It is one of the most common equine diseases of the hoof - thrush. But what exactly is behind it?
- Middle beam furrow is infected
- Bacteria go on the side beam furrens over
- Decomposition of the beam proceeds
- Greater substance that is extremely stinking is formed
What are the symptoms of thrush in horses?
- Dark foul-smelling secretion in the beam furrens
- deeper furrows than usual
- Beam acts softly
- Large shares of the horn are loose and need to be removed
- More often the hind legs are affected
- Maybe even the hoof leather skin is free, the horse then shows clear pain and can say this by lame also
- Rings on the horn wall - these form as the reaction of the hoof to inflammation
- Constantly wet litter in the boxes or hours standing on mudpaddocks
- Mattress attitude in the box (excellent habitat for bacteria)
- little movement (this is the hoof worse blood and the nutrient supply is not guaranteed)
- negligent hoof care
- false hoof fitting or wrong editing
- bad horn
- Anatomically modified hoof z. B. forced
How is thrush treated?
The duration of the treatment depends mainly on the extent of the thrush but also on the growth of the affected horn. Even with consistent therapy, it can take several weeks until complete healing is achieved.
In the case of mild thrush or thrush discovered at an early stage, the owner can usually treat it himself. If there is no improvement, however, a veterinarian should be consulted in any case.
Thrush - prevention is better than cure!
This is how you can prevent thrush in horses:
- Regular hoof care through a hoofry
- Avoid narrow costumes
- Keep mattes and pairing
- Thoroughly remove the wet one day
- Enough fresh dry litter (possibly a layer chips under straw take the liquid better on)
- Thoroughly scratch hooves daily
- Strengthening the immune system