Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many uses and benefits including as a great homemade solution for treating and preventing thrush. Because it is acidic, ACV kills fungus when used as a soak or applied directly on the hoof. ACV will also aid in the healing process.
Organic raw apple cider vinegar is more effective than non-organic. Organic ACV has not been pasteurized leaving all the naturally occurring bacteria, nutrients, and enzymes intact, whereas regular ACV has been heated and distilled in the pasteurization process to increase shelf life.
You can purchase a bottle of Bragg Organic ACV at your local grocery store for around five or six dollars.
For Thrush Treatment and Prevention
Start by cleaning your horse's hoof out really well with a hoof pick. Be sure to remove any mud or dirt packed in the central sulcus. The deep crevices on either side of the frog can trap in moisture, making them a very conducive environment for thrush, so clean them out thoroughly as well.
Next, spray out your horse's hoof with a water hose to flush out any dirt that you were unable to reach with your hoof pick.
You can use apple cider vinegar as a soak by mixing one cup of ACV in a gallon of water. Allow your horse to stand in the solution for fifteen to twenty minutes. For mild to moderate cases of thrush, soak feet for two to three days consecutively.
Try a quicker method by diluting ACV in a spray bottle. Use one part ACV to two parts water, and spray directly on the affected area immediately after cleaning the hoof. The spray can be used as preventative when applied once or twice per week.
With regular use and good hoof care practice, your horse's hooves will be a lot healthier.
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