Updated: Jun 5, 2020
Hey, y'all! Sam herewith, as requested by a subscriber, a blog post about thrush! Now, you may be wondering what thrush is. If you read my last post about how it could cause a horse to go lame, don't freak out. Thrush can be easily prevented by cleaning out your horse's hooves after every ride. And y'all, to be honest, I don't clean out my horse's hooves after EVERY ride. But that being said, I live down in big Texas where everything's pretty dry. What does dry have to do with thrush? Well, thrush is so much less common in dry climates than it is in wet ones.
Y'all know those dressage horses that stay in their stalls all-day? They hardly know what dirt is! But they can still get thrush. It really depends on how your horse's overall immune system is. You know how in this whole COVID-19 thing you're hearing all kinds of stuff about boosting your immune system (Maybe it's just me)? A strong immune system can fight a virus or an infection. That's exactly what thrush is, a bacterial infection in a horse's hoof. In occurs near the frog *see Parts are Important 2* and causes a gooey discharge. Literally, it stinks. That's one of the best ways to know if your horse has thrush: the smell.
How do you get your horse's immune system up? Well, how do you get your immune system up? Vitamins, exercise, diet, etc. Your horse needs those things too. It needs good quality feed and exercise. Oh, don't forget hoof care! If your horse hasn't seen a farrier, it should. Those are the best possible things you can do to prevent thrush and many other things that can happen to your equine.
Now, what should you do if our horse has thrush? First and foremost, make sure that it's thrush and not something else. Here's an image of what thrush looks like.
Ick! Yeah, you don't what your horse having that. And, as I said before, smell it! If it stinks and it looks that way, y'all, it's probably thrush.
Okay, so you're sure it's thrush. Now, what do you do? Call in the experts. I'm talking veterinarian or farrier. If your horse hasn't seen a farrier, no matter how healthy it is, it should see one. I understand if you trim your horse's hooves yourself, but that doesn't mean you don't need that professional hoof care every three months. Your vet/farrier is going to know exactly what to do for your specific situation, but generally, the number one best thing you can do to treat thrush is clean your horse's hooves. Pick at the thrush and clean it out.
That's about it, y'all! Comment below on whether or not YOU've seen a case of thrust, and how bad it was! Sam out!