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...
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®
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.
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
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.
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman View Post
Oh, how easy it is
Get straight flax.... same omega, and all other goodies, for much less$$
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.