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Day 93: Thrush

The rain we've been getting has been great for the garden. Not so much for my horses hooves.

Although they have nice, dry shelters bedded with thick shavings (thanks to our neighbors who gave us several tractor-loads for free!) the horses still prefer to hang out in ankle deep mud. It wouldn't bother me so much, aside from the fact that they're filthy dirty, except that they've all come down with a nasty case of thrush.

Thrush is a fungal infection of the hoof. It's common, and not serious, but smelly and basically yucky. So, for the past several days I've been doing a complete scrub down of their feet, and applying a home-made solution to kill the fungus. It's cheap, simple to make, and working quite nicely.

I'd assume it'd work on any fungal infection, like ringworm and athlete's foot too.

All-Natural Thrush Buster
4 cups apple cider vinegar
40 drops tea tree essential oil
20 drops rosemary essential oil
20 drops clove essential oil
15 drops juniper berry essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a bottle. Shake very well before use. I apply this straight to the horses hooves because they're tough. If I were applying it to a dog, or on a human's feet, I'd definitely dilute this with 1 part water and 1 part solution. Don't use on cats or birds.

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