Studies show that many of our horses suffer from some degree of bacterial or fungal hoof infection related to thrush. A combination of factors make our horses susceptible to thrush and white line disease, ie lack of movement, standing in manure or urine, soft, damp or wet footing, improper trimming and/or a diet high in sugars and carbs can all contribute to the problem.
Thrush is an infection of the frog of the horse’s hoof. Although the name Thrush implies a fungal infection, it often involves bacteria. If you see a deep crease between the heel bulbs, smell an odor of your horse’s hoof or see visible signs of thrush, start treating immediately.
These infections can also attack the white line and hoof walls. Commonly called white line disease, this is a very serious condition and should be treated immediately.
One of the simplest ways to eradicate thrush and keep the frog healthy is by scrubbing with a brush and some liquid dish soap. First, get your hoof pick and clean your horses hoof. Be careful because he may be very uncomfortable! Then rinse to get the loose debris you missed with the hoofpick and start scrubbing and rinsing until his foot is thoroughly clean.
For white line disease or advanced cases of thrush, you will want to soak your horses hoof. One of the easiest ways to do this is with the EasyCare Soaker Boot. For thrush, this boot will protect the foot while infections drain, you can pad and pack the foot with medication and it also keeps the foot clean and free from dirt and bacteria.
At EasyCare, we believe in natural hoof care. To keep your horse comfortable during any issues, use protective hoof boots with hoof pads.
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