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The Top 5 Hoof Problems: Prevention and Repairs

[1] THRUSH Thrush is a bacterial infection that thrives in wet and/or unsanitary environments and damages the hoof, frog and heel bulbs. It creates voids in the hoof and frog and proliferates, with a wide range of severity. If hooves are not picked out regularly, the likelihood of thrush developing increases. It is commonly found in horses that have upright, narrow feet, feet with deep clefts and on horses with hoof imbalances such as sheared heels. Symptoms: A foul odour from the horse's foot or a greyish, chalky appearance of the sole, are signs that the hoof needs attention. The presence of a black, gooey material (F. Necrophorum bacteria) indicates that infection is rapidly taking over, and deterioration of the hoof has begun. At this point, there can be pain associated with the exposure of sensitive tissue, and risk of internal infection. Note that where separation of the hoof wall…

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