Thrush: A Smelly Situation

Soggy spring weather can do more than make hooves pliable — it can bring on thrush, a smelly infection of the frog that causes a thick, black discharge. While mud itself might not bring on cases of thrush, if there is any organic matter in the mud, like urine or manure, the destruction of the […]

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Clean Up Your Act To Prevent Thrush

Thrush is an infection in the sole of a horse’s hoof that can be severe enough to cause lameness. Thrush is extremely common and is not always indicative of damp or muddy equine housing: Thrush can be found in horses that live in dry environments if their hooves are not cleaned regularly–dirt and debris pack […]

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Getting The Jump On Mud-Borne Ailments

With spring right around the corner, so too is the season for mud-related ailments in horses. Thrush, scratches and other issues associated with standing in wet environments can not only cause a horse discomfort, but can also lead to bigger problems if not treated properly, or staved off all together. Journeyman farrier Danvers Child, says […]

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Three Steps To Thwart Thrush In Horses’ Hooves

When the ground is wet and muddy, horses’ hooves don’t get a chance to dry out and firm up, often leading┬áto a bacterial infection called thrush. Thrush, which thrives in wet, unsanitary conditions, affects the frog of the horse’s hoof. Often the ailment is noticed by a strong odor and a dark, crumbly substance in […]

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Straight From The Farrier’s Mouth: The Best Products For Your Horse’s Feet

Everyone has their favorite products for keeping their horses’ feet clean, healthy and strong, but with the literally thousands of supplements, polishes, paints, and other products, how do we really know what is better than the rest? Notable farriers, including Ric Redden, Bryan Frayley, Steve Norman, Michael Wildenstein, and others weighed in on a wide […]

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