Thrush can be rather painful for the horse causing it to land toe-first to avoid the heel pain. 

thrush_1 Thrush typically has a nasty rotten smell, the tissue is black and slimy, and it tends to begin along the collateral grooves. Though an infection does not have to be this obvious. When an animal has deep central sulcus thrush, it will be evident by the crevice you see between the heel bulbs and into the center of the frog. This crevice should not be there. It is the result of the bacterial/fungal infection.

thrush_2Equine thrush is caused by anaerobic bacteria (living without oxygen) that, when trapped in moisture, can create an infection that slowly eats away at the horse's hoof tissue, particularly the frog area. Most of the time this will create some mild discomfort, but as long as it is addressed quickly it rarely does anything more. Left unattended for a period of time, the thrush can eventually make its way into the sensitive areas of the frog invading the digital cushion deep inside. The picture to the left above is of a mules right fore hoof. The heels are WAY too long, as are the toes, the frog has thrush that has invaded deep into the hoof structure. The picture to the right is the left fore hoof of a horse showing central sulcus thrush evidenced by the deep crevice between the heel bulbs, and also along one of the collateral grooves.

Equine Thrush has always been thought to be associated with unhealthy living conditions, but this may not be totally accurate. Thrush is also not a wet environment problem only. Many years of studying hooves and investigating successful treatments of thrush have brought to light another picture of the cause of this disease. Poor hoof care can only partly be identified as a cause (for example, with horses kept standing most of the time, unable to move freely). Properly trimmed and maintained hooves & frogs, cleaned on a fairly regular basis and unrestricted movement contribute greatly to ridding the problem of thrush.

Sulcus Crack + Soft Heel = Thrush!

Fungus is usually primary with a secondary bacterial infection eating tissue. Whatever you use, don’t use something that kills live tissue. While Koppertox is traditionally used to treat thrush, it is a nasty poison, both for us and the horses, and the environment. It also kills live tissue, providing more "food" for the invading organisms.

thrush_3We have had very good results with No Thrush, a revolutionary dry thrush treatment. 

This product can be used to treat this fungus no matter how little or how badly wide spread.

Notice we don't say "Cure" when speaking about thrush, we say "Treat." This is because thrush is not curable. The bacteria lives in the horse, and returns when conditions aren't ideal. Once thrush takes hold, all you can do is treat. Although we do recommend using No Thrush ® in a regular maintenance program. After regular treatment and healing dusting, a regular 3-4 dustings per month (maintenance) will give substantial aid in keeping thrush from re-invading.

If you beat thrush in the sulcus, you’ll beat it everywhere else.

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