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post #1 of 5 Old 06-22-2008, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thrush Treatment

Ok I noticed while cleaning my horses hooves that she had thrush. Luckily in the tack room there was some thrush buster for anyone to use so I took some. Im not sure if I put it on right though. I just kinda squeezed a bit of the smelly blue liquid on her feet and spread it out a bit with a hoof pick brush because so much came out at once. Did I put it on right? And I was also wondering if your horses field gets quite mucky and wet is it a good idea to put it on like once a week to prevent thrush?
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-22-2008, 01:14 PM
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my farrier recommended using a 50-50 solution of Apple Cider Vinager and water and spray it on the horses hooves whenever you can and that will help prevent thrush.

For treating thrush...I HIGHLY recommend getting Go-Dry treatment for Mastitis (in the livestock section at Tractor Supplies). Sonny's hooves had thrush and he wasn't responding at all to the different medicines I've tried...with ONE treatment of the Go-Dry the thrush was gone in 3 days...and it's a once a week treatment where as all the others are daily.

Also I stay away from Thrush Buster and Thrush XXX and other thrush medicines...cause not only does it kill thrush, but it KILLS the healthy frog cells. It is NOT something you want to put on to prevent (and I personally wouldn't put it on to treat either) thrush
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-22-2008, 01:41 PM
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thers a solution that you can get i think its sodium cloride....i think that wats its called.
it kills all the bacteria and helps heal the hoof
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-22-2008, 04:19 PM
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I second the Apple Cider Vinegar mix for use in prevention of thrush. I creates a pH that's hostile to the nasties that cause thrush, yet doesn't harm the horse. It's also non-toxic to humans, which is a huge plus, and it's cost effective.

You can actually use ACV to kill the thrush as well,just mix it a little stronger and apply daily for a week or until it clears up. This mix is better for mild infections. If you have a stubborn case, there are better treatments.

Generally, just trying to let the feet get some air everyday does a lot for prevention. It's been sooo wet in parts of the country, it's harder than usual to keep thrush at bay. If you can provide a dry spot for your horse to "loaf around" that helps. At the very least, picking the feet out every day will help, even if they go right back in the mud. Any exposure to air is beneficial for the frog.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-22-2008, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Magicbex
thers a solution that you can get i think its sodium cloride....i think that wats its called.
it kills all the bacteria and helps heal the hoof
Ya, that's bleach. Works well. I keep a 50/50 solution in the barn all the time.
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