Both my horses started suffering from thrush earlier this fall, and I’ve been struggling to find something that dealt with it effectively. I was using Thrush Buster (the purple stuff), but it wasn’t doing as good of a job as I would’ve liked. I then switched to No Thrush, which is a dry formula. I had read really great reviews on it, so I wanted to give it a try. My horse also was developing some pretty bad heel cracks, so I thought the dry formula would be perfect because it would get in the cracks and stay there.
After a month of using the “No” Thrush, my horse’s feet were AWFUL. I had engaged in daily foot cleaning, and daily application of the No Thrush, and his feet were not healing. In fact, they were worse. My barn manager and I discovered that both of his frogs were falling off both of his front feet, and underneath was a coating of nasty, black thrush bacteria. Not the result I expected from a product advertised as getting rid of thrush, and it certainly was not living up to its review reputation.
After this, I was desperate, especially because my horse was coming up a bit short strided on the one foot that had the worst frog peeling. I scrubbed his feet out with betadine in hopes of getting rid of the bacteria until I could find a more effective thrush medication. It was after store hours, so I couldn’t really go anywhere to pick up something new.
One of my good barn friends had been using Farrier’s Fix on her horse who had deep heel cracks. She had experienced a lot of benefit from the product, so I decided to invest in a container of it to see if it would help my horse with his feet problems. After a week of applying this daily, my horse’s feet were looking a lot better. The thrush had not come back. His frog was beginning to heal a bit, and the heel cracks he had were starting to close up. My barn manager also commented on how great his feet looked. I’ve gone down to using it about 2 to 3 times a week, as recommended, but it is gentle enough to be used daily if needed. I also use it on my pony’s feet to prevent thrush, as his frogs have been getting some cracks due to all the moisture in the soil lately.
Farrier’s Fix has a lot of other benefits besides sealing the feet and preventing/treating thrush. It also minimizes soreness in horses and ponies that have been recently trimmed or have stone bruises, as well as minimizes the soreness associated with laminitis. It is easy to apply and comes with its own brush. The ingredients are also all-natural and provide the vitamins needed for good quality hooves.
A small hoof oil sized container retails for about $20, and a half gallon retails for about $60, depending on the vendor.
Overall, I’ve been happy with the product, and I will continue to use it to keep my horses’ feet health, moisturized, and bacteria-free!
Happy hoof picking!