Alternative Treatment Of
Please be advised that what ever you do with your
horse it is done at your own risk. You need to have certain experience
to perform this safely. It is best if you consult a professional or your
farrier before trying this form of treatment.
One needs to know the condition and the level of the thrush.
In the presence of a serious infection or inflammation, this may not be
the best choice. One needs to exercise his judgment in this case. (click
on image to enlarge)
Same hoof after several weeks of successful treatment
|The figure one shows the depth of the crack in
the frog. The sensitivity is tested and objects removed (small
stones etc), then the rest of the foot is cleaned with a hoof
The foot has to be washed thoroughly and scrubbed with a brush.
The hoof is then wiped off and one has to wait about ten
minutes for the foot to dry out some more. This is to ensure
that the following applications are effective.
The deep crack is then cleaned by pulling a piece of gauze
through the crack. This may be somewhat tricky when done for the
first time. The gauze is pressed with the thumb deep into the
crack and then is pulled upwards with the other hand. One need
to exercise caution here, because when pulled toward the leg of
the horse it could
cut into the horses soft tissue in the affected area. It can be
done reverse way by pulling it downwards through the crack.
Which ever way one prefers. You may want to wear some rubber
7% iodine is squeezed into the crack using a syringe ( no
Then the foot is raised in horizontal level and the rest of the
iodine is applied around the frog.
Finished result after the iodine rinse. The foot is then sat
down and let dry for about ten minutes to insure the iodine
effect and the adhesiveness of the following product.
Small piece of gauze is rolled up and dipped into Reducine. The
size/amount of the gauze must be adjusted to the dept of the
cavity so it is big enough to fill it and not too big so
it wouldn't fall out.
Pad is ideal instead of the gauze or cotton,
the latter is less desirable, but it will still
The side of the gauze that has been dipped into the Reducine
is then set on top of the crack.
The pick is then used to press the gauze inside the crack.
One needs to use the pick in this angle (fig 9) so it wouldn't
penetrate through the gauze into the crack and causing some
further complications to the already damaged area. (The pressure of the gauze will promote
healing from the inside out, as well as it will
help in contracted heels from getting worse)
|There is a special brush called on the track the "Paint Brush" which is easily available on most tracks
but hard to find in most catalogs or stores. In this case regular
tooth brush is used to apply the Reducine to insure a proper penetration.
Commonly used "application" brushes are not recommended
for Reducine. (a little "sloppy" job in this
picture and somewhat wasted Reducine, but
still practical and effective)
The entire frog and bulbs of the heal are treated.
Reducine is then applied to the coronet band and the upper
half of the hoof.
|The foot with the gauze in it can be left like
that for two or three days without additional treatments,
depending on the moisture of the environment and the condition
of the frog. Hoof should be treated like this not
more then three times and not less than twice during one week.
(Do not forget to remove the old piece of gauze) It
is important that one will exercise certain judgment and adjusts
the treatment according to conditions. When the gauze doesn't
fit into the crack anymore then the Reducine is used without it.
The iodine bath is used only for the initial application and
should not be used more than one or two treatments. One has to
adjust his judgment to the conditions of the frog and the effect
of the iodine.
The whole point of this treatment is to heal the frog from
the inside out while keeping it from drying out (iodine alone
will do that). The iodine
helps us to get rid of the bacteria and infection, while the
Reducine helps the frog to regenerate at the same time while
preventing it from excessive drying out (frequent side effect of
other remedies). The
pressure of the gauze helps the frog to stay open (some air access), while keeping
the dirt from entering the crack. Some folks use cotton which is
sometimes somewhat harder to remove as against the gauze will
come out in one piece.
Later on if too busy, one can apply just the gauze with
Reducine without the entire process of washing. Most important
is that the surface of the frog is not wet in order to ensure
the adhesiveness of the Reducine.
Once when the thrush is
gone, resume your regular
This type of thrush is very often seen in the presence of
contracted heals and often in dry conditions. Horse working on
hard services also seem to be prone to this form of the disease.
This alone will favor
the second theory in our article
|Related Article: Alternative
Thrush Treatment 2
my comments are merely my opinions and
beliefs gained from 40 years of
professional life with horses. All drugs
should be used only by the consent of a
veterinarian and according to his
instructions. A person who is with the
horse everyday, should know him better
than anyone else.
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