I mentioned this product on my previous Farrier’s Fix Hoof Oil review, and I wasn’t too happy with the way it had treated the minor, turned severe, case of thrush in my horse’s hooves.
No Thrush is advertised as one of the best thrush combat products out there. The website has a multitude of positive testimonials, as do other tack shops. One of the things that I thought was good about the product is that it was a dry formula. The No Thrush website asks why one would use a wet formula to treat a wet infection, which made sense to me. I had used some of the “wet” products, like Thrush Buster, that were not working for my horse’s thrush infection. Additionally, he had very deep heel cracks, and I wanted something that I could apply easily and that I knew would sit in my horse’s heels cracks and combat the thrush infection from the inside out. One of the positives about this product is that it has a thin tip that allows you to apply the product with precision. I was able to put it in my horse’s heel cracks and really poof the product in there.
No Thrush is supposed to work within 4 – 7 days. I did not see a difference in my horse’s thrush infection in that amount of time, and I continued to use it for a month. My trainer called me one evening and told me that when she was lunging my horse, he was coming up very short-strided and seemed a bit lame. We checked his feet and found that the frogs on both of his infected feet were completely falling off. Underneath the frog bits was nasty, disgusting black thrush bacteria – the bacteria that No Thrush is supposed to get rid of in 4 – 7 days.
Needless to say, I stopped using No Thrush immediately. I had given it much more time than was advertised, and it obviously had no done its job. Things just got worse! I had been using the No Thrush on his frog, in the areas around the frog, and in the heel cracks, which should’ve been able to combat the nasty bacteria that was making its way under the frog through those cracks. When I had started treating my horse’s thrush, it was not that bad, but I was being proactive and trying to get rid of it as soon as possible. However, my horse’s thrush infection was terrible, his frogs were falling off, and he was borderline lame! I decided to go with a good, thorough Betadine scrub and some Kopertox. I also purchased Farrier’s Fix Hoof Oil to see if it could clear up the thrush and seal the deep heel cracks since No Thrush clearly did nothing.
My horse’s feet are much, much better now that I changed my thrush strategy. No Thrush obviously had good reviews, so I am unsure why it did not work for my horse, even though I followed all the application instructions and gave it more than enough time to work. I don’t think I will be using it – or recommending it – anytime in the near future. Unfortunately, I had bought a new bottle of it when I was still using it because my original bottle had been given to me by my barn manager who said she “didn’t like it,” but that I could “try it” (I insisted because of all the good reviews I had read about the product).
So, don’t waste your time. I’d rather stick with less recent and smelly Kopertox than risk another frog debacle on “No” Thrush.
My horse’s feet are happy, healthy, and healing. He is no longer short-strided or off, thank goodness!
Have you tried No Thrush? What are your thoughts?