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post #1 of 3 Old 06-14-2018, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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My friend has a couple miniature horses that she uses mostly as pasture pets besides county fair. She discovered that one of her miniature horses has severe thrush.

How would you treat this in a simple and fast way?
Since she has multiple horses, if one horse has thrush do all of the other horses have it, also just curious is it contagious?

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-14-2018, 02:57 PM
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Thrush isn't contagious, but if the conditions caused it in one it might cause it in others. Some horses are more susceptible than others, though. Continuous wet and/or dirty conditions can cause it. Cracks in the frog can provide a home for it, even in conditions where a horse wouldn't normally develop it. And sometimes it just happens.

There are lots of commercial products to treat it. Lot of home remedies too. The good news is that there are lots of different ways to treat it -- that work. Iodine mixed with clove oil, iodine mixed with sugar and packed into all the cracks... hydrogen peroxide... Others here will, I'm sure, have more experience. But iodine + clove oil worked recently for a few horses at my barn.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-14-2018, 08:13 PM
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There are a million and one remedies out there. Add in plenty of pros, cons, and opinions and your head will explode! In my experience, everything I tried just seemed to tick it off. The ONLY thing that has ever worked quickly every time is Koppertox. We have big drafty type horses who, because of their weight and huge feet, are prone to thrush. I treat the foot once a day for three days. I also paint it on all soles and frogs once a week. My farrier loves Koppertox too!
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