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Mazza007 02-27-2013 03:20 AM

Methylated spirits for thrush? Lots of mud!
I am working away from home for a few weeks and had the farrier come while Im away. He rang to say the TB has thrush in one hoof and recommends putting metho on it. Is this a good idea?

Some background...I live in the tropics in Australia, its half way through wet season. Everything Ive just read on thrush says to keep hooves dry but thats not really possible for me. He's in his paddock 24/7 and its wet and will be for about another month or so. He's got lots of trees to go under when it rains but nowhere really to dry out his feet and he doesnt like being locked up anyway. I am planning to build him a shelter with concrete floor very soon but even then he's still got to get turnout and its all mud!

How serious/difficult to cure is thrush? Any suggestions appreciated as Ive never dealt with thrush before.

MyBoyPuck 02-28-2013 10:57 PM

Thrush can be very difficult to treat once it has had time to establish itself. It's better to take a preventive approach if your horse's feet are currently thrush free.

I don't know if you guys have Dawn dish detergent over there, but if you just scrub your horse's frogs every other day with a little mild dish detergent and water with a hoof brush, it will go a long way toward keeping the thrush bugs from setting up shop in your horse's hoof. You don't even need to rinse if you don't want to. I use this method in spring when we have that lovely deep sucking mud and it really seems to work.

Also trimming away any flaps of loose frog where they can settle in helps.

If you already have a thrush problem, there a number of ways to address it.
Cidar Vinegar
Thrush Buster
No thrush (dry powder)
Dry cow (penacilin that you squirt into the cracks where the thrush is living
Oxine (love this one but I don't know if you can get it there, this stuff you soak in a 20/80 Oxine to white vinegar solution for 20 minutes. It works it's way into every little crevace and kills all the bad stuff in one treatment. It's not cheap, but it sure works great.

Hope that helps.

Missy May 03-02-2013 12:02 AM

Well, alcohol would in fact disinfect the surface, as would a lot of other things. For a really damp enviro you will have to treat it like brushing your teeth. Scrub and rinse it thoroughly daily to manage the population if microbes - and hopefully win the battle. I live in a dry environment, but I use diluted Lysol (the red concentrate kind) to scrub. The tried and true 50/50 mix of triple and desenex ointments has "sticking power" and you can "squish" it in crevices (after you scrub). You can spray it w betadien between the scrub and oinment, but it is best to let it dry first..and since you said it was wet there, that might not be practicable. Neem oil is also pretty effective, but it has to be cut and it really stinks. Whatever it is you will have to scrubby, scrubby, scrubby first. :-)

Tabascokat 03-06-2013 01:53 AM

Hi, I have drafts in the southeastern United States. There's a new product out called "Thrush B Gone" that does wonders. It is odorless and does not stain. Upon application, the thrushy foot smell disappears almost immediately. I have a friend in New Zealand who used to struggle with the battle of thrush -- not any more. She distributes from a horse rescue who gets benefit from the sales of the product - Auckland Horse Havan. Come to find out, it's made here in the States. When you've got size 10-11 feet to deal with, one-application fix (unless it is really, really bad), was extremely appealing. I'm completely sold on it as we are very warm and moist here in my region. Hope this helps. :-)

princessfluffybritches 03-06-2013 10:41 AM

I use Durasole as a treatment/preventative on thrush and white line. My friend uses that Today/Tomorrow used for mastitis in cows. A few years ago, a farrier told me that most treatments out there are good, but you should rotate them so you don't get resistance and kill the several bugs that can be in there.

spirit88 03-07-2013 10:51 AM

I thought durasole was for making hoofs tougher so their not sore on rough ground.
Didn't think it was for treating thrush. Don't know iv never used it before.

Joe4d 03-07-2013 11:46 AM

the microbes have to colonize to cause much harm, so even though your horses go right back to a wet muddy environment cleaning and treating with a comercial thrush killer still works. As after treatment it takes awhile for new colonies to form and start eating again. key is regularity. More the merrier. Scrub brush with warm water and concentrated lysol, pine oil, or good ole soap. (NOT BLEACH), do all four feet then squirt in your thrush buster, let things dry off a bit, then turn em loose. Do that at least every other day, it will clear up in a couple weeks. Then do it once a week as a preventive.

its lbs not miles 03-15-2013 07:03 PM

Vinegar works (at least it has for the last 40+ years). The acid will kill the thrush. White vinegar will do the job, but apple cider vinegar will also make the feet taste better :lol:
I use a mixture of 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water. I clean the area out daily and rinse with the vinegar daily for at least a week after all signs of thrush are gone (it's over kill, but I'm like that with thursh).
If I have to be away, or the area is deep then I'll swab it out and clean it as best I can. Rinse with vinegar, put some tea tree oil in it and then pack it with tea tree oil soaked cotton or gauze. The packing is usually good for at least a week or more, but I like to change it after 4 or 5 days if I can. I'll usually keep this up for a week after the thrush is gone, but that's just because I'm a bit obsessive about thrush. I've had too many horses come with thrush and I really do hate it.

Saddlebag 03-15-2013 07:20 PM

We have to keep in mind that just because out skin can tolerate something full strength doesn't mean a horse can. Pete Ramey, a well known farrier uses regular PineSol at the regular cleaning dilution as a soak, 20 min 2x daily for 7 days, along with his triple antibiotic cream mixed with an anti-fungal (athlete's foot) and put into a catheter syringe. The long snout on this type of syringe enables getting the cream deep into the crevices. This is applied after each soak and the area is dried as well as one can.

piggymum 03-17-2013 04:02 PM

hoove care
hi there it is also wet here in north Yorkshire and my two are in field and they are in mud every day when it is wet they also have trees to shelter in,how do i keep hooves clean as they will just get muddy again what do i do please help?

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