I am wondering if anyone has experience dealing with hoof fungus. This started as deep crevases in my gelding's heels(below coronet band). I have been dealing with his contracted hooves for some time, and they have improved some with a good "barefoot" trimmer, but the fungus hit us, probably somewhat due to this condition, but possibly also due to a tear of his coronet band last summer, due to poor shoeing.
Now it is causing skin to peel off the soft tissue of heel bulbs (between frog and coronet band.) It is red and looks awful. I think it must be uncomfortable. He is landing slightly toe first, I am sure it is due to this, so I am not riding him until this is better.
My horse lives in a large pasture which is now covered with a foot or so of snow. I bring him into the barn each evening and clean his hooves out with a 50/50 lysol/water mix, and let that dry. Then I fill all the holes and cracks with a 50/50 mix of triple antibiotic and 1% chlortrimazole(spelling?). I read about this on Pete Ramey's site on natural hoof care.
I am not feeling too confident about being able to get rid of the fungus witht the constant standing in the snow. The herd he is living with walks around their acreage a lot, despite the snow, so he is getting lots of movement. I really
don't want to have to stall him, though I have the option of using a 12 x 24 matted stall, if I need to.
Does anyone know if the fungus spores survive well in the snow, or if I will be fighting a never ending battle if I don't keep him in a dry stall?
I am going to order some "Clean Trax" to treat him with, it doesn't appear to be available locally.
Any words of wisdom from those of you with experience in this awful condition, would be much appreciated!
For many, many months, my horse has been fussy about having his hooves picked out, despite it being a daily acitivity. Since this fungus has made it's presence well known, I trimmed off all the loose frog tissue, during which my gelding fell asleep! So, this must have been bothering him for longer than it has looked so bad, if that makes any sense!