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  • thrush in this wet weather

    I recently have been having a problem with trush and have tried several products, what do you think works best.
    " An open hand can only take a closed hand can give and take"

  • #2
    I use bleach


    • Original Poster

      I wasnt sure if it would do more damage , than good .

      what about thrushbuster
      " An open hand can only take a closed hand can give and take"


      • #4
        You might try posting this on the horse care forums instead.
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        • #5
          When I posted a question about stopping deep sulcus thrush from coming back on the horse care forum, I got lots of great answers and advice. One of the cures was to soak the hoofs in diluted Lysol. I'm trying spraying my horse's hoofs with the Lysol in a spray bottle after a really good cleaning/scrub-out. I figure it's diluted already. Has anyone else done this, and is it a bad idea, and maybe harmful to the frog?


          • #6

            I have of late been using oregano oil for thrush treatment. It seems to be quite effective at treating more than just the surface. The problem with a lot of the remedies I grew up with is that they definitely treat the thrush on the surface but they also kill the healthy tissue you are trying to promote.

            Not being a real natural remedy guy I was dubious about having my horses' feet smell like an Italian deli. But it worked and oregano's 'fragrance' is better than thrush.

            You can actually put a little on a piece of cotton and pack it into a crack. You apply a very small amount with an eyedropper.

            Check out herb sites on the web for a source. I use Starwest. I think they are expensive and you can find cheaper with a little research.


            • #7
              I swear by ThrushBuster! That deep purple can be annoying if it gets on anything besides the hoof but it works really well and doesn't require many follow up treatments.

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              • #8
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                • #9
                  I use "sugardine" a mix of betadine and sugar, soak a cotton ball in it. I also used a cow product like Isabeau mentioned.
                  Last edited by Bogey2; Oct. 12, 2011, 06:39 AM.
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                  • #10
                    I'll second the thrushbuster, has always worked for me.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TrinitySporthorses View Post
                      I swear by ThrushBuster! That deep purple can be annoying if it gets on anything besides the hoof but it works really well and doesn't require many follow up treatments.

                      it is just a pain when you spill it all over yourself lol


                      • #12
                        I use Thrush Buster and put it all over the sole. I also have used a product called "the sauce" which is a sugardine product from equilite. It is expensive but works wonders. Hope this helps.
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                        • #13
                          Koppertox is the absolute best. I used to live in wet and rainy Oregon and my mare was out in the pasture all day, and it got very muddy in the winter! Koppertox kept her feet perfect.

                          The trick is to use one of the hoof picks with the stiff brush on one side, and pick then use the brush vigorously to get out every last bit of debris. Then, hold the hoof up and drip the koppertox everywhere, including really well all around the frog. Then, use the brush on the hoofpick again to "scrub" the koppertox into every nook and cranny of the hoof. Hold it up for another little while to really let it soak in before putting down the hoof again.

                          If you do that every other day or so, you'll have no thrush. I start ahead of time. if I know rain is on the forecast, I'll koppertox the day before.


                          • #14
                            Dry Cow. Another great product is Silvetrasol.


                            Fabulous for routine upkeep and will knock out the nasty buggers too.


                            • #15
                              My mare is really prone to thrush, here are my tips for keeping it at bay:

                              1. The hoof needs to be cleared of any flaps, folds or creases where thrush loves to thrive. If the frog has become peel-y etc from thrush damage you (or your farrier) need to clean up the frog to minimize the places for thrush to thrive. Same goes with the sole, if it is grown out and “flaky” with fissures and crevices, it needs to be trimmed and cleaned up.

                              2. Thorough hoof picking. Not only do I have a hoof pick, but I also use an awl to get into small or deep crevices and removed debris. I use a good stiff WIRE BRUSH daily, all over the bottom of the hoof. This lets you get the sole and frog very clean, and ready for treatment (also helps remove dead material).

                              3. Treatment. You want to kill the thrush, without killing new healthy material. I like Thrush Remedy by Absorbine. It kills the thrush, and encourages exfoliation of the sole. This helps further remove the infected material, and get healthy sole / frog going. If I am not using Thrush Remedy, I like strong iodine on the sole and frog. I will some times put it in a spray bottle, and spray the bottom of the foot as a preventative.

                              4. Feed. Make sure your horse is getting all it needs. I had kept my horse on a hoof supplement (Smart Hoof or Grand Hoof), and took her off for a bit, as I didn’t think it “did any thing”, that was a mistake! She started getting thrush again when off of the supplement.. back on she goes.

                              Good luck!
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                              • #16
                                White Lightining www.grandcircuitinc.com


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Coreene View Post
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                                  • #18
                                    I had an issue with thrush this summer, tried multiple things to clear it up but what worked best was supplementing with copper. The mare had badly neglected feet and crappy looking frogs when I got her this summer and after taking down the flares and adding a copper supplement from Uckele they look almost normal. So worth checking to see if your horse is getting adequate amounts.
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                                    • #19
                                      Thrush Magic!

                                      I found this at my local feed store, tried thrush buster, bleach and water spray, powders, etc. This stuff really works!



                                      • #20
                                        I get good results with tea tree oil. It is available at health food stores, and walmart (about $8.00 bottle there).

                                        No Velvet, I am not advertising for walmart.

                                        On occasion, I have packed the thrushy area with a cotton ball or a bit of gauze pre-treated with with tea tree. This has worked very well for me. I have heard good things about the thrush buster product too.

                                        Good luck! My experience with thrush is that one controls it, but rarely cures it. It is always there waiting for the right conditions to flourish.