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    12-02-2012, 08:33 PM
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Green Broke
Looking at the pics of the hooves, it does not look like they have thrush. They might be dirty. When you clean the grooves around the frog and there is gooey, stinky, black, pasty stuff, your horse has thrush. Usually, thrush is caused from the ground or footing being overly wet.
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    12-02-2012, 09:21 PM
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Usand, you're right that it's not obvious from the pics, but contracted heels & ratty looking frogs usually come with thrush. Also the state of the feet are problematic. You're right that wet footing tends to make for a better environment for thrush, but it's caused by opportunistic soil pathogens that get into the hoof when it's compromised. That's why I think of thrush as a 'symptom', not the underlying problem.
     

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