This is the first ever “official” testimonial for No Thrush – Circa 2010. I have to admit, this is pretty impressive!]
“I first witnessed the power of No Thrush while treating an A.O. Jumper who was suffering from months of severe thrush. In a matter of days after using No Thrush, the thrush was gone. We have continued on a No Thrush maintenance program, with no relapses, and the horse is now being re-conditioned to competitive show levels. Impressive product. Well Done”. Geoff Vernon, DVM, International Team Veterinarian –
- Rider Credit: Elizabeth Dickinson. Champion High AO Jumpers – The Oaks, CA 08/2007 – Showpark, CA 08/2008
This is one of the first high-profile horses that NO THRUSH Powder helped get back into the Arena after a devastating case of sulcus thrush. In fact, this was the first, official No_Thrush_Powder testimonial.
Wow… that seems like a long time ago! At that time we only sold NT in a few California stores and at our brand new online store. Since then No Thrush is now sold in 30+ countries around the world under the international Label “NT DRY.” Of course, NT Dry and No Thrush are the same product, and both are made right here in Southern California.
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IMPORTANT NOTE about our company: All of our products are made at our Four Oaks Farm Sport Horse Rehabilitation and Reconditioning Centre here in Simi Valley CA. When owner/creator, Kathleen Busfield finds a problem that she can’t fix using existing products, she goes to the drawing board and literally starts from scratch. After developing, testing and ultimately improving the health of the horse in question, the new product is then used and tested for years (on hundreds of horses) before Kathleen will allow the product to be sold in stores. Rest assured that Four Oaks Products will do exactly what we claim they will do.
We’ve had several recent questions about how best to use NO THRUSH on Scratches (greasy heel) so I thought I’d define the best treatment protocols here.
1. Do NOT wash the leg.
2. Do NOT scrub off the scabs. Simply leave it alone.
3. Dust No Thrush on to the affected area. Use a soft brush to help coat the entire area, and also try to brush against the grain so dust gets under the coat.
4. Apply once per day. (and re-apply after any bathing, etc.)A few notes.
* If you must wash the horse, or if he/she is wet from the elements, try your best not to get the scabs soggy. Gently dry the leg with a towel until fully dry.
* We have had some clients using various ointments and washes, etc in conjunction with No Thrush, but eventually they had the best success by following the above treatment plan. The general rule of thumb is: The less you mess, the better.
*Treatment time varies, but the typical case of scratches takes 5-7 days when using No Thrush.
Hope that helps!
V.P. Four Oaks Farm Products
No Thrush – First Ever DRY Formula
Hoping for your input…..
My partner, K. Busfield – creator of NO THRUSH – Dry also owns an extensive Equine Rehabilitation Center here in Southern California. She is discovering that well over 95% of the working horses that arrive at her facility due to Soft Tissue Damage (cartilage, tendons, etc), also have moderate-to-severe thrush when they walk in the door. She also notes that in most cases the rehab recovery takes a shorter period if the thrush is properly treated first. Right now we’re looking for anecdotal evidence on a larger scale. Down the line we may push this issue up to an official Vet-university program to scientifically get to the bottom of this.
So for now however, here is what I ask…. For those of you dealing with mystery lameness, suspensory, bowed tendons, strained ligaments, shoulder issues, even neck and back issues… – will you check your horses’ feet to see if you can also find thrush? Often the feet will look dry and healthy, but thrush will most often hide in the Sulcus near the heel bulbs. If there is a crack that seems to go quite deep, you might push on the frog and sulcus just below the heel bulbs. If it’s softer than normal, (might even be…squishy) or if the horse reacts/jerks away from a normal hoof-picking in the Central Sulcus, odds are – that’s thrush.
It is our belief that these soft tissue injuries can often be avoided if the thrush is diagnosed and treated before the horse self-protectively changes his gait. (usually to a toe-first walking style to avoid pain in the heels.)
This is the progression of our hypothesis.
0. thrush sets in (usually hidden in the sulcus)
1. The thrush creates tenderness. (but not yet noticeable as “lameness”)
2. The tenderness creates an unbalanced stride.
3. The unbalanced stride creates excessive stress on the soft tissue.
4. Soft tissue damage/breaks occur.
The Central Question: If a horse stumbles and injurers himself – what are the odds that he stumbled because of a tentative step due to thrush soreness, and not because he’s clumsy…..?
(I know that if I limp for a few days, I ALWAYS strain the muscles in my back.)
I would love to hear your personal observations. Of course, the trimmers and farriers out there will have comments on the trim/shoeing work, which certainly plays a part in a balanced stride, but my hope here is to anecdotally determine if there is – or is not – a direct link between thrush and soft tissue damage.
I spotted a banner for your product on thehorse.com.
I had been using a “wet” product called Durasole – obtained through a hoof care professional. She has been trimming my 3 horses for over 5 years, and about 5 months ago (re)taught me to trim myself, and continues to be available for consultation visits.
I began using the Durasole (early – mid June?) on all 3 horses pretty regularly (about 2-3 times a week) when I noticed my younger (11 yo) gelding beginning to seek the firmer, but less rocky/gravelly, ground. My 29 yo has been doing this pretty much since he’s been barefoot (for 10 years now).
I then began the quest to get to the bottom of this thrush business. None of my horses were displaying the ugly gooey messy type of thrush, but the tender frogs made me begin to get serious about treating for it.
Well, it seemed to me that after several weeks of using the Durasole, all three horses now had actual cases of thrush !!! I was thinking maybe it was related to it being such a humid summer here this year, WHEN I SPOTTED YOUR BANNER AD !!!!
Your info all made perfectly logical sense to me.
I saw results with your NO THRUSH within just a few days, and continue to treat as needed. I have tossed away every other conceivable product for thrush, etc., that was occupying space in my cabinets.
I am ordering again so that I don’t ever run out of the NO THRUSH, and so that I can have some on hand to get friends and relatives started with it when the need arises for them.
Thank you for putting this product out there and making it available. It is a pleasure to say that it is one of the few products I have tried in my lifetime that has actually done exactly as promised !!!! Thank you for being there !!!
“I first witnessed the power of No Thrush while treating an A.O. Jumper who was suffering from months of severe thrush. In a matter of days after using No Thrush, the thrush was gone. We have continued on a No Thrush maintenance program, with no relapses, and the horse is now being re-conditioned to competitive show levels. Impressive product. Well Done.
Geoff Vernon, DVM,
International Team Veterinarian
TESTIMONIAL (CLASSIC) From: Brant Phalen, Los Angeles Farrier.
“… I was doing my regular rounds at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center when a Head Groom shouted at me from across the barn , “After all these years, this is the best sh*# you’ve ever given me!” He was waving a bottle of No Thrush.”
“… I have been managing and training a 30 horse barn for 25 years. No matter how well you care for your horses, you have to deal with thrush and scratches. No Thrush ® works on both, and with no worries of harming your horses’ feet and legs. Many thanks.
Michelle Pacyna, Owner/Trainer – Fieldstone Riding Club, Moorpark, CA