Horse Hoof Thrush Remedy
and General-purpose Anti fungal, Antibacterial Liquid Yield: 4 ounces
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Palmarosa Essential Oil
Fill a 4-ounce heavy plastic or glass container nearly full of distilled water, then add 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract, 30 drops of tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils and 60 drops of palmarosa essential oil. Top off with distilled water as needed.
This is a variation on a recipe suggested years ago in Horse Journal, which had studied the efficacy of grapefruit seed extract as a thrush treatment and found it outperformed the commercial treatments (and didn’t turn your hands green!). Tea tree oil is said to have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, while eucalyptus is said to be effective against anaerobic bacteria, so I include it especially for horses that may have some version of “white line” disease.
I have used this mixture for years and found it effective, though it can take 3-4 treatments to accomplish what I used to get done in one treatment of my former chemical product of choice, dilute bleach. One benefit of the natural treatment is it doesn’t seem to dry out the entire hoof the way some products can. Be sure to test on a small area, though, for potential sensitivity.
Hint: I find this very easy to apply with a squirt bottle with a narrow spout, like the old-fashioned diner ketchup and mustard bottles. Find all kinds of containers online.
Recipe from: http://www.deserthorseinc.com/recipes.htm