Farrier suggested Coppertox?

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  1. Lise

    Lise Senior Member+

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    I moved my horse to a different barn for training, and so a new farrier did his hooves yesterday. His feet were overgrown as they got left too long in the barn switch, and I thought this farrier did a wonderful job!!

    However, what I am not sure about is that he said my horses feet were soft and that I should put Coppertox on them to "harden them up". I googled and searched on here, and there seem to be very mixed reviews on this stuff. What does it mean if the sole is soft? Should I use this product or is there something better?
     






  2. sherian

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    Are the horse's feet soft because they are thrushy or is he thin soled? Coppertox is fine as a antifungal/antibiotic. I have suggested to people to paint the white line with coopertox or thrushbuster if the horse is at risk for white line disease. If he has sensitive soles I have had good results with venice turpentine (use it on the thin soled tb types that have had their racing plates pulled and are on turn out only to take the "sting" out for the first few days. I don't think coppertox would have the same affect.
     
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    Durasole or venice turpentine are the best for thin soles. Some people here have complained about the VT, saying it hurt the horses feet. I have not had that problem before, but I am keeping my eyes peeled for it. I use VT before I turnout in the sand or time in his stall so that the sand/shavings stick and creates packing. Durasole I use before I ride or after a bath. Stains your hands purple though and the ground also gets stained if you drip it on there. Much easier to use though. Just pick the hooves and then squirt some on.
     
  5. Lise

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    Thanks, I don't think that there is thrush but it has been muddy lately.... so I suppose anything is possible. I don't think I need to use something like turpentine as he is not sore or anything like that.

    So I guess I am torn between treating for thrush even though I don't think that there actually is to be on the safe side, or just doing nothing for the time being.
     
  6. IIIBarsV

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    It wouldn't hurt to treat for thrush. But Copportox can be quite caustic and messy.

    If you're treating for thrush, hit Shoppers or Safeway or something and buy triple antibiotic and clotrimazole. Mix them together, apply to frog and collateral grooves. I'm not sure if anybody out here carries Virkon... I didn't see it at Wild West in Oakbank, and they look pretty on-the-ball. Virkon is my go-to rinse for treating thrush. Fungus, bacteria, viruses--- bam! Gone. For serious cases of thrush, I'll rinse/flush/scrub with Virkon, then apply the triple antibiotic/clotrimazole mix with a curved-tip syringe (for closed sulcus or hard to reach spots.

    For hoof hardening or moisture control (prevent saturation), venice turpentine/pine tar, or you can order Durasole. Unfortunately nobody's distributing Durasole in Canada yet (that I'm aware of), something I would like to remedy this summer.
     
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    my old timer farrier, the ones that actually SHOE and TRIM for the horse instead of what the fad is. uses coppertox or turpintine for thrush. never had a problem.
     
  8. Royal_Alexia

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    : ) Are we really going to get a Canadian distributor of Durasole here? I bought a bottle from ValleyVet and LOVE IT!

    Lise, many folks at our barn use coppertox successfully to harden the soles of hooves (often caused by wetness). They've also found it helps with flat soles which take more concussion. Both cases, they've seen hardening of the sole.

    My boy had some stone bruising (wet and frozen lumpy ground, flat soles) and I bought a bottle of Durasole. Been using it for 2 weeks now and I GALLOPED Moon down the gravel roads last Saturday. Perfectly sound the next morning. : ) Didn't bat an eye trotting, cantering or galloping on gravel.

    If you ship to the border, it's WORTH IT! : ) Just buy more then one bottle! I'm already kicking myself. : (
     
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    I used Durasole for quite a while, but recently discovered Keratex and I LOVE it. I think it is a super product.
     
  10. Asfaloth

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    There are much better things out there for both treating thrush and for hardening soles than coppertox.

    Been seeing really nice results with No Thrush powder on a horse that has not responded to quite a few other treatments.

    Durasole and Venice Turpentine do a very good job of hardening up soft soles.

    Sometimes it is good for those "old time shoers" to step into the current century and take note of those new "fads". Sometimes they come with some really useful information.
     






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