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Thrush and the Importance of Hoof Management

Hoof with Thrush

Thrush is often associated with wet and muddy conditions. When conditions are wet and muddy it can be difficult to properly clean out debris around the frog on a regular basis. The rapidly accumulating debris blocks oxygen to the hoof. Thrush results from the invasion of anaerobic microbes that thrive in environments absent of oxygen. If the hoof is not routinely picked and cleaned, oxygen is sealed away from the tissues around the frog thereby providing the anaerobic bacteria with the perfect environment to thrive.

Thrush can be mild or can progress quickly to a severe case. In the more severe cases, the bacteria have penetrated and infected the sensitive tissues of the hoof. The horse often becomes foot-sore and lame. Mild cases of Thrush can usually be managed with regular cleaning and applications of Life Data® Hoof Clay. The more severe cases may require additional assistance from a farrier or veterinarian.

We need to be mindful of the products we choose to treat Thrush. Many horse owners will turn to home remedies, but there are several of these you should avoid. Products containing formalin (formaldehyde), copper sulfate, pine tar, iodine crystals, and solvents such as acetone and turpentine are caustic and can chemically burn and damage healthy hoof tissue. If the horse has a severe case of Thrush where sensitive tissue has been affected, the caustic chemicals may cause discomfort. The horse often learns the treatment is painful and may refuse to allow lifting of the foot for treatment. Petroleum based and greasy products which block oxygen should also be avoided.

To maintain hoof quality, we recommend Life Data® Hoof Clay and a regular routine of trimming, cleaning, and maintaining hooves.

So, why do we recommend Life Data® Hoof Clay?

1. Non-Caustic

Life Data® Hoof Clay is a mild and non-caustic product. Life Data® Hoof Clay does not contain any chemicals that will burn or harm sensitive or live tissue. In fact, Life Data® Hoof Clay is so mild that the horse owner can apply it with their bare hands.

2. Ease of Use

Life Data® Hoof Clay is easy to use and easy to apply. No special tools are required. The texture of the product is pliable, making the product easy to remove from the container for a smooth and even application.

3. Sticks to the Surface of the Hoof

Regardless if it is the sole of the hoof or the hoof wall, Life Data® Hoof Clay is designed to stay in place. By sticking and staying in place, the product can deliver its unique blend of ingredients to the problem areas and protect from outside foreign material.

4. Stays in Place

Due to its sticky nature, Life Data® Hoof Clay will stay in place for several days. Even after three or four days, the residual Hoof Clay will remain effective. Life Data® Hoof Clay will derive the best results and last longest when used on a hoof that has been cleaned and thoroughly dried prior to application. It is also recommended that the horse is kept in a dry area for thirty minutes before returning to a wet pasture. Farrier’s Finish® can also be applied on top of the Life Data® Hoof Clay to help repel water and assist in protecting the hoof.

5. Economical

Many products that claim to help hoof quality also come with a higher price tag. Life Data® Hoof Clay is economical. Especially when looking at the price compared to how long it lasts. A 283 gram jar can last a horse owner several weeks depending on how often and how much of the product is used.

6. Effective Active Ingredients

Life Data® Hoof Clay contains tea tree oil, tamed iodine, and yucca. These ingredients are highly effective in protecting the hoof and maintaining healthy hooves.

7. A Great Team Player

Life Data® Hoof Clay can be safely used in combination with Farrier’s Finish® and Farrier’s Formula®. Using Life Data® Hoof Clay and Farrier’s Finish® together is a great combination in protecting the outside hoof from environmental factors. Feeding Farrier’s Formula® helps improve the internal health and quality of the hoof. By using all three together, you are essentially providing the necessary nutrition and protection needed to develop the best possible hoof for your horse.

Hoof Clay Application on thrush

It is always important to consult with your farrier and veterinarian before treating any kind of hoof related issue. If you have any questions regarding Thrush or Life Data® products, feel free to contact us at +1 256 370 7555. You may also visit our website to learn more about Life Data® Hoof Clay.

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