Originally Posted by sandy2u1
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).