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    02-10-2010, 09:05 PM
  #1
Banned
Thrush.....

Okay, so my TB has (had) thrush in his two back hooves....on the left side, it was a little less than half of his frog, and on the right it was a little less than a quarter. The farrier cut everything out and I put some thrush buster on there so I'm not worried about treating it, but I'm just wondering how long it would take something like that to pop up? Its been VERY rainy/wet here in our neck of the woods, but why would it only come up in his back feet and not his front? I pick them all every other day, since that's the only time I can get out to the barn, but when work allows I pick them out more often. Is it something that could pop up over the course of a few days, or would this take weeks to fester?

I'm trying to pin down if this is my error, if something funky is going on at the barn, or if it just happened to come about over the weekend.
     
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    02-10-2010, 09:31 PM
  #2
Yearling
Thrush can definitely pop up quickly, especially in conditions like you're having. There is not a lot of rhyme or reason to whether it develops in all 4 or just front, etc. unless there is an injury or weakness in a particular foot. Some horses seem to be more prone to it too, probably not something you did, or something a barn manager or something did, just something your guy gets and since you know how to treat it, no worries.

Although (and you didn't ask for advice so feel free to disregard this, just MHO) I think Koppertox and Thrushbuster are all fairly harsh chemicals that aren't totally necessary, especially if the thrush is not particularly bad. Apple cider vinegar, diluted and applied to clean hooves 1-2 times daily will clear it up as well. If you can get him out of the muck, all the better, but at the very least daily picking and treating and giving some "dry time" is the best way to treat thrush.
     
    02-10-2010, 09:44 PM
  #3
Banned
LOL thanks! I honestly was just looking for the most quick/efficient way to treat it. Thrush buster takes one treatment, and everything else is something like "apply two times daily for x amount of days, then so on and blah blah...." Although I'm sure the BO/barn staff would be happy to do it for me on the days that I couldn't make it out, that's entirely too much of an inconvenience to them IMO. The only time I've ever had them do anything to him for me was when he managed to skin his front leg really well, and we had to wrap it for four days until it started to heal over.

I also think we're in for some more rain, it rained yesterday basically all day and then its supposed to rain Friday. :/ Not good. Definitely though I will keep that recipe in mind for future use!
     
    02-10-2010, 09:48 PM
  #4
Started
I've had it come in 2 days. Their feet will be fine 1 day, miss picking them the next and on the 3rd day - thrush.

And I agree that thrush buster is harsh, it's caustic and made my QH lame when I used too much one time on his frog (before I knew it was caustic). We use diluted betadine. Keep it in a spray bottle and spray it on the frog everytime we pick feet in wet weather. No thrush since :)
     
    02-11-2010, 01:28 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tealamutt    
Thrush can definitely pop up quickly, especially in conditions like you're having. There is not a lot of rhyme or reason to whether it develops in all 4 or just front, etc. unless there is an injury or weakness in a particular foot. Some horses seem to be more prone to it too, probably not something you did, or something a barn manager or something did, just something your guy gets and since you know how to treat it, no worries.

Although (and you didn't ask for advice so feel free to disregard this, just MHO) I think Koppertox and Thrushbuster are all fairly harsh chemicals that aren't totally necessary, especially if the thrush is not particularly bad. Apple cider vinegar, diluted and applied to clean hooves 1-2 times daily will clear it up as well. If you can get him out of the muck, all the better, but at the very least daily picking and treating and giving some "dry time" is the best way to treat thrush.
I agree. Apple cider vinegar is really great stuff!
     
    02-12-2010, 01:36 AM
  #6
Foal
Like the other people of said: apple cider vinegar (though I just put it in a spray bottle and spray it undiluted onto the frog whenever I pick out his feet.).

You may want to look at your horses overall frog health though, because he/she should not be getting thrush that quickly. Just recently I missed cleaning out my horses feet for a week because it was super wet and cold, and when I finally get out there his feet look better than they did before the wet spell!
     
    02-12-2010, 10:03 AM
  #7
Banned
Well, I discovered (through a barefoot hoof site linked elsewhere) that Ice actually had the "deep suculus thrush" that doesn't present as thrush at all--just some heel sensitivity, which he had, and pinching of the frog/heel. I don't feel so bad for missing it, but its good to know so I can watch out for it next time!

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    02-12-2010, 10:20 AM
  #8
Weanling
My gelding gets thrush in all four feet on an off cause TX has such a wet winter. It takes a few weeks for it to usually develop where it is noticable. I just check his feet for it an pick them out when I ride. If I notice it I either put a little Koppertox on it or I cover the bottoms of his feet in a hoof oil that has a thrush fighting agent in it. Check the next day an its usually gone. Thrush is super common so it doesnt have to be a disaster of any kind...just make sure you stay on top of it and there wont be a problem.

Though thanks for the acv recipe...i just keep finding more good things about it.
     

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