Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thrush is making our horse Zip lame! Rural Thursday

I've had horses my whole life, and I've had them get thrush before, but never anything like this.  However, weeks of daily rains, wet grass, and muddy corners of pasture have done a number on Zip's hooves.  I got him out to lunge him recently and noticed he was slightly lame.  Two days later, slightly lame again.  I looked him over well and the only thing I could find was a slight crack in the heel of his hoof.  So a few days later, when the vet was out to administer rabies shots, I asked if that could be the cause of his lameness.

He said, "Hmmm, could be.  Looks like thrush.  Let me trim this up with a hoof knife and take a better look."  He trimmed it, which made the crack more visible, and then lo and behold stuck his finger in the crack about an inch and a half deep!  Shudder!  The vet said, "Yup, that's definitely the problem!"

So what did the vet give me for Zip?  A treatment for cows, of course.  He said this Bovine Foot and Heel Spray worked better than any of the horse treatments.  For $38 I should hope so. 
It's a gel, so it sticks in place.  Zip doesn't like it - I think it must sting a little.  Sadly, the rain has kept him from healing very much, but I'm hoping his thrush will dry out soon so he can feel better and I can get out riding! 

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48 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

Tough weather, we have had the opposite for a bit.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We hope ZIP's hooves gets to feeling better soon. When we had horses and donkeys- the rain caused rot and thrush too. Sometimes we felt like it was never ending.
love
tweedles

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Poor Zip! I hope the thrush clears up soon. I've always loved horses, but my father wouldn't let me have one when I was growing up. We had a farm, but we had a lot of beef cattle (Black Angus), and he thought having a horse would be too much trouble. :-(

Mary said...

I hope your spray works well.

Ginny said...

Oh my goodness, I guess I know nothing about thrush. I know what it looks like when humans get it in their mouth. But I never thought it had big cuts like this! It looks like he was cut with a knife, and must be really painful.

Meggie said...

Hello...I've had horses before, and I understand how important it is to keep the hooves healthy. I found a website called "HealthyHoof.com that you might find interesting. There is a section on thrush. Good luck with your horse!

Barbara said...

Poor Zip. I hope he starts feeling better soon.

heyBJK said...

I've dealt with thrush before and it's no fun, especially for the horses. I hope Zip heals quickly!

Nancy said...

I'm so sorry about Zip, Lisa -- I always hate seeing animals suffer like this. I hope your weather dries up enough for him to heal.

andy said...

That doesnt look good! Hope it clears up! Have a good day

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Ouch! While a bit of rain is good, I hope it dries up enough so his hooves can dry out and heal.

You'll have to tell us how the bovine thrush treatment works and if it IS better than the standard equine stuff! Hopefully it'll sting less as the thrush clears up.

Jill said...

Poor Zip! That must be so painful. I do hope the new bovine treatment does the trick!

Buttons said...

Oh poor Zip we used to get something called foot rot on the cows and yes it is pretty much the same thing. Yes we used the same spray. It is hard to watch animals suffer, this stuff should work. Hug B

Betty Roan said...

That looks painful! Poor Zip. Hopefully you will be out riding again soon.

My Journey With Candida said...

Awwww... poor thing. I can talk for hours about thrush.
I wonder if grapefruit seed extract would work?

I didn't get a post up for today....

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

Thrush is no fun! I hope he feels better very soon! I hope the bovine works

Tanya said...

oh poor zip!! hope he's feeling zippy again soon!!

J.Rhoades said...

Hope he gets better soon! We'll take some of that rain here if you don't want it!

Amish Stories said...

Never heard of anything like that before, and it looks nasty so i hope that spray helps bring some comfort to your zip! Richard

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh ---poor baby. I'm sure that Zip hurts when walking on that hoof.... Hope the Foot Spray works for him...

We've had lots of rain too, but the dry and HEAT is coming now... May even get up to 90 degrees this weekend. Yuk!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Jill said...

Poor Zip! I always dread seeing something like that. I hope your spray works well. Not fun dealing with hoof issues. I am with you ....wish it would dry out a bit. At least for a few days.

TexWisGirl said...

i can honestly say, i've never had any of my horses with thrush here in texas. now, foundering and colic, yes.

adamselinflannel.com said...

Yowch! That sounds painful! I just love horses. I actually used to have a horse named Zip! He was a Paint / Quarter Horse. Loved him to death. I still want to get another horse down the road, somebody, when we have the property.

Debbie said...

awww lisa, poor zip, that looks painful.

i hope the spay helps, thank goodness for people in the know!!

Leovi said...

I want this to be fully effective remedy and get cured.

Sandy said...

Rarely do we see thrush in Arizona, but when I have we usually just soak in bleach water a couple times a day and it will clear up. Although, his sounds pretty bad.

Valerie said...

Oh Lisa-Zip's poor hoof! It looks like it would be painful! I hope the gel works quickly and he is all better soon:)

Becky Jane said...

Hope Zip heals well and soon. I'm terrified of horses. Grew up with them but they were always so big and so powerful, I just know they were going to trample me. My favorite way to be around horses is on the other side of the fence. There are few things as beautiful as a horse racing through the fields.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Oh I do hope he heals

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Your poor horse! Hopefully the medication helps and he heals soon. That must be a miserable existence. :/

shirley said...

Wow, that sounds painful for Zip. Good to know what Thrush is for a horse (since we're pretty new at this horse ownership thing). I hope he gets to feeling better soon.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Ouch! Poor Zip. Hope he is better soon with the new treatment.

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

Oh wow, Lisa. I hope Zip's thrush is cured soon. Poor thing.

Chatty Crone said...

I hope he gets better soon - that has to be rough having a sore foot! sandie

Candy C. said...

I sure hope that spray helps poor Zip! We have had a running battle with quarter cracks on hubby's horse. Not too much thrush here in AZ...

Jen said...

Oh my, your poor horse!!! By the way, I didn't know you had horses on your farm. Very cool :)

Terri Buster said...

Oohh, that smarts. We've had a lot of trouble with our oldest mare- weight issues. Finally tried rice bran which seemed to do the trick, but she worries me crazy sometimes. Hope the rain stops soon!

Lin said...

Owie. That sounds painful! I hope Zip gets better soon...or starts to wear some boots when he's out in the pasture. :)

Amy Burzese said...

That looks painful for him and you too. I hope he gets well very soon.

Dina Lettre said...

I so love his name...and I pray he's back to 100% very soon. Poor guy!

A Quiet Corner said...

Darn, Baby Girl, if it was that deep, he had to be hurting...hope this gel does the trick...:)JP

Maple Lane said...

So very sorry about Zip and I hope the gel will work soon. Wishing you and your family a nice and safe weekend.

Michaele said...

I didn't even know you had a horse. My bad. Good to know about this stuff. Hopefully you won't need it again. Do the boys ride?

bailey-road.com said...

Hope the gel works quickly and has Zip feeling better soon. It's so hard when our animals are sick or ailing.

Carletta said...

If you could send us some of that rain we really need it. :)
Sorry Zip is a little down. Hope the rains slack off and the gel works soon. Bet Zip would rather the both of you could be enjoying some riding and running with the wind.

Kim said...

Your poor horse. That hoof looks horrible and I hope it heals soon!

Angela said...

I hope Zip gets better soon! That really didn't look good at all.

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

Poor Zip! I hope he's feeling better. Surprisingly, my horse has never had thrush!