From HK at No Thrush:
No Thrush has been independently studied and reviewed by authors of The Healthy Frog article in THE HORSE’S HOOF magazine. Below is the photo-documentation, and below that is a segment of the article. Thanks to the HORSE’S HOOF, Heike Bean, and Josephine Trott, PhD U.C. Davis
No Thrush independent study Via the Horse’s Hoof
Josephine Trott, PhD, Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, has been experimenting with and documenting her treatment procedure which included several different agents, amongst others, No Thrush and Oxine AH.
After a frustrating, expensive and time consuming battle using nearly every product imaginable, she tried No Thrush. “I started an experiment on eight hooves, comparing daily dusting with No Thrush to daily soaking in Oxine AH or a combination of the two. Three weeks later, the No Thrush treated frogs were not sensitive anymore, the heel bulbs were much firmer, the depth of the central sulcus was 50% shallower and the frog tissue was overall much firmer with no significant areas of surface thrush/cheesy frog. By comparison, the two Oxine AH soaked frogs were still sensitive to pressure, still had deep central sulci and significant surface thrush.”
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 !!!