How to prevent or control thrush in horses and ponies
Preventing Thrush in Horses - Controlling Thrush in Horses
Even with good management, some horses are prone to chronic thrush and have recurrent episodes no matter how clean their environment is kept. In these cases, management of the problem with Banixx spray, several times a week, is a must to control the problem. These horses often have some hoof abnormality, such as, excessive heel growth that provides a very deep cleft between the heel bulbs. This makes it impossible to keep this cleft clean with a hoof pick without making the horse sore. In this type of situation, a syringe (without the needle!!) or a plastic curved tip syringe may be useful for reaching deep places with Banixx, such as, between deep heel bulbs. An alternative is to place the hoof in a medicine boot or substitute, with 3-4 ounces of Banixx, a few times a week while your horse eats.
Of course, another aspect of treating thrush is to provide some changes in the affected horse's living arrangements. Resolve to keep cleaner, drier stalls and increase your horse's exercise/turnout time. Better yet, try for a longer turnout in a clean field. Not only will these changes help clear up a case of thrush, but it will help prevent its return. Of course, we all would like our horses to live in a perfect world with large green pastures and a lovely, large clean stall. We understand that this is hard to achieve and that we are all doing our best for our horses but, these efforts are often limited.