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DANGER…A HEEL CRACK is a WARNING SIGN – Thrush Alert!

DANGER…A HEEL CRACK is a WARNING SIGN – Thrush Alert!

DANGER…A HEEL CRACK is a WARNING SIGN – Thrush Alert!

Hi, I’m Heath Kizzier, VP of Four Oaks Farm Sport Horse Rehabilitation and Reconditioning Centre, and Four Oaks Products. The cover photo above is the same horse Before / after treatment with No Thrush Powder  The dimple in the heel on the right is what we want. Let’s look at another before / after example below. These were provided by Josephine Trott, PhD UC Davis during a clinical trial of No Thrush powder, [Published in the Horse’s Hoof Magazine, Issue 41- Winter Issue 2010]

NO THRUSH Powder Photo Journal – 37 Days Total

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Below we will discuss how to fix this, but first, let’s discuss what a heel crack (Sulcus Crack) is:

A “heel crack” (an opening into the sulcus) is the number one warning sign of thrush. These cracks are not natural. In fact, they are wounds created by bacteria as it seeks a way to get inside the foot. The tissue between the heel bulbs is soft and pliable, so the bacterium burrows in and creates a breeding ground. This breeding ground is warm and moist inside, so until we completely eliminate the crack, we should expect a thrush invasion at least 3-4 times per year.

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Normally people only treat for thrush when they see and smell the “black goo.” But with sulcus thrush (thrush inside the crack) you can’t see or smell the goo – so you literally don’t know it’s in there.  Often, though, what you do know is that your horse is mysteriously going “off” several times a year. Perhaps you start treating muscles, hocks, and stifles, but the horse is just…well…. off!

In the case of sulcus thrush, the horse is Off because his heel is infected and he is walking with a toe-first landing. He can’t land on his heel. If he is a barrel horse or jumper, (or any sport horse), he absolutely can not perform at his best because he can’t properly plant his foot in the sand.

The result of toe-first landing???

That barrel horse will take wide crow-hopping turns, ruining your time. The racing thoroughbred must shorten his stride to avoid the pain (not good in a race!).  The worst scenario is for jumpers and eventers.  Every time that horse takes a jump he will take extreme impact on an improperly angled foot. That is guaranteed to cause soft tissue damage in his legs. At our Rehabilitation Centre we’ve seen dozens of incredible Jumpers lose their career due to this.

Click Here to read a True Story on how thrush can easily destroy a career. 

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The Good News:

There is a solution. We can help regrow the heel back to its healthy (closed) state with NO THRUSH Powder. 

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Before we start the “product Talk,” let’s discuss exactly what occurs inside the Heel Crack

WHY ARE HEEL CRACKS THE PRIME CAUSE OF RECURRING THRUSH?

Simple answer… Because when we horse owners no longer see the black goo we stop treating. We think we have beaten back the thrush and we move on to other things.  But the truth is, that was a temporary fix because tomorrow a whole new host of bacteria will find its way back in there. There is no way around it. Then, when moisture is introduced via rain, urine, or even water bucket slop-over, thrush has everything it needs to restart the infection process.

WARNING:  If you have been using a liquid thrush product, whether you buy it or make it yourself (ie: Bleach) be sure to research the ingredients. If it is caustic, do not use it on sulcus thrush. The term “Caustic” means that the PH level is excessively high or low. If it is caustic it will, of course, kill bacteria – however, it also damages live tissue. EX: Bleach, even a 10% solution, absolutely destroys open tissue.

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HOW DO WE TREAT AND REGROW THE HEEL CRACK?

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This is Sulcus Thrush

Now we are going to discuss how to use NO THRUSH ® Powder to solve this problem and get from point A – to – Z.

STEP 1.

Clean the foot with your pick. If the footing is damp, use a rag to wipe off any excess moisture. Puff the powder into the clefts, around the shoe, and then brush it in with your hoof brush. MOST IMPORTANT: Puff plenty of powder into the heel crack. Don’t be shy. Use your hoof pick to wiggle and manipulate the powder all the way inside. Your horse might be sore from the infection. If so, be as aggressive as he will let you. Over the course of a few days, the lameness will lessen as the product dries up the sulcus tissue and you can get more firm with your application.

In normal circumstances, it will take 3-5 days to kill all the thrush bacteria. (No more black goo or smell.) See the photos below to see a terrible case of Sulcus thrush

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DAY 1:  All this thrush is internal. This is the worst because you can’t actually see the black goo. The actual frog and sole look fine. The thrush lurks below!

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DAY 1:  Dusting with NO THRUSH Powder. Note how the powder is wicking up the moisture inside the sulcus? It works that fast.

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DAY 4: This is great progress. The crack is closing and the heel tissue is reconnecting properly. Also, his heels are much, much firmer. He is no longer lame. NOW ON TO STEP 2!

Step 2.

No! We are not finished.  We have killed the thrush – but now we need to get the heel closed up and “healed.” If you stop now, a new troupe of bacteria will jump right back inside the crack.

Fortunately, step two is simple. Just keep dusting. Dust the frog and clefts and get the powder into the sulcus crack.  Dust 3-4 times a week until the crack heals over. With a typical case, this should take 20-50 days, depending on how deep the crack was. One note on this… If you have been previously using a caustic thrush product, it will have damaged the internal tissue. This means that it will likely take a bit longer to get from A-to-Z because it takes time for that tissue to recover and become viable again.  Just be a bit patient. After working with thousands of thrush cases I have never seen a sulcus crack not regrow properly.  NO THRUSH® will also help the clefts regrow.  A horse prone to thrush will almost always have collateral grooves that are too deep around the frog. Be sure to always dust the clefts as well as the heels. NT will help the cleft regrowth.

Step 3

PREVENTION:

Thrush is not “curable.” Once a horse has thrush, he is susceptible. When we look around our barn, it’s obvious: Some horses get it, some don’t.  So once we have eliminated the active thrush and repaired the heel crack, it is good practice to continue using NO THRUSH® on a regular basis (We recommend 3-4 times per month). The powder will keep your horse’s feet healthy and firm, and thrush-free.

SOME FINAL WORDS:

Once we come to recognize the patterns of thrush and frog disease and understand how the heel crack plays a crucial role, we will catch the warning signs far in advance. We will readily notice gait changes and temperament changes. In short, we will become proactive instead of reactive. This proactive attitude will save time and money. A year’s worth of maintenance is far less expensive than one call to the vet.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this was helpful. If you are struggling with a case of thrush and have questions, we can help. Call us.  I’m pretty sure we can help. With over 70 horses at our Sport Horse Rehabilitation and Reconditioning Centre, I’m pretty sure we have seen it all.

Cheers

Heath Kizzier  

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This gives new meaning to the term “Unicorn”

This gives new meaning to the term “Unicorn”

This is a real photo. What is it, you ask? Well, we had to do a lot of investigation, asking a dozen vets, and only when we went to the most seasoned farriers did we find someone who had seen it before.
This is what we came up with:
Prior to this picture, this horse had suffered from significant canker. That issue was eventually controlled, and the “normal” canker tissue growth was no longer present in the sulcus. (NOTE: Canker tissue looks like goopy cottage cheese and ultimately overtakes the sulcus and clefts. )
We believe, however, that the abnormal (excessive) keratin production found a new path. Instead of growing under the horn and bottom of the foot, in the anaerobic environment canker prefers, it funneled the tissue grow out the back of the sulcus. The result is fascinating.
This horse was sound and the “horn” did not cause any pain. The horn was firm and substantial. Every 6-8 weeks it needed to be cut off, only to start growing right back again.
This mystery is only marginally solved, so we’d love to hear from you if you have encountered something similar!
PS: Sorry if we ruined your concept of a Unicorn 🦄🦄🦄🦄
Testimonial Monday!

Testimonial Monday!

Today we visit www.ValleyVet.com

Here we have cut/pasted just a few of the wonderful No Thrush reviews at www.ValleyVet.com.

 

Great product!!
April 19, 2021 by CONNIE B.
“I have used this product for years now. My horses frog and central sulcus looks great!”

December 27, 2020 by JL (United States)
“Works well on “scratches” leg fungus too.”

Great product!
May 19, 2020 by Karen L. (WA, United States)
“This is my go-to product for my horse who tends to get thrush in our wet Washington environment. The powder makes it easy to push up into all the crevices and it works better than any other product I’ve used.”

A Better & Faster Way to Beat Thrush!
March 10, 2020 by NONA J. (GA, United States)
“Works so much faster than liquid Thrush Buster. It dries the Hoof, Frog & Bulb through desiccation. Thrush is a anaerobic microbe that thrives in wet, non-oxygenated environments. Dry oxygenated environments kill Thrush.”

Highly recommend!!
March 23, 2019 by Jan
“A great, more natural product!! Helped horse heal from scratches in less than one week and hot spots on a friends dog!!”

Will never be without this
January 27, 2018 by Kaykaypee
“I purchased a horse with some of the worst sulcus thrush I have ever seen. Look at the examples on he products website – his feet looked like that. My results were just like the pictures too. You must use as directed and you should have the same results.”

October 2, 2017 by VICKI (CA, United States)
“Quickly knock out thrush in deep crevices.”

Verified Buyer
“Great buy”
February 9, 2017 by MYRA K. (KY, United States)
“This is easier to use than the liquid thrush products.”

Verified Buyer
“Great buy”
October 3, 2016 by LISA M. (IN, United States)
“The only product to successfully resolve deep thrush.”

By far, the best for thrush!
August 10, 2016 by Nemo

“My Irish Hunter has suffered from chronic thrush for the past couple of years. I’d use a product (pick almost ANY liquid, I used it), and none completely got rid of the thrush or improved the health of his hooves. He had chronic sore feet when I rode him.

On Easter, my horse underwent colic surgery. It was touch and go for 10-days at New Bolton (they did a superlative job), and once he was home again, he had to have stall rest for two months. As clean as I tried to keep his stall, I knew I’d be dealing with horrible thrush. His feet were quite stinky. I first tried a gel product that was well regarded. Worthless. Then I found No Thrush and read up on it. I liked the concept of a dry treatment that would not only treat the condition, but also deal with the cause — moisture trapped within the hoof and frog crevasses. Because of the severity, I treated him nearly every day for two weeks. I could immediately see the difference.

At three weeks, my farrier came to pull his shoes and trim. He immediately remarked how much better the feet looked and how much healthier they seemed. Months later, with regular use, two of the four frogs are completely healed — no cracks — and the other two cracked frogs are almost completely healed. One has been a little more stubborn than the others, but it’s coming along with no sign of thrush.

The best part: I just rode Romeo for the first time since surgery, yesterday. He was like a different horse. Walked out on the gravel farm road, no hesitation, no dead-dog lame gait. I feel he was saved, not only from his extremely serious colic surgery but from years long, chronic thrush that never seemed to abate. BUY THIS PRODUCT. You won’t be disappointed.”


July 24, 2016 by Caillou
“Having used ALL thrush products, including the soaking products, this is the most effective thrush product I have used. It’s the easiest for application too! Also, what I love about this, is the new growth is HEALTHY that attests to the healthy bacterial balance in the hoof still remains:)”

May 6, 2016 by Kaylyn W.
“Easy to apply and working well on my geldings heel cracks”

Love that it’s dry!
January 21, 2016 by Trappersfriend
“I have been using this product for over a year and it’s the only product I found that truly gets rid of thrush overnight. It is amazing!”

Love this stuff!
December 16, 2015 by KDW22
“Dry thrush treatment makes so much sense! This works really well and quickly. Doesn’t take much so the bottle lasts a while. This is also amazing for rain rot, although treating a larger patch of rain rot will use up the bottle fairly quickly.”
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NO THRUSH Pro Tip – “Shedding Frog”

NO THRUSH Pro Tip – “Shedding Frog”

No Thrush – PRO TIP – July 2015… “**Shedding Frog**” We received a private message from a woman whose horse was shedding its frog. The answer is valuable, so we thought we’d share to all….

While frog shedding is normal, if you have never experienced it, it can look scary. In fact, sometimes the entire V of the frog will shed at once, which really looks daunting.

Usually thrush is the procuring cause of the shedding.

Here is why: Thrush wants to invade and live deep inside the heel tissue, and of course you can’t see it or smell it because it is so deep. [This is why we preach so hard about eliminating the heel cracks and deep collateral grooves. These are bacteria access points.]  — Anyway, when the thrush has run it course deep inside, this action can undermine the frog.

However, when active thrush is present, the frog tissue will literally hang on for dear-life. The body does not want to allow it to shed because it is the only protection for the soft, tender, and vulnerable tissue underneath. ….

So here is the No Thrush “tip.” —- If you see the frog begin to shed [ perhaps an edge, or even a big section looks to be dislodging and “flappy” under your hoof pick] get aggressive with your No Thrush dustings. Once per day is best. The powder will draw out the deep bacteria and breeding ground and take care of the “thrush” problem. If the thrush was severe, and the frog has been undermined, the rest of the frog may fully shed away. This is a good sign. This is the body’s way of breathing a sigh of relief. It no longer needs to fight the thrush, so the body allows the necrotic/dead tissue to fall away.

But you are not quite done…. Keep using your NT every few days. This will help firm up that new tender tissue and allow it to regrow properly. No Thrush is not caustic, so it will not inhibit natural grow…. As the new frog continues to grow you can slowly back off. The A-to-Z timing will be based on the speed of your horse’s natural growth rate. [usually 20-50 days]  No Thrush is not “making” the tissue grow, it is “allowing” it to grow. Meanwhile the powder is protecting the new/tender tissue from being invaded by a whole new round of thrush.

Hope you found this helpful. Learn more about those heel cracks at www.nothrushshop.com

DUST ON! powdered wound dressing – part of the NO THRUSH line.

DUST ON! powdered wound dressing – part of the NO THRUSH line.

Dust On! is an All-Natural, All-In-One powdered wound dressing.  The best explanation of the product is: Dust On! is a powdered, breathable Band Aid.

Right now, you are probably using cream, sprays to deal with wounds. Therefore you have two options:Master movable DUST ON 11-25-2014

1. You put on a cream and DON’T wrap it. In this case the wound/cream now collects all of the dirt, dust, and debris of the surroundings. This option requires that you wash the wound daily. It is very work-intensive.
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2. You use a cream/spray and DO wrap the wound. Well, we all know that when you remove a wrapping, it is more often than not smelly and infected. Now you must deal with the wound AND the infection. This is also work-intensive, as the wrapping/bandaging must be changed every day.

With DUST On! you wash the wound on day #1 to remove the collected debris, allow the area to dry, and then you puff the powder onto the wound. That’s it. Do this 1-2 times per day, which will create a super strong “Breatwebsite header 3hable” scab. The word “breathable” is the key. The powder allows air to penetrate, while also forming a protective  (and natural) scab barrier. One the scab is firm, simply puff DUST ON onto the wound area once per day until the scab falls off on its own. When this occurs you will find the wound gone.

Finally, DUST ON! is called “All-In-ONE” Because it is also a blood-stopper, it protects attacking, drawing, and absorbing bacteria and infection, it allows the body to heal naturally without caustic chemicals , and it creates a protective barrier against the elements.

For more info, log onto http://www.nothrushshop.com/dust_on.html