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post #11 of 45 Old 01-13-2014, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure of your current location, but Holmes Labs in Ohio does hay and forage analysis and many of the universities with an AG or Ag Research department can do them.
If you contact the local Agricultural Extension office for your county (they still list them in the phone book) they sometimes do them or they can tell you of the labs they use.
I will look into that for sure.

I did some research on Smarthoof vs. Horseshoer's secret and I think I'm going to try it out. I have stockades of the smarthoof left so if it doesn't work out then I have that to go back to..

I also am going to try putting him on Smartshine Omega because he's had pretty nasty dandruff, it says it's great for feet too since it has Omega 3's.. and I bet my bottom dollar something is missing nutritionally in his hay.

I'll make strides to get it tested, though. The barn I'm at grows their own, which makes it a LOT easier to get it tested since it comes from the same location/batch.

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It's going to work best if you towel them off and walk him around in an aisle way or clean, dr area after you wash the feet, so that they can dry. Then apply vinegar.

Is there any way that he can be up out of the wet for a few days just so his feet can stay dry and have a better chance of healing (assuming it is rainy/wet in your neck of the woods..)
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Should he have a blood panel done to show his own levels? I'm just not sure what to do anymore since he's starting to get older and that's out of my scope of experience.. (He'll be 13, but he's already showing signs of stifle/hock stiffness)

I found a place to send forage samples in, as well. Going to do that sooner than later

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I've been using Pete's goo with great success... equal parts of triple antibiotic, athletes's foot cream and Monistat cream. I get the generic stuff from Wal-Mart. Mix well and put into a syringe, apply daily to clean hoof. It doesn't get too liquid.
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Equi-Analytical Laboratories - Profiling Feed for Better Nutrition does hay analysis. Your local extension agent might be able to tell you what's missing in the soil and what's too much, to get a general idea.
I will have the numbers for you of what's needed after lunch feeding
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I've been using Pete's goo with great success... equal parts of triple antibiotic, athletes's foot cream and Monistat cream. I get the generic stuff from Wal-Mart. Mix well and put into a syringe, apply daily to clean hoof. It doesn't get too liquid.
How long does it typically take for Thrush to go away using this method? He's had it for months now (I've only been here for 1 of those several) and I'm already sick of lugging around the syringe, the hoof brush, the hoof pick, the cotton pads BECAUSE the syringe is pressurized and even if you stop pressing the plunger down it squirts out making a huge mess *sigh*

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I will look into that for sure.

I did some research on Smarthoof vs. Horseshoer's secret and I think I'm going to try it out. I have stockades of the smarthoof left so if it doesn't work out then I have that to go back to..

I also am going to try putting him on Smartshine Omega because he's had pretty nasty dandruff, it says it's great for feet too since it has Omega 3's.. and I bet my bottom dollar something is missing nutritionally in his hay.

I'll make strides to get it tested, though. The barn I'm at grows their own, which makes it a LOT easier to get it tested since it comes from the same location/batch.
Oh, how easy it is
Get straight flax.... same omega, and all other goodies, for much less$$
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Oh, how easy it is
Get straight flax.... same omega, and all other goodies, for much less$$
Flax seeds, whole, or oil?

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As for getting the thrush sorted, go buy some dawn antibacterial soap and clean his feet out nice and happy-like. Then apply ToMorrow cow mastitis cream. It comes in a paste/syringe form like deformed, you just get it up in all the cracks of the frog...
This.
I washed and scrubbed his hooves with the Dawn (actual Dawn brand in plain/regular is best) rinsed and let dry. Let dry, then I used the Tomorrow cream and packed with cotton balls like crazy. Dig had deep thrush so right after the first treatment, I actually diapered and duct taped the front hooves for 24-ish hours.
(Someone at your barn should know how to diaper a hoof if you are not familiar)
Then I cleaned and did it again, then repeated every other or third day (no diapers) for about ten days. At that point there was improvement so I switched to this-
Horse Thrush Treatment - Thrush Off Kills Thrush on Contact, Heals Damage Tissue, Natural and Non-Toxic
Much easier and didn't have to apply as often. I did it exactly as the instructions said (there is a brochure link under the bottle.)
That stuff is awesome!! (but messy)
Once it was well under control and this product would no longer sting or harm tender tissue-
Thrush Buster®
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This was used once every two weeks or so and now for
It's going to work best if you towel them off and walk him around in an aisle way or clean, dr area after you wash the feet, so that they can dry. Then apply vinegar.
I found sheets of cardboard helpful because I don't have a cement isle in my barn or a really clean place for him to stand while his feet dry.

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How long does it typically take for Thrush to go away using this method? He's had it for months now (I've only been here for 1 of those several) and I'm already sick of lugging around the syringe, the hoof brush, the hoof pick, the cotton pads BECAUSE the syringe is pressurized and even if you stop pressing the plunger down it squirts out making a huge mess *sigh*
The first few weeks were the most intensive, and after that just once a week til gone.

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Oh, how easy it is
Get straight flax.... same omega, and all other goodies, for much less$$
Yes!!! This!
I feed whole flax seed. About 1 tablespoon per day. It does wonders!
I don't grind it...why make things harder than they have to be?
Where I live, I can get a 40 lb bag of whole seeds from a feed store for about $35 and I give it to all my animals (various small ruminants) and one bag generally last a whole year. Oil is way too expensive and grinding is a hassle.
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whole seeds. I give them whole, dump them in just before feeding, others grind them fresh with a coffee grinder. My feed store sells 50lbs for around 30$.
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