Treating Thrush in Horse HoovesPrevent Equine Thrush –. Keep Horse Hooves Clean –. Diane UrsuEquine thrush is a bacterial infection of the. Hoof caused by muddy and unsanitary conditions. Treating thrush is easy with hoof cleaning and topical ointments.

Equine thrush is an. Infection in. the. Horse hoof that. Is accompanied by a foul smell. this. Odour is most. Prevalent while. Picking the. Horse’s feet to clean debris from. the. Hoof. when. looking. At the. Bottom of a hoof, the. Frog is the. Middle, triangular-part. in. the. Presence of thrush, a black discharge may be. seen. on. the. Frog. Equine thrush can. be. quite. Painful leading to lameness.

Fusobacterium necrophorum is the. most. Common of several species of bacteria that. cause. Thrush. F. necrophorum are anaerobic bacteria that. Die when. Exposed to air. they. Are most. Abundant in. Wet soil and are prevalent in. Muddy areas combined with feces and urine. Horses that. Stand in. These muddy areas pack mud in. Their hooves. this. Creates an. Airtight compartment in. Which the. Bacteria can. Thrive.

Thrush Hoof Care

Proper hoof care is important for preventing thrush. the. Hooves should be. Picked daily to remove any. Mud build-up. Hoof picking also. Exposes the. Bottom of the. Hoof to air, which kills thrush-causing bacteria.

The Farrier’s Hoof Knife - Trimming Horse Hooves

When the. farrier trims the. Horse’s hooves, he or. She also. Trims the. Clefts of the. Frog which, according to Horse Owner’s Veterinary Handbook (1989) authors James M. Giffin M.D. and Tom Gore, D.V.M., makes. the. Clefts of the. Frog self-cleaning. Horse owners can. Purchase a hoof knife and learn to trim the. Frog clefts themselves.

Equine Stall and Corral

Areas around the. Barn where. Horses stand the. most. Are more likely to become. Muddy, especially. in. Places that. Experience a winter freeze and spring thaw. During the. Spring thaw, the. Ground becomes more susceptible to damage. the. Ground holds water and the. Horses’. Feet create. Deep divots. Water channels into the. Divots preventing the. Ground from. Drying. the. Area can. be. Dried out by keeping horses off of the. Sensitive ground during the. Spring thaw, or. By contacting a contractor for information on. Armouring the. Ground to make. It hard and to promote proper drainage.

The equine stall should be. Cleaned on. A daily basis. Feces and wet bedding should be. Removed and replaced with clean, dry bedding. Stall design should be. Corrected to funnel fluids out of the. Stall.

Treating Thrush with Topical Ointments

Iodine or. Commercial thrush ointments may be. used. To treat thrush. in. Her 2008 article, "How to Treat Thrush in. Horses,". Cherry Hill recommends applying sugardine to the. Infected hoof. Sugardine is a homemade, thin paste made of white table sugar and povidone-iodine. the. Ointment can. be. Applied with a brush. These ointments should be. Applied daily or. As otherwise directed by the. Ointment manufacturer’s instructions or. A veterinarian.

Equine thrush is the. Result of wet and muddy conditions that. cause. Mud and feces to become. Impacted in. the. Hoof. this. Creates an. Anaerobic environment in. Which bacteria can. Thrive. Regular hoof cleaning and keeping a horse in. Dry conditions are preventative measures as well as treatment for equine thrush.

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