06-14-2011, 08:45 PM
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Yes, he can come up lame because the frogs are so tender. The frogs can actually get eaten away by the thrush if left un-attended long enough.
If he's prone to thrush:
1. Diet can play a crucial role, but folks rarely want to acknowledge that.
2. The immune system plays a crucial role and he may or may not have a vit/min deficiency.
3. Environment plays a crucial role. In the mud all the time with no time to dry out? In stall where, even though the manure is cleaned out everyday, the urine is standing and he's standing right in it?
4. Club hooves tend to be thrushy.
5. Any combination of the above.
Do not soak the thrushy hooves in a clorox/water mix. It is too invasive to the healthy tissue and will burn the raw areas.
There is a product called ToMorrow that is a cow mastitis treatment. It generally can be found at the local Co-Op feed store or maybe your Tractor Supply.
Soak the thrushy hooves in a strong mix of betadyine/water for about 5 minutes per hoof. Pat as dry as possible with paper towels so you can throw them away.
Shoot the ToMorrow down along the sides of the frogs and in the sulci if it is cracked open and full of infection. Some diaper rash cream on top of that will hold everything in.
There is also CleanTrax or White Lightening. One or both of them requires a soaking boot. I have never used them but they both get good reviews from other horse owners with major thrush issues.
Hopefully this horse can come into a clean stall for 12 hours then outside for 12 hours. He needs to be moving around to encourage the frogs to pump blood.
If he is living in a dry lot environment, that is going to compound the issue because manure can be picked up but urine cannot and it absorbs into the dirt.
Shoeing him won't do a thing for thrush, in case someone tries to tell you that.