How to Prevent Thrush In Horses

How to Prevent Thrush In Horses

Thrush is a common hoof condition that affects horses, causing discomfort and potential lameness if left untreated. It is caused by a bacterial infection in the frog of the hoof, resulting in a foul odor and a black, tar-like discharge. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to treat and prevent thrush in horses.

What Causes Thrush in Horses?

Thrush is primarily caused by a moist and dirty environment, which creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria that causes thrush is an anaerobic bacteria, meaning it actually survives better without access to air. Which is also why this bacteria thrives in dirty, mucky environments. Horses that are kept in muddy paddocks or standing in wet bedding for extended periods are more susceptible to developing thrush. Additionally, poor hoof hygiene and lack of regular hoof cleaning can contribute to the development of thrush.

How to Treat Thrush

If you suspect your horse has thrush, it is important to take immediate action to prevent further progression of the infection. We recommend the following steps:

  1. Clean the hooves: Start by thoroughly cleaning the hooves with a hoof pick and brush. Remove any dirt, debris, bedding, or manure that may be trapped in the frog.
  2. Trim the frog: Depending on your horse's hoof care routine, it may be necessary to call a Ferrier to have them come trim your horse's frogs. In some extreme cases, it is important to trim it back to expose the infected areas to air and allow for better treatment penetration. We recommend this be done by a professional, unless you are fully confident in the process. Over trimming can cause additional damage to the hoof and sole.
  3. Apply a thrush treatment: MAVRIK Hoof Oil and Good Stuff Spray both treat and prevent thrush by directly targeting and killing the bacteria that creates thrush and preventing if from growing back. Apply Good Stuff Spray to the hoof to flush out any bacteria along the wall of the Frog and under shoes. Then apply MAVRIK hoof Oil directly to the hoof sole, saturating the frog area and under shoes. Let the hoof rest and paint along the outside hoof wall up onto the coronet band. MAVRIK hoof oil also conditions the hoof from the inside out, making it less susceptible to white line, abscesses and other hoof ailments.
  4. Keep the hooves dry: To prevent the recurrence of thrush, it is crucial to keep the hooves clean and dry. Avoid muddy or wet environments and provide clean, dry bedding for your horse.

Preventing Thrush

Our Grandpa used to say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a Pound of Cure!" and this is key when it comes to thrush in horses. By implementing the following measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of your horse developing thrush:

  • Maintain good hoof hygiene: Regularly clean your horse's hooves with a hoof pick and brush to remove any debris or dirt that may accumulate in the frog.
  • Provide a clean and dry environment: Ensure your horse's living area is clean, dry, and well-drained. Avoid muddy paddocks and regularly remove manure and wet bedding.
  • Regular hoof trimming: Schedule regular visits from a professional farrier to trim your horse's hooves and maintain proper hoof balance.
  • Use hoof conditioners: Applying MAVRIK hoof oil to hooves as part of your regular tack routine will keep them healthy, moisturized and bacteria free. We also recommend spraying the hooves daily with Good Stuff Spray before adding the oil.

Remember, early detection and prompt treatment are crucial when it comes to thrush in horses. If you notice any signs of thrush, consult with your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. 




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