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post #1 of 4 Old 06-27-2009, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thrush and Salve remedies?

I am noticing some collection of gunk that looks like thrush and my first horse had it so I know thats what it is. In my area we have real soft marshy ground when it rains so every horse gets it atleast once around here. Which thrush treatment is best to go with? I've noticed there are some that last longer and prevent it from coming back, do those really work? Also whats the best salve to put on a cut? He has some nicks from horses trying to bite him, they picked on him alot :( Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-27-2009, 12:27 PM
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Thrush is an anaerobic bacteria. So as soon as you clean the feet out and the air touches it, it's dead. Keep cleaning them out and try your best to keep them dry. If it's really bad and your not able to clean them out everyday, twice a day. Get a spray bottle and fill it up full of warm water with a teaspoon of bleach. It won't be too harsh on the feet and it does help! Good luck!
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Thrush can be caused by bacteria or yeast. The best way to prevent thrush is to pick the feet daily and feed a forage based diet with little to no sweet feeds, grains, or other high starch horse feeds.

To treat thrush, I fill a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide. I spray the whole bottom of the hoof every other day and stand the horse on concrete or asphalt until it's dry. Once it's dry, I put on Vick's Vapor Rub (will kill yeast and some bacteria). After the trush is gone, I'll just spray the bottoms of their feed with peroxide every so often, if they look damp or "mushy".

Feeding Apple Cider Vinegar is also a good way to prevent thrush in horses that are prone to it. ACV changes the PH of the horse's skin and hooves, so bacteria, yeast, and flies are less likely to find it appealing . Add 1/2 to 1 cup in their feed or water daily.
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Thats works out perfectly since I just bought a bottle of ACV. I had also forgotten all about using the bleach with water. Thanks for your helpful ideas:)

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