Home Remedies for Thrush in Horses


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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8 Responses

  1. Rohnda says:

    I have been using some Donnybrook products – particular the Hoofspray that has applecider vinegar see this site http://www.donnybrookhoof.com.au/index.php?id=23

  2. Patti says:

    Hi Cassie…a lady at my boarding facility uses straight bleach. She sprays it right into the bottom of the hoof and into every crevice. What do you think about this treatment?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Patti,

      The hoof is still living tissue, so I’m not sure I’d want to use straight bleach. But I have heard of people using it. If it’s not something I’d put on my own skin, then I wouldn’t use it on my horse–but that’s just me!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Hi Casie – thanks for the article on treating thrush. Working on our consistency here. We have the issue down to 1 of 8 hooves. 1 more to go….

    Wondering about a slightly different hoof issue. Our horses hooves have spots that are crumbly and white. The trimmer thinks this is due to lack of use – like they are not getting onto the trail enough. This isn’t making sense to me as they have a large paddock area to walk around in and they do get out for longer exercise periods at least 3-4 times a week. I think it is moisture related, although their area is pretty dry. They do always walk through some pile of manure – even if there is just 1 in the area – which makes keeping feet dry a challenge. That part isn’t new, but the white crumbly stuff is. Is there a possibility that this is also the result of a mineral imbalance? If so, any thoughts about what might be out of balance? Thanks so much!!

    • Casie says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      Is the white crumbly part on the sole of the hoof or the wall? This is very normal on the sole and it can be scraped away with a hoof pick or knife. It could be a sign that the hoof is not receiving enough wear or it could also mean the hoof wall could stand to be trimmed a little shorter. (Could also be the wet weather, as you suggested). Just depends on where this is exactly as to whether it’s normal or not.

  4. Melanie says:

    Hello Casie,
    Thrush is mostly situated on or around the frog , it can vary in intensity , from minor to the point where the horse is extremely sensitive in the foot , even lameness can occur.
    I have never considered using bleach or such “remedies” as I wouldn’t use on my horse what I wouldn’t use on myself. There are several possibilities to combat thrush , products one can purchase like “Thrush-off” ( from Wellhorse) , it works well. Although in my experience the best working homemade recipe is :
    30ml pure coconut oil ( summer) or Calendula oil (winter)
    15 drops Tea Tree (melaleuca) essential oil
    15 drops Oregano essential oil
    10 drops Lavender essential oil
    Mix and apply to the clean , washed hoof
    For severe thrush use it can be used on a daily basis , minor thrush 2x a week , for prevention 1x every 2 weeks. One can also make a green clay mix ( kept in a glass jar in the fridge) .
    Mix the green clay add cotton shreds ( cotton balls one uses to clean the face) , add the Carrier oil ( coconut or Calendula) , mix the above essential oils in ( at a higher dosis) , a little honey can also be added. The cotton will keep the clay in place in the collateral grooves , holes in the hoofwall , frog etc. . (This also works well for Hoof abscesses ). Exchange the clay-cotton every day.
    Good Luck

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