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post #1 of 8 Old 09-29-2012, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question What is Thrush?

Ok so I have been seeing a lot about thrush lately and was wondering what is it exactly? I know its and infection but where does it show up? Does anyone have any pics or anything? And finally, How do I know if my horse has thrush?


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Ok so I have been seeing a lot about thrush lately and was wondering what is it exactly? I know its and infection but where does it show up? Does anyone have any pics or anything? And finally, How do I know if my horse has thrush?


Thanks and sorry if its confusing with all the different questions

Thrush is a fungus or infection that grows in the horse's hoof. So pretty much the hoof is either is not cleaned on regular basis OR is standing in a wet soggy land. The frog will be really soft. My horse used to get that a lot. She would stand in mud all the time. I just tried to keep her hooves clean and used a product called "Tomorrow". It worked a lot. The product is pretty much used for cows but my farrier told me it's great for horses with thrush problems.
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Hi,

Infection in the frog is called 'thrush'. Common misconceptions are that it is a symptom of lack of hygeine, horses in dry environments don't suffer from it, it is black & stinky - well, it can be, but not necessarily. It's a symptom of unhealthy heels. See the 'white line disease?' thread under hoof care for more info.
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Thrush *usually* comes up in a horse that is in a wet or muddy pasture; however, it doesn't have to be muddy, could be just constant wet grass - but it can come up in a dry place, too, if you have a horse with health issues and/or a bad trim; it can show up in a horse that just has a poor trim and doesn't get a cleaning. Also, as I stated, it turns up in horses that have other health issues more often (like metabolic problems). It is fungal. It is mostly black like tar and stinks - really different than the horse poop smell - once you smell it, you will know something is off. A lot of times it starts deep in the collateral groove or the sulcus. When and if you see it, I suggest cleaning really well and squirting some ACV on the hoof (it can also show up as a soft, degenerating frog and may not be black and sticky - it depends on the strain of fungus - thrush is just a general term for a fungal infection, but there are A LOT of different fungal strains). ACV is a good treatment for thrush, doesn't damage live tissue, and can nip thrush in the bud before it becomes a real problem. Get your farrier to come out and give the horse a good, balanced trim, and if your horse is in mud or just wet pasture a lot, it is a good idea to clean daily and you can spray ACV on the hoof. It also helps NOT to have a sugary diet or be overweight.
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Great PFD news article from TheHorse.com on Thrush

This article really helped me explain thrush to my Mother In Law as her new horse has it.

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ok by seeing this it looks like my gelding might have thrush. There is no fungus it just smells bad. How can I stop it?

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Well, have a farrier come out and get a good, balanced trim, clean the hoof daily, reduce sugar intake, and you can spray ACV on the hoof daily after cleaning to create a PH that is not friendly to fungus. I use straight ACV, but some people like a 50% ACV/H2O mix. If the farrier thinks the thrush has progressed, you can buy something like Sav-A-Hoof or Thrush Buster at your feed store for more aggressive treatment. I can also buy anti fungal cream and triple antibiotic ointment, mix them, and then rub it all over the affected area, but I find that to be very messy.
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Well, have a farrier come out and get a good, balanced trim, clean the hoof daily, reduce sugar intake, and you can spray ACV on the hoof daily after cleaning to create a PH that is not friendly to fungus. I use straight ACV, but some people like a 50% ACV/H2O mix. If the farrier thinks the thrush has progressed, you can buy something like Sav-A-Hoof or Thrush Buster at your feed store for more aggressive treatment. I can also buy anti fungal cream and triple antibiotic ointment, mix them, and then rub it all over the affected area, but I find that to be very messy.

Thanks! That's very helpful. We are trying and trying to get the farrier out but he can't come till the end of October. Ugh. Good thing I have a backup

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