January 16 th


Homemade thrush remedy

Share this!  FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

The Horse’s Hoof Magazine ran a series of articles this year on thrush, white line disease and other hoof infections. They are often a combination of bacterial and fungal pathogens. It is said that more than NINETY PERCENT of our horses have infected hooves. This causes structural damage and pain, resulting in altered movement and abnormal hoof growth and wear. Because I am so sensitive to chemicals, I decided to formulate my own hoof spray and it is working very well on several of our rescues which arrived with chronic hoof issues.

First, I keep them trimmed often, removing all diseased horn or frog, but leaving as much frog as possible. I can’t use rubbing alcohol, and I wanted an astringent base, so I went with cheap vodka, which is 40% grain alcohol. I added the following ingredients to a one quart spray bottle, then filled it with the vodka.

1/2 oz. Nutribiotic grapefruit seed extract (liquid)

1/2 oz. tea tree oil

1 oz. oregano oil

1 oz. goldenseal extract

I clean hooves at least 4 times a week, using a hoof pick and wire brush. I then be sure to spray all the areas of possible infection. After several weeks, I am seeing definite improvement.

Tonka a few months into his hoof rehab last summer





Categories : News


  1. Shauna says:

    Just sending out a message to ask for anyone who can to please make a donation to JERAS in any ammount. Cathy could really use all the help she can get taking care of the animals in the sanctuary.

  2. series ly says:

    Very great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wished to mention that I’ve truly loved browsing your weblog posts. In any case I will be subscribing for your feed and I’m hoping you write again very soon!

Leave a Reply

We are a Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization.