The Cause of Thrush In Horses and Three Solutions

The Cause of Thrush In Horses and Three Solutions

Thrush is among the most common issues affecting the hoof. It is caused by a bacteria that typically thrives in damp and unsanitary conditions. Horses with deep clefts or narrow heels may be at more risk. 

The symptoms for thrush are:

  • A foul odor from the hoof; and
  • Discoloration of the affected area.

Treating  a horse quickly may avoid lameness by stopping the infection from getting into the more sensitive areas of the hoof. What are some solutions for this challenge?

First, the hoof should be picked clean twice a day. Be careful to focus on the collateral grooves and central sulcus. If you believe there may be a problem, please visit your vet prior to doing anything else.

Second, there are a variety of treatments we offer. These include:

  • Thrush Buster (Thrush Buster creates a protective barrier between the tissue and thrush. It counteracts fungus and bacteria in the sole and frog. Thrush Buster is milder than bleach, copper sulfate, or turpentine, but still gets the job done.)
  • SBS Thrush Stop Blue (It utilizes the SBS formula to bond to the protein of the hoof so that the elements and common barnyard substances won’t remove it.)
  • No Thrush (No Thrush® prides itself on being  the first dry approach to equine thrush treatment. It is a less caustic treatment that won’t stain your hands.)

Third, maintaining a clean environment is key. Focus on frequently cleaning the areas where the horse is most frequently and keeping them dry and sanitary.

Do you still have questions about thrush? Ask our team HERE.

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