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    04-03-2010, 12:24 AM

When I was keeping my horse at a nearby stable before I had my pasture fenced in he developed thrush. The stable's farrier didn't notice it, and I didn't notice it (I don't believe I had ever seen a case, actually). When I moved him home and switched farriers he brought it to my attention. I used iodine on it for a while and it went away. This past winter when we got so much rain here in North Georgia he developed a little bit of thrush again. I wasn't picking his hooves as much as I should've been apparently. Shame on me. I was looking at the bottle of hoof conditioner I put on my horses' hooves and noticed it was effective against thrush. I looked it up on the internet, couldn't find a whole ton of information on it, but found the Horse Journal rated it as their top pick of thrush products. I went on another website and some guy was talking about it on there... saying how it has antifungals in it to prevent and treat thrush. Has anyone ever tried this product out against thrush? I'm wondering if it really works...
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    04-03-2010, 12:46 AM
no I havent but my horse has it all the time and my vet today actually said ues the indine. So I will be useing that..and if worked the first time I would say you shoud try it again!! I know im going to!!
    04-03-2010, 12:53 AM
Iodine will dry it out. I prefer apple cider vinegar and ThrushBuster.
    04-03-2010, 09:05 AM
I admit to rarely picking out feet here other than upon return from a ride/another barn. No thrush here, no shoes, either. A proper vit/min-balanced diet and a good trim with or without shoes, will be your best friend against thrush. Good luck clearing it up and getting back to better things, like riding : )
    04-03-2010, 09:11 AM
Green Broke
I read your post three times and didn't see where you mentioned the product in question

This is not a hoof conditioner: Hooflex® Thrush Remedy – Hoof Care – Products – Absorbine

This is some of the best stuff I have ever gotten my hands on. It is also non-invasive to the healthy tissue and has an oily base to help moisturize the hooves, frogs, and heel bulbs.

I use it once a week on all my horses and will lightly rub it up beyond the heel bulb. It really seems to help my one horse that is prone to scratches.

It is an excellent preventative
    04-03-2010, 10:01 PM
Oops, I guess I wrote that in a hurry! Sorry! The product is called Hoof Heal. It's made by a company called Cut Heal.
    04-03-2010, 10:03 PM
The riding stables I work at had an outbreak of scratches a little while ago... I'll have to suggest that product to the owner. Thanks!
    04-03-2010, 10:40 PM
Green Broke
I can't really answer your question because i've never used the product, but I must recommend Thrush Bomb. It's this purple liquid, and it comes in a small bottle for around seven dollars, and one application clears up the thrush within a day. It's amazing!
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    04-04-2010, 06:51 AM
Hey ya, Iv used Iodine and it works well. My last farrier (he's retiered now) says Asorbine (Hooflex) is good, and an old but trusted remedy is household bleach.
Mixed at 1 part Bleach to 3 parts water in a spray bottle, and apply most days till thrush is gone. For a nasty outbreak or first treatment you can mix half and half.
This is good for mudfeaver too. But make it up 1 - 4 or weaker depending on how "raw" the skin is.
    04-04-2010, 08:49 AM
The old ranchers and farriers around here always use iodine when it's been as wet as it was last year and winter, and they will use it everyday to help prevent bacterial/fungal problems. It's effective and inexpensive.

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