7 thoughts on “Equine Thrush

  1. “Today” or “Tomorrow” mastitis antibiotic treatment for cows is a very good treatment for thrush. Few people know about it. You can pack it if you need to. It may take 1 to a few applications but it kills the bacteria.

  2. The fetlock condition might be related to rain rot. However, my research has shown that it is not the same fungus or bacteria that is infecting the area. My experience is that the feet need to be washed and soaked with anti-microbial and anti-bacterial shampoo until the scabs become very soft, then the scabs have to be “pulled or scraped” off. This can be painful, so be careful. But the bacteria are anaerobic and don’t like to be exposed to oxygen, so getting the scabs off and exposing the area, then drying it thoroughly usually helps. Keep all housing conditions very clean and dry. Secondary infections of staphylococcus and streptococcus are worse than the original condition, so it is important to treat it promptly. If your horse’s condition is chronic, systemic treatment might be in order. Look at the the Lufenuron web site for immune enhancing products.
    HorseCrazy in Miami
    PS: Maybe Rain Rot would be a good new category to add to this blog.

  3. It may be a bacterial/fungal infection related to Thrush in that it has fungal components. It may also be related to an immune imbalance that is not efficient at controlling it. I am not an expert in this problem by any means but might suggest the Lufenuron (mentioned in the article) systemically if topical treatments are ineffective. The same might be said for “rain rot”, another bacterial/fungal infection. If anyone else has something to tell us about any of these conditions, please chime in.

  4. Is Thrush related to the crusty exema? condition that my horse has on the bottom side of her fetlocks? I can’t seem to get rid of it, even with the most immaculate of dry conditions.

  5. I have been reading this blog for some time and have gotten tons of information about horses that has helped me through my first horse. I haven’t ever commented before.
    But my young gelding had been sore for some time and we hadn’t been able to pinpoint what the problem was. Finally it was decided that I should have x-rays and see if he was navicular. You can’t imagine how devastated I was.
    Before I did that (and after reading this blog), I had a natural trimmer come to the stable. He pulled his shoes and began probing his very narrow heels. The horse was crazy. The pain was obvious. It turned out it was not a big navicular problem at all, and 3 months later he is unshod, pain free and healthy. I am paying for a slightly larger paddock and have him on a hay-only diet for now. Thank you for the insight. Sharon in Wisconsin

    1. It is true that symptoms of sore feet are sometimes misdiagnosed as “navicular syndrome” or other lameness diagnoses because no owner wants to believe the horse has Thrush. They believe that only unsanitary conditions bring on the fungus.

      On the contrary, fungus can get insisted in the grooves of the frog so deep that it stays unseen. It can remain hidden for months or even years – even in a dry frog.

      Be sure to check and probe the grooves very well and deep (as Sharon did) if the horse has a persistent sore foot before moving to other more serious diagnosis – especialy in a shod horse or one with narrow heels.

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