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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar. 10, 2011

    Default deep sulcus thrush

    Ok, I've got my first case of deep sulcus thrush on my hands. Looking for advice in getting rid of it!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr. 17, 2002
    between the barn and the pond


    Get the mastitis treatment called "Tomorrow" from TSC or other farm center stores. Squirt it in there twice a day til it's cleared up.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2007
    NW Louisiana


    The best thing I've used is borax. Wash the foot with water and a hard brush. Pack it full with dry borax, then vet wrap and duct tape. Leave it on for about 24 hrs or until it falls off. I've left it longer. That will force the borax into the cleft, keep it there, and keep dirt out till it has a chance to work. Its very gentle on the tissues. It doesn't burn even when you get it into an open wound but it will kill bacteria and fungus.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 28, 2006
    The rocky part of KY


    Lots of good remedies out there, white lightening, thrushbuster, cleantrax.
    I use Today, similar to Tomorrow, squirt it in to all the crevices, pack cotton on top, get a size 4 diaper and diaper up the horses foot then cover the diaper with duct tape, so much you make a duct tape boot almost. You may have to repeat this for a week or so, sometimes less sometimes more.
    The nastiest case the old guy had I blasted his foot with water and scrubbed gently with dilute Betadine, then rinsed and went ahead. His heels pretty much sloughed off but they look good now.
    I get Gorilla tape and Today at the TSC and the cotton balls and diapers at the Kroger grocery store. It's worked for me and I can just walk in and buy the stuff. Easy peasy. Except watch out for the Gorilla tape, it has a will of its own and is very sticky.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr. 9, 2007
    Zone IV/Area III


    Tomorrow is your best bet. I always keep a few tubes on hand.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2010


    I would do a cleantrax soak followed by daily maintenance with Tomorrow. Once the thrush is completely gone, consider using something like Goldbond to scrub into the sulcus with a tooth brush.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul. 22, 2007


    White Lightning! I used it for the first time, soaked the test hoof twice, and the central sulcus thrush was GONE! I will definitely be using it any time there is anything funky going on, and will be soaking the other 3 hooves today.

    Also, I like to put soap (I have Ajax, that's just what was in the pantry) and water in a squirt bottle, and spray, scrub with brush, spray again. Soak cotton balls in liquid thrush treatment of choice (currently using Life Data Labs Hoof Disinfectant) and pack crack with cotton balls. Do this as much as you can, so every day/every few days.

    Use White Lightning at least 2x a week in the beginning, then taper down as thrush goes away.

    Pick hooves at least twice a day, and check to make sure there is no imbalanced vitamin/minerals in the diet. Too little Copper, Zinc, Amino Acids, too much Iron, ect.
    "On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul. 4, 2008
    The Great Northwest!


    I agree with the White Lightening! There are several other threads on it if you search.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec. 13, 1999
    Greensboro, NC


    Figure out why you have it, fix that, or it will come back
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET

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