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February 18, 2005

Thrush Cure

KristieJorgensen.jpgThis time of year things seem to always be wet and muddy, and thrush can become a big problem if your mules' and donkeys' hooves are not properly cared for.

Thrush thrives in an environment where air doesn't get much access. If you haven't cleaned your mule or donkey's hooves out for a long time, you fill find that under all the dirt and manure stuck in their hooves there may be very stinky black stuff, especially in the cracks along the frog. This odor and black stuff is caused by thrush.

A few years ago a farrier taught me about a great way to treat thrush. First, get a clean spray bottle. Fill it with one part water to one part 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. The Hydrogen Peroxide can be found in the first aid section of your local grocery store. Put the lid on the spray bottle, and shake a few times to mix well.

Now pick as much dirt out of your mule or donkey's hooves as possible so that they are pretty clean all across the sole, around the frog, and in the cracks between.

Next pick up each hoof one at a time and spray the under side thoroughly with the Peroxide/Water mix. I like to hold the hoof so that the sole is almost upside down and forms a small bowl where I can spray the Peroxide mix. Then I keep holding the hoof in this position for a few seconds to let the Peroxide soak down into the little cracks and crevasses of the hoof before I set it down and let the Peroxide mix drain out.

Treat your donkey or mule's hooves like this once or twice a day for about a week, and it will really clear up the thrush quickly and leave your critters with nice clean hooves.

Once you have eliminated the thrush in your critter's hooves, all you have to do is pick their hooves out regularly and spray their soles with the Peroxide mix as a preventative treatment. I have found this to work very successfully with donkeys I have had.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at February 18, 2005 06:44 AM