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    01-06-2011, 11:31 AM
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Question about thrush

I probably should've asked someone this months ago, but I just found this forum. It's been very dry here in SE Georgia and my horse's feet have been very dry and starting to crack. I've been putting moisturizers on them and giving him supplements in his feed for it and it's starting to help.

But back in October I had a farrier shoe him to keep a crack from getting worse and breaking off. The guy told me to get stuff to give my horse for thrush. I thought horses had to have a lot of moisture in their feet for that? My horse has been fine and in no pain so I'm guessing he was wrong..

Let me know yall's opinions on this. I know it's months after the fact but I'm not a horse expert and would like to know more about this.
     
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    01-06-2011, 11:38 AM
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Yearling
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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    01-06-2011, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Zeke    
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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My horse never stood in wet ground, it is soo dry here. I put moisturizers on the hoof wall and up into his hair a little, not into his frog. I only used this farrier twice, as he was late showing up both times and came unprepared and was rude. I only called him last min to put shoes on. I'm guessing he assumed thrush because of smell?
     
    01-06-2011, 11:58 AM
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Yearling
The smell is very distinct, and possible that's what set him off. It's one of my big clues. I can't diagnose whether he was right or not though without being there, sorry.

I found this link for you:
Horse Hoof Thrush Yeast Infection on Equine Hoof Pictures of Horse Thrush

Sounds like thrush can lead to lameness when left untreated, I've just never seen it go so long as it's very easy to treat. This article brings up a good point, standing in mositure can mean urine and manure and then not being picked out. Just a little reminder to pick hooves often. I usually apply some thrush buster (instead of the product in the article) at the first sign and if it's not better in a week or so I reapply.
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    01-06-2011, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Zeke    
The smell is very distinct, and possible that's what set him off. It's one of my big clues. I can't diagnose whether he was right or not though without being there, sorry.

I found this link for you:
Horse Hoof Thrush Yeast Infection on Equine Hoof Pictures of Horse Thrush

Sounds like thrush can lead to lameness when left untreated, I've just never seen it go so long as it's very easy to treat. This article brings up a good point, standing in mositure can mean urine and manure and then not being picked out. Just a little reminder to pick hooves often. I usually apply some thrush buster (instead of the product in the article) at the first sign and if it's not better in a week or so I reapply.
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Okay thanks! Don't have time to read it right now but I will later today
     
    01-06-2011, 12:02 PM
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Yearling
No problem! It's a quick article, but it gets the jist of it across.
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    01-06-2011, 06:01 PM
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Weanling
I just thought I'd share that when I bought my gelding he had cracked heels and thrust was in there..its it was very sensitive to touch. A fellow boarder reccommended this antibiotic for mastitis in cows.
It's in a little tube like a de-wormer would be.. Just pick out the gunk and squirt the medicine in the area. The tip is small and perfect for getting into small areas. It's about 2 dollars a tube and one tube worked to clear all 4 hooves.
For prevention I use lysol. Some hardware stores sell the concentrate. It's 5 dollars and makes 8 gallons of lysol..needless to say it lasts forever in just a spray bottle size mixture. Smells pleasant and doesn't bleach. I use it about 3 times a week. No thrust since the initial in september.
Just a good really cheap way to treat/prevent thrush.
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    01-06-2011, 08:20 PM
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I went out there today and touched all around his hooves and there didn't seem to be any sensitive spots. I will take my camera with me when I go again this weekend and take pictures and put them up to see what yall think.
     
    01-06-2011, 10:13 PM
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Trained
Check for a crack in the heel bulb. If you can insert a hoof pick into it, you have what's called deep sulcus thrush on your hands. Keeping it clean, open to air with a few cotton balls and applying dry cow to it will clear it up within a few weeks. It is not always visible from the surface, so that might be what's going on.
     
    01-06-2011, 11:00 PM
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Check for a crack in the heel bulb. If you can insert a hoof pick into it, you have what's called deep sulcus thrush on your hands. Keeping it clean, open to air with a few cotton balls and applying dry cow to it will clear it up within a few weeks. It is not always visible from the surface, so that might be what's going on.
I've been cleaning his hooves every day I've been at the barn for the last few months and I haven't noticed any abnormal cracks, but I will definitely look specifically for that.
     

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