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    09-14-2010, 10:10 PM

Being new to the horse game, I adopted resuce horses. After them getting healthy again, I was picking thier feet and noticed a terrible odor and powder like substance on there hooves. Someone told me this was thrush and to treat with antibacterial meds. Now my question is, all the research I have done said thrush is a tar like substance in the cracks of the frog and nowhere does it say anything about a powder like substance. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    09-14-2010, 10:53 PM
Thrush is often noticed as a foul odor and either white "powder" I wouldn't call it that it's more like...pasty? Parts of the frog coming off when the hoofs are picked. It can also be black. Either way a strong odor and anything that looks too wet in the hoof calls for treatment in my book usually. One dose of thrush buster or the like can't hurt.
    09-14-2010, 11:22 PM
The white "powder" is probably from the sole trying to slough off. Thrush is usually indicated by dark, soft areas on and around the frog. Treatment will help, but you may need a farrier/trimmer to come out and clean it up initially for you.

Until you can get someone out, be sure to clean and scrub the feet well. Use dish soap and water with a stiff dollar store brush to clean well. Dry and then apply thrush treatment (thrushbuster, thrush-x, etc) or your own mix of zinc and triple anti-biotic ointment (50/50 mix).

After the trim, you will need to maintain treatments for a while. Ask your farrier when (s)he comes out.
    09-15-2010, 12:01 AM
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Chalky white is dead sole shedding off, and is normal if your horses are in damp or soft areas.

Thrush does smell bad and is usually found in the grooves on either side of the frog and in the crevice between the heel bulbs. It can be caused by bacteria, fungus, or yeast. I have found a great product that's cheap and can be used to sterilize water/feed buckets, stalls, etc. It's called Germ Control 24. Home Depot has it on their web site, 4 gallons for $50. It's very cost effective and you can soak a horse's feet that have a stubborn case of thrush.
    09-15-2010, 12:19 AM
I have also used apple cider vinegar to treat thrush with great success. Of course I was cleaning the feet out at least once daily and letting them dry out so it could have just been the good cleaning and drying that did it!
    09-15-2010, 04:25 PM
Thank you for all your replies, they have been very helpful. The farrier cannot come until the end of the month, I will clean and treat daily until then. Will she be okay until then? I would hate for this to get out of control. Thanks again!
    09-15-2010, 05:10 PM
The cleaning and treatment should be fine until the end of the month. Just do your best to keep her stall dry and her hooves cleaned out!
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    09-15-2010, 06:32 PM
Originally Posted by Zeke    
The cleaning and treatment should be fine until the end of the month. Just do your best to keep her stall dry and her hooves cleaned out!
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She is boarded in outside pasture, it is fairly dry right now, but there are some water spots. I will do my best to make sure she stays dry, she can be a brat sometimes! Thanks Zeke!
    09-16-2010, 12:26 AM
Green Broke
Pasture is better than stall for feet, unless the whole pasture is wet/muddy. Pick her feet daily and treat the thrush daily until you can't smell it any more. Then treat it 2-3 times a week to prevent it from returning.

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