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Hi sir. Does clorox bleach serves the best treating a horse suffering from Thrush especially on the hind feet?

Answer
Hello Roberts,

NEVER, NEVER use straight bleach on a horse's body anywhere. One ounce of bleach in a gallon of water is sufficient to do the job. It does not matter if the thrush is on the front or hind hooves. You will get the same result. No one remedy is the best. You should be open to trying a variety of treatments. Sometimes the bleach solution will work and sometimes it wont. The most helpful solution is to remove the horse from the environment that is helping to create the thrush. Good hygiene will go a long way to helping treat and prevent thrush. Get the horse into a dry, relatively manure free pasture and clean his stall at least daily.

Good luck,
Paul  

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Paul Roberson

Expertise

I can answer questions about hoof care, shoeing, trimming, diseases or lameness of the hoof. I can answer questions about horse motion as it relates to normal movement. I cannot answer any questions that require or request a veterinary diagnosis.

Experience

I have been a farrier since 1992. I served three terms as president of the local farriers association. I have conducted research into equine biomechanics.I have been an invited speaker as a subject matter expert in hoof care at youth and adult horse extension programs through the University of Tennessee. I have guest lectured horse courses at the University of Tennessee. I have presented scientific papers on equine biomechanics to the Equine Science Society, the American Society of Animal Scientists Southern Section and the United States Department of Agriculture. I have been an invited speaker at multiple horse industry associations as a subject matter expert on equine biomechanics of the Tennesseee Walking Horse.

Publications
American Farriers Journal, Voice Magaazine, Journal of Animal Science

Education/Credentials
Kentucky Horseshoeing School; Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, University of Tennessee; Master of Science in Animal Science, University of Tennessee

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