Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern California
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Yes, thrush usually occurs when a horse has been standing around in wet ground and is characterized by a foul smell and the frog being a soft chalky white consistency (often under a black layer of sludge). I've never really heard of it causing a horse pain however so the fact your horse was acting "fine and in no pain" doesn't really rule out thrush in my book, I could be wrong though...
My opinion? It makes little sense your horse developed thrush if the ground was as dry as you say it was, but I have seen horses with cracked hooves and thrush. Did you ever wet the ground? Or put the moisturizer IN the frog? I would say your farrier might know better then you and maybe next time you could ask him why he thinks your horse needs to be treated for thrush?
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