning the hoofs 2-3 times a day to let oxygen to kill thush. You can also look into Koppertox - that's what my old vet recommended while back.
     
    03-08-2011, 06:02 PM
  #17
Showing
You might also try making "sugardine"...mixing sugar and 10% iodine or betadine, it will mix to be the consistency of honey. Cover generously and wrap his hooves with some cotton and vet wrap. It will draw the infection out and harden the hoof. The most recent studies have shown sugar has some antibacterial properties in itself. Also works great for abcesses.

Noticed that no one has made suggestions about the root of the problem. Thrush is a bacterial infection and while we can treat hooves and clear it up, if we don't treat the ground it will just find it's way back. We treat all of our stalls, both arenas and common areas (in front of the barn, barn aisle, round pen, around the stock tanks and around the large tires we feed hay out of outside) 4 or 5 times a year. You can use a solution made specifically for it from a vet supply company or go to your local hardware store and get commercial grade lysol, it is a stronger grade made for hospitals. Spray everything down good and be sure to allow it to dry well before putting him back on it. It also makes the barn smell lemony fresh and spring cleaned :)

Good luck, hope he heals fast and you are back to riding soon!
     
    03-08-2011, 07:07 PM
  #18
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The bacteria that causes thrush is in the ground and I don't know many people willing to treat their whole pasture

By getting the diet "right" it boost the immune system so that it can stop thrush BEFORE it starts
     
    03-09-2011, 12:14 AM
  #19
Yearling
I use Thrushbuster. Not the off brand..only Thrushbuster. I use it daily or every other day on stubborn infections along with cleaning the feet daily. It clears it right up and does not destroy healthy tissue.

I apply as needed thereafter, ( the bottle says once a week but I use it anytime I feel it needs a good dose) unless I have a bad succulous crack to grow out and then I keep treating daily and shove the nozzel way up in the crack looking for it to run out the back of the crack. I then stuff the crack with a cotton ball and soak the ball with TB also to keep medicating the crack as long and it stays in the crack...hopefully till I pick it out the next day if its a deep crack.

Its only downfall is it stains anything it touches purple for awhile.
     
    03-09-2011, 12:28 AM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
Noticed that no one has made suggestions about the root of the problem. Thrush is a bacterial infection and while we can treat hooves and clear it up, if we don't treat the ground it will just find it's way back.
'Thrush' is a bit of a generic term for a variety of different organisms, both bacterial and fungal. There are different organisms in different places. Even if it were feasible to treat a whole property, I would not personally want to do this, as killing bacteria & fungus that cause thrush will also mean there are a bazillion other micro organisms killed in the soil, which are generally good for something or other.

Regarding 'root of the problem', as I said, the root of the problem is unhealthy, ill functioning feet, not the organisms.
     

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