View Full Version : Thrush war

25-04-13, 09:13 PM
My 2 have a bit of thrush. Were out during day and in at night on wood pellet beds (which I'm a bit OCD about so always very clean and dry), now out 24/7 on a track system. Fed a blob of sugar beet with meta balance, extra magox and salt once a day.

I've been making sure they are picked out and smothering in a sudocream/canesten/tea tree mixture once a day. Hasn't made any difference really.

What else can I try. Don't want to spend a fortune. Farrier friend has recommended purple spray from the vets?

25-04-13, 09:18 PM
you can get the purple spray for cattle from tack shops its much cheaper (around 10) . it works really well after a hard scrubbing with hibiscrub and a dandy brush to get in all the cracks ,rinse dry and spray:)

25-04-13, 09:41 PM
Is that the same stuff as what I'd get from vets? Farrier said what you can buy is not nearly as strong

25-04-13, 09:51 PM
I use "petes goo" which is clotrimazole 1% (sp) mixed with the triple antibiotic ointment from pete ramseys recipe.

I syringe it into the central sulcas as that was the worst area on mine and it's been fantastic.

I've also used red horses field paste which was good for more widely spread thrush.

which part of their hoof is affected? the whole frog area?

are you on phoenix forum? think there was a recent thread on there about thrush.

25-04-13, 10:03 PM
prob get slated for this but got rid of ours with domestos,applied it for about 4 days and worked it in with an old toothbrush,has never returned.

25-04-13, 10:06 PM
They don't look massively thrushy, but are a bit soft and sensitive over the whole frog. no deep sulcus

25-04-13, 11:24 PM
Neat domestos...?

26-04-13, 06:51 AM
Does salt water aka riding at the beach and paddling help thrush?

26-04-13, 09:22 AM
i alternate between scholl athletes foot powder with Tolnaftate 1% (anti-fungal) that i dust on and brush/poke into any crevices.

and stockholm tar spray...

this combination is the only thing that has worked for a very very hard to shift case of thrush....and it doesnt break the bank.

26-04-13, 11:22 AM
I used hoof cleanse which was 14 for a bottle cleaned with 2x a day and it worked within a fortnight :)

26-04-13, 11:30 AM
Another vote for Stockholm Tar spray. I'm a convert after a recent chance conversation. Cheap, old fashioned but has worked when some of the newer designer products haven't.

The sheep foot rot spray (purple) has been good in the past, which is quite cheap too.

26-04-13, 11:39 AM
Scrubbing with diluted bleach, salt water, grapefruit seed extract or hibiscrub help, also drying well before applying cream.

Stronger treatments include iodine spray, purple spray or stockholm tar; some would say it's counter productive as they can be damaging, so causing more material for the thrush bugs to feed on, but I've usually found them effective.

26-04-13, 02:48 PM
Have used the Kevin Bacon Thrush stuff. Seemed to work really well on our boy but was quite expensive and the pot didn't last long! Thankfully (touch wood!) it's the only time we've had a problem with thrush

26-04-13, 06:34 PM
Just had same problem, farrier recommended scrubbing out with hibiscrub then using any spray containing Gentian Violet, so I bought a bottle of the Lincoln purple spray and it seems to have done the trick in a couple of days. Wasn't expensive, about 5 I think? Prior to that I was using Leucillin but it wasn't touching it.

26-04-13, 10:58 PM
Hoof cleanse and field paste from red horse. Nothing works better!

27-04-13, 11:57 AM
Best thing I found was Alamycin spray - but unless it is severe I now use the Septi-Clense (farmer foot rot spray) - Triclosan and Centrimide I think?


27-04-13, 12:02 PM
Life Data Hoof disinfectant. I was pretty sceptical about it and had been using certain popular preps with zinc sulphate in. I was then told they were detrimental in the long run.It cleared my larger horses thrush up very quickly and his was not great in feb/march, am now using it prophylatically on the ponies.

Polos Mum
27-04-13, 12:48 PM
I use the off the shelf cattle/ sheep foot rot spray, it's stronger than anything horsey (and vastly cheaper) soaks right in and drys quickly.

You can get something even stronger from the vet but as a first port of call I'd try the sheep stuff.