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    12-02-2012, 03:55 PM

Do you think he has trush? Or is anything wrong with his hooves?
1) left front

2) right front

3) both (I know he was standing funny)
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    12-02-2012, 04:14 PM
Smell the hoof, you will know if he has thrush. Also, he has shoes, so chances are he does have thrush. Most horses with shoes do.
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    12-02-2012, 04:30 PM
Originally Posted by RustyBucket    
Smell the hoof, you will know if he has thrush. Also, he has shoes, so chances are he does have thrush. Most horses with shoes do.
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What does it smell like (he is my first horse and I have never smelled thrush before) if so how do I treat it (I have thrush buster as someone gave it to me🙀 would I put it on his frog or near?)
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    12-02-2012, 05:14 PM
There are many different things you can use for thrush. One of the easiest things to do is to spray Apple Cider Vinegar on the clean sole getting in all the little cracks and crevices. You would do this daily for a while then just weekly if you feel it's gone to keep it away. There is a good cream you can mix up using Triple antib ointment and Athletes foot creamI(both in a tube). I put it in a syringe and squirt it into the crevices of the frog. You can also soak the hoof in ACV. Then there are the commercial antidotes, Thrush buster, Kopertox.. etc. It won't hurt to use them even if your horse doesn't have it, just dont' use bleach.. That is very drying and poop can deactivate the germ killing properties. Not worth it.
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    12-02-2012, 05:27 PM
Green Broke
Like the poster above said... It's smells... Bad!! Horse feet smell, but its a noticeable smell!! You can smell it just standing by them. It might be indescribable but when you smell it you know. Lol. I clean the hoof really well and put some thrush buster in the clefts of the frogs and in the center. If there are any deep cracks I'll stick it in there too! I like to wait and let the medication soak into the hoof before walking them through dirt and mud.
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    12-02-2012, 06:18 PM
Yes, I'd say from the contracted, underrun heels and the ratty look of the frog, it is very likely your horse also has thrush, but it's hard to critique a foot still covered in mud! I don't think shoeing = thrush or vice versa. It happens regardless of shoes & is more about the environment & general health of the feet IME.

Thrush *commonly* smells bad, but not always. Don't rule it out just because his feet don't smell septic. You can treat the infection, as others have suggested, with a range of things. ACV often works, but t-tree or eucalyptus oil are more 'broad spectrum' antiseptics.

But the infection is more of the 'symptom' IMO. As mentioned, environment is a big factor & keeping him out of mud & on dry footing as much as possible is important. Working towards getting those feet into healthy, well functioning form, so he can start using & therefore developing his heels is another thing. Diet - low GI diet & well balanced nutrition is another big factor of hoof health.
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    12-02-2012, 06:21 PM
I used the mane and tail thrush stuff and it works very well. It doesnt smell or stain and because its a gel it stays on good too =)
    12-02-2012, 06:31 PM
Green Broke
Like Loosie said, it's hard to tell, but most likely they do have thrush. I use apple cider vinegar for that also, and try to keep my pens as dry as possible.
    12-02-2012, 06:45 PM
Oh flytobecat, can I pinch your avatar pic to send to my MIL?? She does things like asking me if I want something particular, if I say no she asks my husband & then mother - who, knowing me tell her same, then buys it anyway! Recently went o/s & asked what I wanted her to bring me back. I said I didn't know, something little if she must. She asked if I wanted jewellery & I said I have a lot of it & rarely wear it. She asked if I wanted a scarf & I said I don't wear scarves(she's only known me about 24 years now!). She was going to Belgium, so I said some Belgian chocolate would be great. She came back with a necklace & a scarf, told me she decided not to get chocolate because I wouldn't get to eat it all to myself!!

I'm giving her a wooden bird on a stick for xmas & telling her I was going to buy her a bottle of wine too but thought she'd only share it, so there was no point...
    12-02-2012, 07:56 PM
Green Broke
LOL! I don't how you would pinch the avatar, but you are welcome to it. You can always send me the bottle of wine :)
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