I had my camera running as I cleaned Mr. “I ain’t gunna and you can’t make me” Barney’s hooves. I thought it might be good to show the process. The camera work is not all that great since it’s just a GoPro on a chest mount but, You’ll get the idea.
The objective here is to get rid of anything stuck in the hoof, around the frog, that might cause a problem. This is usually just horse poop but, rocks can get stuck in there too and cause bruising to the hoof.
While I was cleaning, I could smell some thrush. It smells like bad athlete’s foot. That is pretty much what it is too, the horse version of athlete’s foot! A fungal infection of the hoof. If left untreated, it can eat into the sole and frog of the hoof badly.
Treatment for thrush is pretty simple. There are a lot of expensive commercial treatments on the market that work well but, when you catch it early, the most highly recommended treatment is simply household bleach. It’s what every farrier I have talked to suggests and does not damage your horse’s hooves. I just put some in a spray bottle and, after cleaning the hooves, spritz it on!
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