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    08-27-2011, 11:18 AM

Hi one of the horses which share a field with mine haas rather had thrush? What is the chance of my horse getting thrush? Also what's the best way to treat it? Thank you x
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    08-27-2011, 12:26 PM
Thrush isn't contagious, so your horse won't catch it from an animal that has it. However, the conditions that cause thrush can also affect your horse, so you'll need to keep an eye on him.

Thrush XX works well, and you can always spray a diluted bleach solution on the bottom of your horse's feet as a preventative if you're so inclined. There are many types of thrush fighters, so what you want to use is merely personal preference.
    08-27-2011, 12:28 PM
Because another horse has thrush does not mean your horse will get it also. However, if the ground outside is wet and soggy due to rain, chances are increased that your horse might pick it up. If he does get it, make sure to clean out his feet thoroughly and put on some thrush buster or something similar to it. You can find products to treat it at a farm and fleet, tractor supply or a local tack shop. To try and prevent it, make sure you are cleaning his feet regularly!
    08-27-2011, 03:49 PM
Thank you for your replys, I pick some stuff up next time I go to the tack shop just incase he ever gets it.
    08-27-2011, 09:04 PM
Yeah, thrush comes from bacterial & fungal organisms in the soil. If a horse has healthy, well functioning feet & well balanced nutrition & a good diet, he will be much less susceptible to bugs such as this.
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    08-29-2011, 07:22 AM
Iv read online that water and apple cider vinegar can stop infection and is genrally good for the hoof, would I be ok to just pray my ponies feet with it everyday once they have been cleaned out? Sorry for keep asking.
    08-29-2011, 07:50 AM
Welcome to the forum.

Preventative care can never hurt. Spraying their feet with the mixture won't hurt but may not help much. The solution will be easily washed off in the same wet weather the caused the problem. There are products that stay on the hoof and are more waterproof then using a product with water.
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    08-29-2011, 09:16 AM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Welcome to the forum.

Preventative care can never hurt. Spraying their feet with the mixture won't hurt but may not help much. The solution will be easily washed off in the same wet weather the caused the problem. There are products that stay on the hoof and are more waterproof then using a product with water.
Thank you, im going to have to get something im worrying to much I think but he's only tiny :)
    08-29-2011, 11:28 AM
Oh Thrush, that stuff is a pain in the a**...Does your horse have shoes?, if so, is there any way you could haul them off for awhile??, if so, this is something you can do that works pretty well, Bring down the heels to where the frog, (or whats left of it from thrush) to make contact with the ground, if the horse has high heels, don't do this all in one trim..Once you see the frog has contact, If you have a place at your barn that has sand of very fine rocks for footing, have the horse run, walk whatever on that footing, the sand will clean out the hoof like you will not believe,the sand works like sand paper, and scrubs the frog, and the hoof , but, it does not heal it, it does give you an oppertunity to have a nice clean hoof for treatment, and having the hoof work naturally with good contact with the ground promotes great blood circulation to the frog and hoof, and helps get a healty hoof ..Once the hoof is nice and clean from the sand, you could put on a soaking boat with apple cider vinager in it, and leave it for around 15 minutes... thrush can be caused by wet muddy conditions, but also there might be something else going on with your horse..We have 2 horses at our barn, 1 gets thrush while the other one never does..
    08-29-2011, 03:53 PM
A couple of things that I have found incredibly dealing with thrush:

First, during "thrush season" (any time the horse is standing on damp footing for a good part of the day), I spray the hooves with athlete's foot spray (the spray powder version tends to stay on the best) when the horse comes in to its stall for the night, thus allowing the anti-fungal to an opportunity to hopefully stay on and do its thing for a while. It's an easy and inexpensive preventative option, so I always like to start there.

Second, if the horse develops thrush, my preferred method of treatment is to rinse the hoof out with a diluted Listerene solution, and then apply Tomorrow mastitis cream to the affected areas. If the thrush has caused deep crevices, you can squirt the Tomorrow in and then pack with cotton to keep the treatment in place for a length of time (though the soaked cotton will almost certainly have worked itself out by the next time you clean and treat the hoof). If the thrush isn't particularly advanced and has not yet caused deep crevices, I have had success merely rubbing the Tomorrow cream into the affected area and then keeping the horse standing in a dry area (preferably dry concrete if that's an option) to allow the product to fully penetrate.

Good luck!

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