Hi guys. I'm desperately hoping someone can help me out here. My little pony is seriously prone to thrush. He was bought with horrible thrush, lame, feet bleeding, tons of treatment. Then was better, though still always prone to it. He gets it on and off and it's usually manageable. We buy Go-Dry mastitis treatment and use the syringe-y part to squirt in the crack of his heel inside his foot. But if it gets wet for a while, it gets worse, and hunks of his frog come apart and fall off.
Now, I'm not sure but it doesn't seem like this is normal shedding- it falls off so that you can see the white spongier part of his foot and, usually near his heels, he literally has no normal black tough rubbery frog; it's gone. Right now, on his front right, that happened but to almost all of the frog! There's less than an inch of actual tough black stuff, just near the point of the frog. I'm at a loss for what to do! He was off on Thursday, sound yesterday, but I'm scared to ride him because if he steps on something I'm worried it will just pierce right through his foot.
He's not shod, and other than the Go-Dry, I diaper wrap his fronts after I pack them with sugardyne. On Thursday I tried to soak him in warm water, betadine and epsom salts with little luck, and yesterday I rewrapped his fronts, this time with cotton soaked in betadine. I'm at a loss for what to do.
Here are my main questions, I guess: (1) Do you definitely think this is because of thrush? There's no smell or black ick, but I know those aren't always apparent when thrush is working on a foot. (2) What on Earth do I do? Am I doing the right thing, or no? Help! (3) The product that seems to have the best reviews online for bad cases of thrush, not just a little bit of black gunk, is pretty consistantly White Lightning. Can I have some oppinions and personal experiences with this stuff?
I wicked sorry about how long this is, but thank you so much! Any ideas or oppinions on what to do would be great. If you have any questions just ask! Thank you, thank you, thank you!