Horse thrush is a lameness that affects quite a lot of horses. It is very painful if it is not treated and affects the cleft of the frog, so makes it very difficult to walk if not taken care of. You can detect it especially by its smell after cleaning the horse’s hoofs, and you might also be able to spot some discharge. Although several of you may have learned to clean this with peroxide or worse, bleach, you can now rest assured that safer methods exist.
There are ways to prevent thrush. One, clean your horse’s hooves regularly. Two, use essential oils every time all over the hooves to help prevent them, or daily if your horse is prone to thrush. And, the few times they show up, clean them with the oils to help cure them.
The Essential Oils used for Thrush are the following:
• Tea Tree of Melaleuca alternifolia • Lemongrass • Rosemary • Myrtle • Lavandin • Citronella • Thyme
How to apply the oils when there is a thrush:
Clean the hoof completely and properly – be meticulous. Apply the oils directly to the thrush. For severe cases, take a cotton ball dipped in the oils and insert it in the cleft of the hoof, then take it out. Repeat once a day.
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