I noticed today that my mare is starting to develop some minor thrush. She has never had it before and last time I had to treat a horse of mine for anything foot related was years ago so I don't remember what I used.
I know there are plenty of store bought treatments, but I think I read somewhere on here about someone using tea-tree oil to help prevent further development of thrush.
On that note, my bf's mom has a slight obsession with Melaleuca products and has given me two different first aid productsa. I have a container of 100% Melaleuca oil (tea-tree oil) and a topical balm similar to Poly-sporin that contains Melaleuca oil, beeswax, wheat germ oil, petrolatum, cocoa butter, ozokerit wax, D-trocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A), cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).
I have used the topical balm on her for small nicks and scratches and it works great, so I'm not worried about any allergic reactions, I'm just curious if it would have any affect on her feet and thrush, good or bad.
If it would be beneficial, which treatment option would be best, cover the effected area in the topical balm, or packing oil-soaked cotton balls in and letting her stand with them for awhile?
Farrier will be out soon and I am going to ask him if he had ever heard of using tea-tree oil, but I figured I would ask all you on here what you all think as well.