American Farriers Journal
American Farriers Journal is the “hands-on” magazine for professional farriers, equine veterinarians and horse care product and service buyers.
Treating ongoing bacterial and fungal hoof diseases such as thrush and white line disease present a unique set of challenges for farriers
From daily management practices to unyielding negative environmental factors, much of what happens behind the scenes is outside of the farrier’s control. Thus, determining the proper course of treatment must consider a myriad of factors including cost, duration and frequency of treatment, ingredient safety, owner compliance and the root cause of the problem.
An accurate assessment of these variables allows for the best possible outcome and a potential long-term resolution of the underlying hoof disease, says Esco Buff, PhD, APF-I, CF. In challenging situations, Kawell USA’s copper-alloy horseshoes, inserts and bar stock allow him — and his clients — a welcome peace of mind, knowing that Environmental Protection Agency-approved copper is at work combating bacterial and fungal microbes around the clock, he told attendees of the Kawell How-To Hoof-Care Product Knowledge Clinic at the 20th annual International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A comprehensive treatment approach for bacterial and fungal infections requires trimming the hoof and frog correctly before thoroughly cleaning all affected…