Thrush explained

My horse has thrush in one hind hoof. Can you give me info on this? He spends most of his time in a large pasture but does have a stall at night. I am currently using ...My horse has thrush in one hind hoof. Can you give me info on this? He spends most of his time in a large pasture but does have a stall at night. I am currently using ...

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

My horse has thrush in one hind hoof. Can you give me info on this? He spends most of his time in a large pasture but does have a stall at night. I am currently using thrush xx on the hoof. How long should I treat the hoof before the thrush is gone?

Jane

Dear Jane,

Thrush is a necrotic degenerative condition of the frog and sulci. It is often seen in horses that are keep in dirty wet conditions and/or don’t have their hooves picked out daily. Thrush is characterized by a necrotic foul-smell to the underside of the hoof. Treatment involves picking the hooves, cleaning the area the horse is in and applying an anti-thrush agent. You are currently treating with "Thrush XX" which should resolve the problem as long as you clean out the hooves daily. I can not say how long it will take as this depends upon how severe the thrush is to begin with and how diligently you are at treatment.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder