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        08-14-2013, 10:34 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    I really need some advice- hoof health

    It's been wet, rainy, and miserable around here all summer-- something we're not used to having. I'm used to droughts, and dry cracking feet.

    But now my gelding has white line disease, and my mare has thrush. I'm on the verge of just quitting and selling them because I just can't deal with it. I'm pregnant, and have a one year old son already, and I'm just at a loss.

    My pastures flood constantly, and still haven't dried out completely. It's raining again, and I have no where dry to put my horses-- there is a tractor shed that they go into to get out of the rain, but they don't stay in there. My house and the yard around it is on higher ground so I've been trying to keep them there, but I just don't know what to do any more. I'm sitting here crying about it because I just don't know if I can afford all the treatment.

    Anyone have any suggestions? I'll take any advice I can get.
         
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        08-14-2013, 11:10 AM
      #2
    Green Broke
    I feel for you. Been there too. 7 months of fall and winter and the rest it was T- storms.
    If you can get them on higher ground, maybe put some peagravel in front of the shed also, dig little canals for the water to go away from where the horses are.

    WLD I can't help you with.
    For thrush I use a " goo" made out of 1/3 triple antibiotic cream( Walmart 88 cents), athlete's foot cream w/clotrinizole( Walmart, 88 cents), Monistat( yes) and half a tube diaper rash creme. The last two I take the no names also, significantly cheaper.
    Mix it all together and apply daily, best with a syringe to make sure it gets deep in there. After cleaning the hooves, and drying them, of course.

    Im sure others on here will come up with more ideas.
         
        08-14-2013, 04:01 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Im having really good luck with Veterinary Preference Thrush treatment pads! My gelding has really high heels in both his front feet which leaves his feet subseptible to deep slucus thrush. Its something I have battled for years even when it is dry! Sence I have taken over trimming him myself his feet have improved quite a bit, but he was still having problems with thrush! While shopping for a new set of nippers I was talking with the owner of our local farrier supply store about my horses feet. She recomended that I try the thrush pads! I thought what the heck it can't hurt to try! That's the best 16.00 I have spent! I am still on my first jar of the pads and the difference in my geldings feet is amazing I can now see the bottom of his rather deep slucus crater (too big for a crack)! Its already getting shallower and shallower! It should be gone within the next few trims! Im sold on the product I have used thrushbuster, ramey goo, betadine, and diluted bleach at one point! This product so far is the one that's working the best! Is easy to use just pick the foot out well and pack one pad in each collateral grove and if you have a slucus crack pack in their too! They when packed in tight stay put!
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        08-14-2013, 04:03 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Thanks for the tips. The gravel in the shed would probably be a good idea because it's at the bottom of a hill and the water usually runs under the walls. I told my husband that even though it's inconvenient to have to open the gate all the time, I can't let them into the other pastures. This time last year was so different! We could walk all over the field! Now we sink into mud in the far corners. -sigh- I might just have to convert my garage into a barn lol
         
        08-14-2013, 04:25 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Good luck, hope things get better for you and your horses soon! :)
         
        08-14-2013, 09:23 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Well your horse with white line disease, hmmmmm is that laminitis? Explain.....are they usually in a grass field but it is muddy? Or are they in separate paddocks where one is muddy and the other one is grassy?

    Trish is not too difficult to treat, keep the feet clean, there are many different things to help with the treatment but white line disease is a whole different story. Keep the horse with white line disease on limited grass and look into some sort of treatment for the thrush, I like tee tree oil, just keep the hooves clean on both of the horses but tee tree oil is good for so many things including thrush but unfortunately you have to do it several times a day. Good Luck
         
        08-14-2013, 09:31 PM
      #7
    Foal
    For thrush - A good cleaning of the hoof with warm water is in order, then go out and buy a couple bottles of hydrogen peroxide. Dump that on the clean hoof, make sure you get right into that yucky thrushy area and wipe clean, drump a little more and shove some soaked cotton balls in there tightly packed. After she walks around for a couple minutes they will fall out, but once is all it took for my mare who had it in both front feet quite severely. You could also tie them somewhere and duct take the cotton swabs into his hoot creating a "boot" let him/her stand for a bit then take it off and let him/her back into the pasture. Repeat daily, or weekly, or as necessary.
         
        08-14-2013, 09:41 PM
      #8
    Trained
    If your horses are barefoot, Oxine works wonders. It's a wee bit caustic, but it does wonders when you soak your horse's feet in it for 20 minutes once every few weeks. It gets into all the little crevices and kills everything. I've never seen a product so effective.

    For a more simple preventive approach, scrubbing the frogs with Dawn dish liquid every few days keeps a lot of the bugs at bay no matter how wet it is outside.
         
        08-14-2013, 09:54 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by sachmo    
    Well your horse with white line disease, hmmmmm is that laminitis? Explain.....are they usually in a grass field but it is muddy? Or are they in separate paddocks where one is muddy and the other one is grassy?

    Trish is not too difficult to treat, keep the feet clean, there are many different things to help with the treatment but white line disease is a whole different story. Keep the horse with white line disease on limited grass and look into some sort of treatment for the thrush, I like tee tree oil, just keep the hooves clean on both of the horses but tee tree oil is good for so many things including thrush but unfortunately you have to do it several times a day. Good Luck
    White Line Disease is not laminitis. Check them out on google or search the forum for more info.
         
        08-14-2013, 10:48 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    Thrush in the frog is not that tough to deal with unless it's eaten it's way beyond the sole (and they you have a real problem). Most horses I've picked up in over the years have come with some degree of thrush. Usually just near the surface in small pockets and creating a lot of ragged and squishy frog although I have had some cases that were deep in the back of the frog.
    Don't use anything harsh or strong. The frogs will thank you. Save you money on all the "equine" medicine. You can buy what you need in the grocery store and hair care section of the pharmacy.
    If you can see the hole and it's not deep the open it up, clean out the goo and rinse it well at least once a day with a solution of 2 to 3 parts vinegar to one part water (or you can use pure vinegar if you like). Thrush can't handle the acid in the vinegar. You can also put tea tree oil on it after the vinegar rinse. If you look at some of the things sold by the equine industry for treating a lot of problems they have tea tree oil as a primary ingredient (put the charge more for it).

    If it's deep (e.g. Often you'll find this at the rear of the frog with it deep in a spit between the bulbs) you need to swap is out to remove that nasty gunk, rinse with vinegar, soak some cotton or gauze with tea tree oil and pack it into the crevice or cavity where the thrush is. Pack it all the way into the hole and fill it with more oil soaked packing if it's that deep. I do this because the hole it's in is just too nice a breeding ground for it and if one little bit manages to survive the vinegar and tea tree oil it will take longer to clear up. I change out the packing (repeating the process) about every 3-4 days. It's usually all gone within 2 weeks.

    Ok, yes it's a bit of overkill, but I'm a bit obsessive about thrush.
         

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