What steps should I take to help my horse?
HOW DOES THRUSH OCCUR?
Thrush in horse hooves is a very common infection. The infection can be brought on by excess moisture, paddock bacteria or fungi, manure trapped in hooves or diets high in sugar and starch.
Even horses that live in drier conditions can be susceptible to thrush if their hooves are allowed to collect dirt and debris. Thrush is fairly easy to recognise based on the dark, black discharge and foul odour. (Smelly Cracks)
Minor thrush is easy to treat with some basic care and topical applications, but more advanced cases may require farrier or veterinarian intervention.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU OR YOUR FARRIER IGNORE OR DO NOT PICK UP ON THRUSH INFECTIONS?
Your farrier or trimmer SHOULD be well versed in what it will mean for your horse if they leave Thrush unchecked. They should be able to quickly identify Thrush and remove as much of the infected tissue as possible and not leaving any "flaps" for thrush to continue to thrive under.
Its such a common problem and one that you should keep a solution for on hand at all times to knock it off as soon as the hoof shows signs of it taking hold. Better still - daily prevention maintenance should be part of your routine.
Thrush left unchecked especially in the central sulcus is highly detrimental to the horse. Thrush can invade the central sulcus through into soft tissue as show here in a dissected hoof.
HOW TO MANAGE THRUSH?
Keep your horses on schedule with your farrier and trimmer (4-6weeks max) and ensure your farrier is keeping an eye out for any signs of the start of Thrush - in all nooks and crannies of the hoof.
If the infection takes hold and the farrier needs to cut back some areas of the frog, let them!. As this is an opportunistic bacteria which thrives in an anaerobic environment. Working with your farrier to ensure there are not hidden pocket of thrush within the frog which will then allow you to be attending daily with easy access and a topical management plan.
This is where our Thrush Care Package steps in. 3 easily applied topical products - Hoof Spray, Hoof Powder and Hoof Pack (Clay).
WHAT CAN I DO WHILST WAITING FOR MY APPOINTMENT WITH MY FARRIER?
As a liquid management product, HOOF MATE can penetrate into areas of the hoof which you will not be able to access adequately.
This is a very economical product - a box of 30 tablets making 15 litres of White Lightning soak. A must have for a regular deep hoof blast.