Thrush in horses

What are the symptoms of thrush

  • Thrush, or Spherophorus neaophorus as it is technically known, starts with degeneration of the frog. Normally, the central sulcus is fairly shallow. In a horse that has limited exercise and/or other hoof health issues, this central sulcus can deepen. If the crevice deepens, debris can become lodged there and infection can take hold.
  • Untreated putrefaction can lead to inflammation.
  • The lower part of the leg may swell as a result of an infection.

Thrush most often occurs if the horse is stabled in a vet box with urine residue. Horses living outside with “Clean” mud rarely get thrush.

If there is no infestation, many Blacksmith  recommend that hooves are not cleaned in the gap, as the mud and dirt deposited there prevent new impurities from penetrating.

Instructions for use with Farriers Frog Conditioner:

  1. Wear rubber gloves and spray a small amount on both sides of the crevice and down the bottom. Hold the hoof up for a few seconds to ensure that the liquid penetrates the area.
  2. Use only a little at a time.
  3. In case of acid spray infestation, Frog Conditioner should be applied daily. Make sure to rinse and dry the hoof before treatment.
  4. If necessary, “flush” the crevice using a syringe and wipe with cotton pads on a hoof cleaner.
  5. Preventive application of Frog Conditioner should be made twice weekly during humid periods.

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