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Horse Articles :: Signs of Thrush
Signs of Thrush in a Horse's Hoof
Thrush, an invasion of bacteria and moisture into the sole
of the horses foot. The front and /or back feet may be affected.
Many horses that are confined to a stall or small area are
more prone to thrush than other horses. Moist and unclean
conditions are breeding places for bacteria.
If your horse must be confined, a daily inspection and cleaning
of the horse's feet along with good stable management will
protect your horse from contracting thrush.
Visible signs of thrush are a black and tarry substance
oozing from the foot and an unpleasant odor. Thrush causes
the frog (the grooves along side and down the center of the
frog) and surrounding tissue to become soft and crumbly. As
the hoof degrades even further, the heel begins to split and
to bleed. Thrush is extremely painful and debilitating for
Mild cases are easily taken care of with a little help from
your farrier. If the condition is left untreated, the hoof
will deteriorate even further and as a result, the horse can
become permanently lame.
In advanced cases you will need the help of your farrier
and your veterinarian. They will need to debride the effected
area and remove as much of the diseased tissue as possible.
There may be a good deal of blood associated with this tissue
removal if the thrush is advanced enough, so be prepared.
If the center cleft of the frog is deeply involved, you will
have to clean it out every day and pack it with medication and
cotton, your farrier and/or veterinarian will show you exactly
what you will need to do. With allot of love and care your horse
will be back on his feet in no time.
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