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What is Thrush in horses?


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Answered 2013-03-13 20:25:38

Thrush is the lay term for a rotting infection of the frog, which is the spongy triangle-shapedportion of the underside of the hoof. It is often caused by poor hoof care compounded with stabling in wet, muddy environments. Treatment consists of cleaning out the bulk of the foul-smelling exudate and keeping the hoof surface clean and dry - simple exposure to oxygen tends to kill the causative organisms. Therapy can be hastened with application of any astringent (vinegar, dilute bleach, a commercial thrush treatment, etc) to the surface of the hoof twice daily until the exudate resolves.

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