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December 27, 2008

Thrush Treatment

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Hi Cherry,

I am trying my best to take good care of my two New Forest ponies. They both have good feet and are barefoot. They live in a pasture with a run-in shelter, which is dry but it is not as dry as a stable. The footing is nice now but we recently had a few weeks of appalling muddiness. I clean their feet every day and I noticed in the last few days that their feet are getting smelly, and I am a bit panicky.

I think this is a thrush infection but there is no black goo at all, only a faint dark shadow where the sole meets the frog, at the bottom of the sulcus. The stink is not very strong, but if I get close I can sure tell it.

My farrier was here a few days ago and he didn't remark on anything unusual, but the smell haunts me!!! Since noticing it I began scrubbing their feet with water and soap, and spraying a common disinfectant on them, even squirting some in the cleft of the frog with a blunt syringe. The horses do not react to this at all or to the cleaning of their feet. Tomorrow I'm picking up many bottles of hydrogen peroxide.

Is this what I fear or am I over apprehensive?

Sandy

 

Hi Sandy,

I'm turning your question over to my husband and farrier, Richard Klimesh.

Cherry Hill horse trainer and author of 30 books and DVDs

 

Hi Sandy

Your Horse Barn DVDRelax. Your ponies likely have "normal" thrush, which is nothing to panic over. The microorganisms that cause thrush are present nearly everywhere in the soil. They proliferate in dark, moist conditions like the mud-packed hooves your horses had lately. Since you don't see black smelly gook on your hoof pick when you clean their feet, there's really no reason to apply any treatment. Just cleaning the feet as you have been doing and keeping the feet at dry as possible should prevent thrush from causing problems.

Horse Health Care by Cherry HillBeware of using hydrogen peroxide, bleach, or other harsh chemicals on your ponies feet because they can damage healthy frog tissue and set the stage for more serious infections. The best thrush treatment I've found is sugardine, which is a simple mixture of Betadine and table sugar.

For advanced cases of thrush I've developed the CVP Gasket Pad.

You can read more about these treatments here:

Sugardine

CVP Gasket Pad

Good Luck !Cherry Hill horse trainer and author of 30 books and DVDs

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