Well, I think Gracie has some light thrush on her hooves.
They are a little softer than usual, and there's some sticky white gunk up at the very top. There is also a little bit of white by the frog.
So, what sorts of things can I do, besides cleaning her hooves out every day? Is there a solution I can apply (someone suggested very diluted bleach) to the frog and the outer hoof? Or should I go ahead and buy a commercial product?
Can you post some pictures? The environment plays a large part in the hardness/softness of the hoof. If it is thrush, keep her area as clean of manure and urine as possible. Make sure she is up to date with the farrier, as mechanical issues can contribute to thrush. Make sure she has a dry place to stand.
A lot of people on this forum swear by Tomorrow Dry Cow for treating thrush. There are many remedies that work much better than bleach, but you should do a little research, as some of them can be hard on healthy tissue, too.
I don't have pictures right now, but I can try to get some. Her stall is cleaned once a day, and she is on turnout several hours a day. She is pretty messy in her stall, but it does get that once-a-day cleaning, and I usually pick it out when I'm there.
Thank you for your suggestion: I will look into that.
Tonight I cleaned her stall, cleaned her feet, washed them out with Dawn dish soap and water, and made sure they were totally dry before putting her back in her stall. Hopefully doing this every night will solve the problem; otherwise I will buy some commercial product.
The farrier comes every six weeks, and I think he is due this week. I will ask him and my trainer about her feet and see what else I can do.
Sounds good. Your farrier should be a great resource.
Buy a squirt bottle and a big bottle of the amber colored Listerine. Once you have cleaned the hooves with dawn then soak them real good with the Listerine and give time to dry before turning out.
I set the squirt bottle on the ground at each hoof. As I finish rinsing off the dawn I reach over for the squirt bottle and saturate the hoof before setting it back down to head for the next hoof. Some people will take 1 gallon ziploc bags and cover the outside of them with duct tape for protection. Fill the bag a quarter of the way then stick the hoof in it, let their foot down then tape the bag around the leg enough to keep it on. Let all four legs stand in them at the same time for about 15 minutes then remove and send on their way.
Just a couple more ideas I've had passed on to me that might help you.
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