Question: How can thrush be avoided?
Answer: Regular, frequent cleaning helps to remove the damp dirt and manure from the hooves, allows air (oxygen) to get into the affected areas, and helps keep the foot drier.
- Keep the areas your horse stands in clean and dry. Remove manure, soiled bedding and spoiled hay.
- Regular trimming helps overall hoof health. Proper trimming and shoeing helps prevent under-run or contracted heels and deep clefts where it is easier for thrush bacteria to hide.
- Talk to your farrier. He or she can make recommendations and help you develop a strategy to keep your horse’s hooves healthy.