So when I had horses with my parents, thrush was a sign of bad husbandry. If you didn't clean your horse's hooves regularly or left them in a dirty stall you get thrush. My parents would always remind me if I was being lazy as a teenager!
So imagine my surprise when I see Jackson has thrush today! He stepped on a pulled shoe two weeks ago and I've been keeping his rear left hoof bandaged with ichthammol per the vet's request. When I took off the bandage today I noticed that under all the ichthammol blobs was thrush!
At least, that's what it looked like to me and the ladies available at the barn. It smelled awful and it was flaky and white. But that hoof was bandaged and the thrush was only where the ichthammol had been! In the hole the vet dug out and towards his heel where I had wiped an extra blob.
So the current theory is that the ichthammol pulled the moisture from the hoof and the bandage deprived of of oxygen and voila, thrush? Does that make sense?
So my real question is this: do I need to call the 'on-call' vet out this weekend or is treating it with Thrush Buster and keeping it unwrapped good enough?
I can't call and talk with my vet until Monday. I'm supposed to keep the hoof bandaged with the ichthammol until tues/wends but tonight I left it unbandaged so it could air out.
Barn advice was to give it a few days to see if the Thrush Buster works. I'm just very very nervous because the vets dug out a hole in his foot where the puncture was (to drain for any poss infection/abscess) and now it's got this nasty bacteria in it on top of everything else!
He's not swollen or hot but he's limping and uncomfortable. Weekend vet call time or wait and see?