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post #1 of 12 Old 07-27-2010, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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questions about hoof thrush and a sore ear

I know the two are unrelated for those of you that are thinking of telling me how stupid I am Just thought I'd ask questions about both in the same thread. My horse was diagnosed with thrush by the farrier. I was told (not by the farrier) that the best treatment is iodine. Is this correct? If so, how often am I supposed to put it on there? I also heard that thrush could be a reoccurring problem. Is there something I can use on him daily to prevent it?

My horse also has a very sore ear. I know, the poor guy is falling apart. I'm thinking he may have just got stung or bit on the ear or something. I just wanted to see what y'all thought. Anybody had this happen?
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For the thrush I would invest in some Koppertox...it's messy but it works and it's okay to use every day until the thrush is gone, then I would use it once a week. Another remember which others here will argue with that I have always used is just a spray bottle with half water/half bleach. I have NEVER had a problem with it but other people say it can cause issues with the frog, etc.

As for the ear, is the hair trimmed out or still hairy? Can you see in it? Does it look clean or dirty? Horses can get mites and other bugs in their ears or sometimes if they roll in the mud it could get lodged in the ear and dry, this could be an issue. It could also have gotten bumped or banged in the stall or some other mishap. If it remains sore for more than 3 days I would probably have a vet check it out to make sure it isn't an ear infection or some sort of parasite.
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Thanks Cinnys Whinny for the post. A friend told me that I could pour bleach in his hooves, but I was to scared to do it. I'm afraid it will burn them or something. As for the Koppertox, it looks like I will need to order it online. I guess I could use the bleach and water for a couple of days until the koppertox gets here.

To answer your question, his ear is hairy. I first noticed the soreness yesterday when I went to put his bridal on and he squealed, threw his head and backed up (he normally doesn't mind me touching his ears). He didn't want to let me get near it today either....putting on his halter was a real task. I don't think it will be better by tomorrow, which will make the third day (if not the fourth...I used a turnout rope sunday, so I wouldn't have noticed if something was wrong). I think tomorrow I will just go ahead and make him an appointment with the vet...just to be on the safe side.
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There are lots of thrush remedies. They all work okay. The best way to prevent thrush is to pick your horse's feet daily (or as often as possible) and have a balanced diet. Often adding apple cider vinager to the horse's diet can help, 1/2 cup daily. This changes the PH in the horse's skin to make it not good for yeast and bacteria to thrive.
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my horse just got diagnosed with a mild case of thrush and I had a mare a long time ago who had it when we got her I always used the half bleach half water mixture and it has worked fine with my horses. Cleared the thrush up perfectly with no issues

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My horse was diagnosed with thrush by the farrier. I was told (not by the farrier) that the best treatment is iodine. Is this correct? If so, how often am I supposed to put it on there? I also heard that thrush could be a reoccurring problem. Is there something I can use on him daily to prevent it?
Iodine (or betadine) works very well, is a lot less expensive than commercial thrush products, is not harsh like bleach, helps dry out the foot, and was always the choice for our old farrier and our rancher friends.

Thrush is a bacteria that grows without oxygen and likes warm, moist places, so the best prevention is to keep the hooves picked and dry. For thrush or when it is very wet, the old timers put iodine on everyday (easiest with a small paint brush).

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One of mine gets thrush occasionally, I use sheep rot foot spray, recommended to me by a farrier. Squirt it on and clears his thrush after one or two applications.
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For the thrush I would invest in some Koppertox...
That's what I use too by recommendation from my vet (I think it works much better than Thrushbuster I used before). However I believe iodine is helpful as well (I use it for preventive purpose once in while).
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Thanks everyone for you tips and advice. I very much appreciate them. Right now its not really possible to keep his hooves dry because it has rained the past few days. Hopefully by picking them out and treating them everyday, I will still be able to get rid of it. What is the normal length of time it normally takes to get rid of thrush?
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Usually with the bleach treatment and keeping hooves dry it would take me 1-2 weeks max to get rid of the thrush completely.

I am remembering something I used during El Nino season in Southern CA when I knew the horse would be standing in nothing but angle high mud for over a month straight...I would take her up to the barn and coat her hooves, inside and out with Corona ointment. I know it sounds gross and like it wouldn't do much but the first year I had a HUGE thrush problem the second year of El Nino and mud standing and she only got a very mild case.
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