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AimHigh

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AimHigh says:

Preventing Mud Fever and Thrush

As you've all probably all noticed (and experienced!) the horse fields have recently become small marshes, sucking at the horses feet and drenching their legs. A couple of years back we had a 14.2hh cob that become a mud-fever sufferer due to the muddy conditions and since then I have been on the look-out for signs of both thrush and mud fever in all the horses that I look after. In October we bought two colt shetland foals and I check and pick their feet out everyday but in this muddy weather their heels have become reddened and their soles a little bit softer which obviously are not ideals for us :/ So I have been towel drying their legs to a semi-dryness and then coating them with vaseline and muddy buddy (alternatly) every five days or so, continuing to dry them and pick them out everyday along with spraying purple spray (different name, not the robinsons brand, just can't remember it at the moment) which has antibacterial properties on their frog and sole to prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria such as thrush.

 

My also horsey friend recently told me that this was also a good method to prevent thrush: pick the feet out thoroughly and clean so their is no mud in the frog, then coat the sole and frog in Stockholm Hoof Tar (RP of £8.48 from Robinsons) which is actually tar and quite horrible, but it is really good for preventing thrush in her experience. Just thought I'd share a few methods in this horrible weather, anyone else feel like sharing? There's no such thing as too much help :)
 

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Preventing Mud Fever and Thrush

Kevin Bacons fluid was recommended as was Dettol hard surface cleaner, also Hydrogen Peroxide at one part to 4 parts water for the trush the blue spray off the vet also stockholm tar . Just to worry you all but rhe nasty which causes mud fever also causes rain scald as had this lesson given me as my ex-racehorse rescue had all 3 plus other interesting problems except ring worm. It all takes time and patience which you need with horses plus money. One of the other things that was used is Udder Cream. A word of caution as the smell you get with mud fever and so you treat it as such especially if you have a Gypsy Cob it can be something completely different as I found to my cost with my old Cob Tonka this developed into ulcerated legs caused by the skin being sensative to sunlight cause Ragwort eaten as a foal with the Gypsys liver and kidney damage aged 30 RIP. Unfortunately now happeneing in horses as young as 15. 

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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sammyseshi

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sammyseshi says:

Re: Preventing Mud Fever and Thrush

Never had experiance of mud fever (touch wood) but my old pony used to get terrible thrush, we'd pick out her feet then scrub them clean with hibiscrub (quite dilute) then like you do coat with purple spray or the yellow iodine spray. worked a treat

My babies have hooves :)

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AimHigh

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AimHigh says:

Re: Preventing Mud Fever and Thrush

Umhm :) Iodine spray is good so long as the grass isn't wet and they put their foot down straight away, as we have to put it on in the field it comes nearly all off before it has a chance to soak :/

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kimsie

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kimsie says:

Re: Preventing Mud Fever and Thrush

Has anybody heard of Frogwell? A girl in our yard uses it to prevent thrush and she swears by it. It's quiet an old - fashioned remedy I think.

Kimsie

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Preventing Mud Fever and Thrush

Told to use a 25% solution of Hydrogen Peroxide the rest made up with water as the farrier took a strong dislike to the use of Stockholm Tar as I use tuff.

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