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AllisonJean

Coppertox Vs Thrush Buster

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I've been using thrush buster for a very long time (5 years). It usually seems to do a good job until this year. We have been having a pretty wet year and maybe I'm just expecting more than usual but I was considering Coppertox. Has anyone had any luck with it?

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Hate coppertox...

Ive been scrubbing frogs after picking the feet with soapy Dawn dishsoap water mixed up in a spray bottle.

After the foot is clean, I have been having good luck varying between Thrushbuster and No Thrush http://www.nothrushshop.com/index.html

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Hate coppertox...

Ive been scrubbing frogs after picking the feet with soapy Dawn dishsoap water mixed up in a spray bottle.

After the foot is clean, I have been having good luck varying between Thrushbuster and No Thrush http://www.nothrushshop.com/index.html

Hmm i've never heard of that but it sounds inexpensive considering there is dawn in my kitchen right now... Is there any directions you could give me?

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Just mix a good teaspoon or so of dawn dishsoap in a spray bottle and fill it up with water so its soapy. after you pick the foot out, spray the frog and commissures well and scrub with a hoof pick brush. Spray it again with the soapy water to rinse. No need to rinse off the soap, just get the poo and dirt off. A spray bottle will blast crud out of flaps and cracks.

Let it drip dry a min or pat dry with a rag and then apply your thrushbuster or No thrush. I pick and scrub at least once a day sometimes twice if I have a problem in trying to get ahead of.

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I've honestly never had much luck with either Thrush Buster or Koppertox. I'd been told numerous times that straight up bleach worked wonders, but I had always worried that it was too harsh. Then I had a particularly stubborn case of thrush in one of my elderly horse's hind feed - it had been months, but it just wouldn't go away because he chronically stood in his pee spot. So I asked my farrier what he recommended, and he said bleach was the way to go. Clean feet daily, brush them out, and apply bleach with a spray bottle. Once a day for 5 days, and then once or twice a week until it cleared up. I did as he suggested, and the foot healed up after just 10 days or so. I've since tried it on other horses, and it always works and has never harmed the foot.

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Rather Thrushbuster, it stains but the smell doesn't make me feel like i just walked out of a chemical factory.. and Coppertox always seems to take so much to get off your hands, I have to wear surgical gloves when using it.. I prefer not. as is currently thrushbuster isn't working, so am looking into different affordable remedy.. Daniel has never been unsound, so it doesn't " Seem " to bother him.. but I will be putting down some AG Lime this year to neutralize my paddock, and then hopefully neutralize any of the bacteria causing the repeated infections.

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Kitten brings up a good point. Its important that the area the horse stands is condusive to forging a good foot. Interestingly enough, horse poop is worse than urine for damaging feet according to my studies, so make sure to keep the poo bits picked up and picked out of the foot.

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Hey Trinity, I was wondering if you could help me again? I used your idea and the thrush is COMPLETELY gone today! (Thanks a ton!) but I was cleaning his feet today and noticed the outer part of the sole was picking off... It was bad in one foot (about to post pics), cracked in another, and fine in the other two. I put him in the round pen and he was definitely 100% sound, he actually wanted to go. Is this anything I should be worried about? I put some Thrush Buster on it but I'm not sure how much that helped... Any input is great!

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What you have there is just exfoliating sole. Totally normal. All horses soles exfoliate. if they do not, that is how you get false sole build up. I scratch it out with the hoof pick or my hoof knife when I find it or go for a long trail ride and that usually sloughs it pretty clean. Nothing to worry about :)

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Thank you so much! You are great! That just saved me worrying and a vet bill... A thousand thanks, you are the hoof whisperer!

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