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        11-27-2008, 10:30 AM
    Any type of regular thrush killer can actually do more harm than good.
    I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend using a topical treatment for Mastitis (you can get it at Tractor Supplies). It's called Go-Dry. It's a suringe filled with white liquid. One suringe will be enough for all 4 feet...and there's' 12 in the package.
    This is something you can apply every day if needed without fear of harming the frog or the hoof. It takes care of thrush quickly. Sonny had thrush extremely bad and it cured it up within 2 days.

    Also to keep thrush away, try spraying a 50-50 solution of Apple Cider Vinigar (spelled wrong) and water. Use that every day and it actually changes the PH of the hoof so thrush cannot grow. But it won't harm the hoof.
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        11-27-2008, 09:52 PM
    I've always used bleach or CopperCare. I heard tea bags are good for keeping a cold sore away!
        11-28-2008, 12:38 AM
    Bleach and CopperCare will take care of the thrush, but it cannot be used to prevent it and if used with no thruth by accident, it can harm the frog.
    Go-Dry can be used as many times as you need to without fear or using the frog. That's why I like it...I use it as a preventative and treatment.
        11-28-2008, 01:05 AM
    I've never had to use anything to prevent thrush. Regular care of the hoof and mucking the stall daily works for me!
        11-28-2008, 09:33 AM
    Some horse aren't kept in stalls...some are out in pasture's 24/7 like Sonny. There is no way to avoid the mud in the pasture when it rained almost every other day this summer (not sure if it rained that much, but it sure felt like it....we hardly had any dry days). And some horses are more prone to thrush than others. Prevention, IMO, is a good thing for since I started using the Apple Cider Vinigar treatment with a monthly treatment of mastitis (I'm trying to use it up quickly because I'm afraid it will freeze in the winter and then it suringes will explode...don't want my tack covered in it even though it does not stain), and I haven't had any problems with thrush even though every other horse at the stables has.
        11-28-2008, 10:37 AM
    Diet and hoof form aer the keys to preventing thrush ....

    As far as treatment Bleach is a CAUSTIC agent why would you put that on your horse anywhere... if you had a rash that was infected would you apply it to your body??

    The Go Dry is suppose to be amazing... but since I haven't had a case of thrush since I heard about it I dunno
        11-28-2008, 01:38 PM
    I have a couple of favorite routes to go with hoof greebles. One is to soak in ACV/water. Since I have no patience for soaking in buckets or tubs I use a hoof boot. First I put an old mans sock, cut down on the hoof, shove it in a boot and pour in some acv. You can use it full strenght if you are careful to keep it off of hair/skin. The other method is to make a hoof boot with duct tape and vetwrap. I use either sugardine or a paste of betadine scrub and epson salts. Pack that into the sole/frog area and then place a 4" gauze pad or the like on the sole. Wrap with some vetwrap to stabilize it, then apply the duct tape boot. You can leave that on for a day or ? It won't hurt anything.
        11-28-2008, 02:16 PM
    Appy, what's the purpose of the "old man sock"? Is it going on the hoof first or are you putting the ACV on the sock and then putting the hoof in?

    I use a soak boot for everything, as you, I have little to no patience for bucket soaking.....A soak boot is the best $40 I've ever spent.
        11-28-2008, 03:46 PM
    Originally Posted by Peggysue    
    diet and hoof form aer the keys to preventing thrush ....

    The Go Dry is suppose to be amazing... but since I haven't had a case of thrush since I heard about it I dunno
    If you live in a wet part of the US, there is no way, even with a good diet and a great farrier, can you get away from thrush (unless the horse is kept inside all the time, and the bedding is cleaned often...but that's not particually healthy for the horse). In NY, especially with the weather we've been having, there is NO way to prevent thrush....even a simple hour turnout can cause thrush.

    Go-Dry IS amazing works the best IMO, and I've tried the other stuff that treats thrush.
    The pros to Go-Dry
    1) Odorless (well has a slight odor, but it isn't a bad one)
    2) does not stain!!!!
    3) safe to get on hands
    4) won't damage the frog or the hoof
    5) once a week treatment until thrush is gone....does not need to be applyed daily (huge plus for me hehe)

    I highly highly highly recommend it
        11-28-2008, 04:10 PM
    Sonnyswimp I am in IL an dmy pen is wet in all but the MIDDLE of summer months or when it is froze at times mine are in fetlock deep mud adn the only place dry is IN THE BARN if I am lucky ... I fought Thrush hard until I changed farriers had one case three trims after he took over shortly BEFORE I changed feeds...

    Thrush is a immune system and hoof form issue... some horses are more prone to it then others...

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