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Zimpatico 03-07-2011 09:33 AM

Hoof Supplement for Thrush??
I've been battling thrush in Zee's hind feet for months. Stall rest over the last six weeks is now making it worse, and I'm not expecting it to get any better as we head into Spring. I've tried everything. I have about 8 bottles of various shelf bought Thrush remedies, soaked in Apple Cidar Vinegar, picking out his feet multiple times a day, his stall is cleaned twice a day, and the vet cut a lot of frog away when he was at the clinic last month. I'm quickly running out of ideas...

I asked my farrier about putting him on a hoof supplement. He said it will definately help grow the foot & frog out faster, pushing a lot of the thrush out. Has anyone has any experience with a supplement when treating thrush? And brand suggestions? I'm leaning towards Farrier's Formula Double Strength.

Hanover 03-07-2011 10:14 AM

I know there are a lot of people on the forum who are more experienced than I am but since no one has jumped in yet perhaps I can give it a try.

I too have battled thrush and have done pretty much the same as you except.....I would not recommend stall rest. One key to success is movement......getting the blood circulating through the hoof.

I also followed a strict routine of picking the hooves, scrubbing with a stiff brush using water with a squirt of anti-bacterial dish soap (Dawn), rinsing, spraying with a mixture of TeaTreeOil and ACV, and also I did a treatment of an anti-biotic that is used for cows who have mastitis.

Another thing to consider is how his heels are. Are they contracted? Getting them down and back will help open up the frog so there isn't a deep narrow crevice there that encourages thrush growth.

I know nothing about supplements but have added ground flax seeds to his diet and the hoof horn has grown out tighter.......along with the added bonus of a nice shiney coat :-) .

I hope this helps a bit and gets others talking. Take care and all the best to your horsey!

Zimpatico 03-07-2011 10:17 AM

Sorry, I should have clarified. Zee is on stall rest for a torn suspensory... Definately not helping the problem!!

Hanover 03-07-2011 10:28 AM

Yes....I kind of assumed that he was on rest for some other reason.......hope I didn't sound too snooty ;-)

Peggysue 03-07-2011 10:36 AM

what's his total diet?? Many times high sugars and low metals will allow bacteria to breed and thrive. Namely Zinc and COpper have been shown to reduce thrush infections

Hanover 03-07-2011 10:39 AM

Oh my....I just looked at your pictures......he is beautiful and I envy your riding area. Everything looks just plain perfect........gotta get these problems solved and get your baby feeling better soon.

I am a first time horse owner.........a Standie who is the ripe old age of 16. He is teaching me soooooo much and I am loving it!

Sorry for getting off the subject here and I hope you get your answer to the supplement question. I just had to comment on Zee because the pictures say so much about you and your relationship with him.

Zimpatico 03-07-2011 10:59 AM

Peggysue, he's on Purina Senior, with supplements of Succeed, SmartProtect, and SmartRepair...

And yes, Zee is my big ol' baby!! My fiance and I don't have any children, so he is our entire world! We don't like to let ANYTHING bother him...

Peggysue 03-07-2011 11:29 AM

I personally would put him on a non grain based feed like Triple Crown Senior or buckeye'ssenior or progressivesenior or nutrena life design senior

KawaiiCharlie 03-07-2011 03:46 PM

my cousins horse has thrush in his hind hooves too, she uses a purple anti bacterial spray, then puts tar (spray bottle) on it to keep water/mud etc out of it. seems to work for her.

jess93 03-07-2011 03:52 PM

Try hydrogen parakocide tht how i got rid of my horses thrush u get it from chemists skwirt it in his foot and hold it up while it skizzles then put it dowbn do it 1 a day and also scrub his feet with hibi scrub 1 a day before hydro parokocide
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