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17th November 2009, 11:24 AM
I noticed thrush in Jinksy's hooves (only on his left hand side which is odd) and there is also a deep crack running down the middle of his frog to his heel which oozes when squished together. I had the vet out to have him vaccinated and got her to have a look at them whilst she was there. She said to clean them out with hibiscrub. she also said he had some little scabs which could be the start of mud fever?
I'm not too sure what i should be doing or how much the hibiscrub needs diluting. He doesn't really like his back feet being messed with so it's going to be hard getting into the crack without getting kicked.
Also should i put some purple spray on the soles of his feet to kill the bacteria?
A friend of mine also suggested peroxide but it sounds a little too harsh on the frog to me.
I've only had him for 4 days
17th November 2009, 11:51 AM
I use purple spray for thrush.
17th November 2009, 12:38 PM
i've used purple spray in the past. its easier to get on and Hibiscrub stings so horses often dont like it!!
17th November 2009, 12:49 PM
Purple spray didn't work too well for me.
I've used hibiscrub and it seemed to improve it. Just poured a bit in her hooves, scrubbed and rinsed it off. I didn't dilute it.
My farrier suggested peroxide. It's not the hair one though, it's a peroxide solution that you use on human cuts. I got it over the counter at boots for about 70p. I just picked her feet out, gave them a hose off and poured it down the cracks at the side of her frog. It fizzes up when you pour it on.. seemed to work better than hibiscrub for me
17th November 2009, 01:24 PM
Hibiscrub should be diluted so that the water is a pale pink colour. When Lib hurt her leg, the vet said that I should make it pale pink and a couple of drops would do a mug size.
17th November 2009, 08:54 PM
Im not keen on peroxide although lots of people do use it, if its oozing if he is in i would try a poultice for a few days and soak it in some warm salt water dry it purple spray it and polutice it up,
once it is sorted out i use a products called vialte i think by veredus that is a really good cleaner for hooves Ollie has very badly shaped feet whcih make cleaning his frogs impossible but this stuff proper fizzez in everywhere and cleans them out nicely
17th November 2009, 09:32 PM
Thanks for all the advice. When i went up earlier and cleaned them they didn't look as bad and as oozy. I hoof picked them, hosed them out, scrubbed with diluted hibiscrub, waited for a bit then hosed off and took him back to his clean bed.
Some of the other liverys chipped in there advice whilst i was doing it, everyone seems to have there own way and views. One said that they would never use purple spray, another saying that hibiscrub doesn't work and that i should use peroxide. Also once i put it on and left it for a while i then hosed it off again but then i got told that i should leave it on. So i'm not too sure what i should be doing.
The farrier is coming on friday so i'll get him to have a look too and see what he suggests.
The Little Magician
17th November 2009, 09:50 PM
The reason whu the Purple sprays dont work as well as they used to on things like thrush is becuase they have had to remove the active ingredient that kills fungal spores, some EU reason.
I think Hibi scrubb does work, but only if it is used on an extremely regular basis ie 2 times a day.
What I recommend our customers to use (and I have had alot of good feed back from this) and what I have used myself is Teatree oil, if you get a hoof oil like the one NAF make or even Carr Day and Martin and add loads of the Teatree oil in to it, it clears up realy quite quickily. Teatree oil is a natural and very powerfull antifungal, and antibacterial product, which along with the tars in these two hoof oils have great effects on hoof problems caused by bacterias.
3rd December 2009, 12:40 PM
Here's a pic of his back left hoof which is the worse one.
The purple on the back of his heel is purple spray. I've been hibiscrubbing as often as i can maybe every other day, and when time is short i've been purple spraying. It's doesn't seem to smell now.
I've noticed that his front left hoof has dried up quite a bit, maybe because of the purple spray or maybe it's because he's shod on his front feet and his sole is further away from the ground. His frog isn't looking to pretty, and his heel goes white and soft when i wash it off after bringing him in from the field. Apart from that they are in alot better condition than when i first got him.
3rd December 2009, 12:49 PM
The best thing I have found for thrush is an antiseptic foot spray which I get from Countrywide. It's also used on cattle and sheep. Spray feet twice per day to start, then drop to once a day until all cleared up.
Tea tree is also very good as said above :)
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