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Horse Thrush 

Information & Treatment

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Thrush is a bacterial infection that involves the central and lateral sulci of the frog. The horses foot has some natural self cleaning mechanisms which can be hindered by conformation, such as upright or contracted feet with deep sulci, lameness, lack of exercise  and wet environmental conditions.  The bacteria which can cause thrush are in the manure and soil where your horse lives and can get lodged into the areas around the frog, and in the right conditions, start an infection. The signs of thrush include a foul odor, black discharge and possibly lameness.

Thrush treatment can involve veterinary and farrier services to remove the affected tissue, and then application of a product to resolve the bacterial infection.  More severe cases can require systemic antibiotics.

Prevention involves routine cleaning of your horses feet, recognizing conformational problems that can predispose to thrush, routine farrier care and keeping your horses stalls and paddocks clean and dry.

I have a horse that is predisposed to thrushy feet, some of it due to conformation. 

Treating and controlling  it means having him on regular visits from the farrier. The sulci are very deep places.  You have to make sure they are cleaned entirely, using a hoof pick. I have one with the brush on the other side, and sometimes use a wire brush. It is important to use a method that gets the treatment down into the sulci where the bacteria are. I use a syringe and a syringe tip to "inject" the betadine  where it has to go.  I havent tried it but some will soak a small piece of cotton in betadine and stuff it into the sulci, which is also a good idea. 


COPPEROX is a clear blue-green solution containing 37.5 % copper napthenate.

COPPEROX is designed as an antiseptic and astringent to be employed in the treatment of thrush, hoof punctures and cracks in horses; foot rot in cattle and sheep; as an antifungic in the treatment of fungal dermatosis, ringworm; as a foot pad toughener in dogs, in the treatment of spongy hooves; and as an astringent and antiseptic on wounds and after dehorning.  

DIRECTIONS:Cleanse the affected area, remove all necrotic tissue and debris, apply COPPEROX with a swab or brush.  

Do not apply to the teats of lactating animals
Keep out of reach of children
Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes
Keep container tightly closed


Koppersol (Kopper Kare)

Koppersol (Kopper Kare)

Contains: Copper Naphthenate 37.5%

Kopper Kare is a fungicide-antiseptic-astringent solution indicated for use in the treatment of footrot on cattle and sheep; thrush, hoof punctures, cracked hooves, and spongy hooves in horses, ringworm, wounds, after dehorning; and as a pad toughener in dogs.

Directions for Use:
Remove all dead tissue and cleanse the affected area.
Use Kopper Kare by squeezing the bottle or applying with a brush or swab.

Do not apply to the teats of lactating dairy animals.
Not for use on cats or rabbits.
Avoid contact with eyes and mucus membranes.
Keep out of the reach of children.


Betadine Solution
(Thrush Treatment and more!)

Betadine Solution

Antiseptic solution (not the scrub), for general use on cuts and scrapes. Keeps cuts clean while healing.
Also works with thrush.  Use diluted and get it into the deep areas of the sulci with a syringe.


Healing Tree Huuf Magic

Healing Tree Huuf Magic

Easily applied  non-messy, penetrating treatment for use on thrush, seedy toe, white line disease and other bacterial and fungal problems associated with the sole, frog and hoof. Huuf magic is non-staining, non-toxic, non-caustic and safe on hair and skin. A unique blend of jojoba oil, and benzathonium chloride in a buffered strength for maximum antifungal and antimicrobial activity.

473ml - $31.99

Straight Arrow ProTect Thrush Treatment

Straight Arrow ProTect Thrush

Provides full and complete treatment for the entire hoof. Kill the bacteria associated with thrush. Kill sother opportunistic bacteria and fungi. Deep penetrating gel formula assures complete and effective coverage and treatment.

473ml - $21.99

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