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Preventing Thrush In Horses

November 14, 2023

Thrush is one of the most common issues we see in horses. This is a bacterial infection, and one that can become debilitating if not addressed. As you may know, thrush is characterized by a foul-smelling black substance, which may be pretty accurately described as goo or gunk, seeping out the sides of the frog. As with any medical condition in horses, an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure. It’s much better to prevent thrush than to treat it. An Upcountry Maui veterinarian offers some ways to do that in this article.

Keep Silver’s Areas Dry

Wet, muddy conditions go hand in hand, or, in this case, hand in hoof, with thrush. Make sure your horse’s stall and paddock are clean and dry. Keep up with mucking.


Horses need exercise just as people do. This is important for several reasons, aside from simple fitness. In the wild, horses are always on the move. Even when they are grazing, they rarely stand still for long. Their hooves have adapted to that continuous motion. Because your horse’s hooves expand and contract when they are moving. That naturally helps improve circulation to the hoof, and also expels dirt and muck.

Hoof Care

It’s standard practice to pick out Silver’s hooves before and after riding him. However, this really should be done daily, even when he’s turned out or just hanging out in his stall. Removing foreign objects like stones and nails will help prevent wounds, abscesses, and infections. You’ll also need to make an emergency call if your equine pal starts limping or favoring one or more hooves.

Schedule Regular Farrier Visits

Your farrier may very well be worth his or her weight in gold when it comes to maintaining good hoof health. Trimming back overgrown frogs and ensuring that Silver’s hooves are even and healthy is crucial to your equine pal’s hoof health.

Choose The Right Bedding

Some types of bedding are more acidic than others. Shavings from coniferous trees, such as pine, can sometimes change the PH of the ground it’s laid on, which can spell big trouble.

Proper Turnout

Horses really aren’t meant to just stand around all day. Make sure that Silver is getting adequate turnout time!

Good Diet

Silver’s diet affects every organ and system in his body … including his hooves. Consult your vet regularly, and ask for specific recommendations.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Please contact us, your Upcountry Maui animal hospital, anytime.

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