How does one take care of hoof thrush without modern medicines?

October 31st, 2013 by Emily
treating thrush
by D.Eickhoff

Question: How does one take care of hoof thrush without modern medicines?
In the absence of iodine solutions or antibiotics, what are effective ways of treating thrush? Are there any particular natural remedies? Is using a pick the only solution? Are there any types of grasses or terrain one should stay away from taking the horse while it is recovering from thrush? Think of this as a historical question, when medicines were primitive.

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Answer by Ru
Well, thrush is normally caused by the horse being in very wet or very dry areas. a generally moist but not sopping ground is superior for the horse, but as for what they did historically for the horses I don’t know.

I do know that plants with anti bacterial and anti septic properties, such as thyme and apple leaves, could be smashed up and smeared on, and a hot poultice with other herbs could help draw out the infection.

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5 Comments on “How does one take care of hoof thrush without modern medicines?”

  1. partly cloudy says:

    back in the old days they used either lime powder or bleach, more recently.

  2. Ford giveth Ford taketh Away says:

    Use vinegar and iodine mixed 50/50. Apply directly to the bottom of the hoof.

  3. zakiit says:

    Stockholm Tar is excellent for dealing with thrush and to make it easier to apply mix it with some good old hoof oil.

    As to places to avoid – really the worst thing is wet ground – ie mud and a mucky stable with wet bedding.

    Everyday bring him in. Wash his hooves inside and out, dry them, especially on the inside, and then apply the tar/hoof oil mix inside – paying particular attention to the grooves and crevices, heels and frogs.

  4. Akabln says:

    Thrush is a fungus. Therefore, my farrier suggests soaking the hoof in bleach and water up to, just below the coronet band once a week. Even though In AZ, horses out here are in stalls most of the time and stand in their own urine a lot. Thrush is very common.

  5. Emma says:

    Recognising Thrush is not difficult. It appears as a foul-smelling, black, clay-like substance in the area surrounding the frog. It is caused by anaerobic bacteria – this is the type of bacteria that thrives without oxygen. Most manure and dirt contain these organisms and if it is allowed to remain packed in hooves it will cause disease and discomfort. Wet bedding doesn’t help, but is not the direct cause.

    Muddy conditions, which cannot always be avoided are not good for your horse’s hooves. Hooves and heels can become soft making them more susceptible to bruising and damage as well as Thrush. Long term exposure to moisture and bacteria sets up the perfect environment for thrush to thrive.

    How to Prevent Thrush –

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