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    11-30-2009, 04:36 PM
Originally Posted by loosie    
Aha! Was looking for 'Fairy paint' for my little girl the other day, but they no longer sell it at the chemists. Didn't think of getting it from the feed store!

Isn't it just iodine too tho?

AFAIK the active ingredient in purple spray is chlorhexidine as opposed to Iodine.

I dare say either would be just as effective if used regularly, but the purple spray we buy comes in a pump dispenser so easy to get right into the frog.
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    12-11-2009, 04:46 PM
Thrush can really tear up a hoof for sure. If you are checking the feet regulary--twice a week minimum--then you should catch it quick and most of the things out there will work.

If its bad--I've seen it necesary to cut the front of the hoof off to kill it-- I would not mess around with it and use methiolate. You can get it at most farrier supply houses. Yea I know I know but it works quick and is effective.
    12-11-2009, 11:11 PM
Does the cold weather and snow kill thrush? It's been getting to the zero degree this past week at night and it's no higher than 20 in the day. I've been cleaning out my horses hoof and his frog isn't as sensetive as it was in the middle crack. "I can't seem to remember right now what the name of that part of the frog is." But that crack in the middle of his frogs seems to have widened up a little too. And I noticed that I could fit the hoof pick into it and he didn't flinch when I did it. He just stood there.

In the past when I would put the pick into there he would wince and move his hoof away so I had to be gentle. He would also do this when I would put they syringe tip "not the needle" into it. But he didn't do that this past week. He just held his hoof still while I picked at that crack with the pick.
    12-11-2009, 11:45 PM
I think I've found an answer to my question.

Thrush can happen in winter, and it isn't always painful.

I've read both opinions on it now. But it only takes one person to have thrush in the winter to mean it's possible.

"It only takes one white crow."
    12-11-2009, 11:55 PM
You really need to see what works for you as many things do work well and differently for each horse depending on how bad it is. I have always had really good luck with a product that is used for cow mastitis it is really nice to use because it works great with drying everything up and it comes in a syringe shape aplicator so you're not losing the product. It is called "today" and it's reasonable prices about 20$ for 10 or 12 doses. Where I am from I can get it from farm and fleet or TSC, but it is real common. Good luck

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