Pros: Works extremely well, very little is needed to work, great staying power
Cons: Messy, stains everything, expensive
Before I ever really dealt with thrush on my horses' hooves, other horseback riders were always recommending Thrush Buster. Later, when thrush became a concern since my injured horse was having to stay primarily in a stall with a floor that could get muddy and wet, I immediately went out and bought a bottle of Thrush Buster. I have to say that I was impressed. Its staying power is pretty incredible. This little 2-oz bottle of purple liquid will stain everything and is costly, but it will definitely work on your horse's thrush.
WHAT DOES THRUSH BUSTER CLAIM TO DO?
A thrush treatment so powerful that it lasts for up to eight days without reapplication... even in the wettest, muddiest terrain. Stomps out the thrush on contact. A single application not only relieves the agonizing, crippling effects of thrush, but dramatically reduces the chances of reinfection.
WHAT IS THRUSH BUSTER LIKE?
Thrush Buster is an awesome product. It stays where you put it. Staying power is hard to find in ANY horse product, especially thrush and hoof treatments. (Example: You wrap a bandage on a horse's leg; it's missing or buried in mud the next day!) Thrush Buster is applied to the bottoms of the hooves, where seemingly nothing would stay put. Well, Thrush Buster will indeed stay put, through mud, rain, snow, and riding. And you know it stays by its dark purple color that temporarily stains the bottoms of the hooves. The color stays on for days and days... up to a week or two. Keep in mind, however, that the dark purple color will stain everything... your clothes, your hands, your tack, etc. So be careful when you're using it. I would recommend wearing "barn clothes" and latex gloves if you don't want purple fingers!
I use Thrush Buster not only to treat thrush, but to prevent it. In wet, rainy, muddy weather, I'll use it on my horses' hooves mainly as a preventative. I just pick out the hooves and use a generous amount of Thrush Buster once every 1-2 weeks until the ground dries out.
PRICE, SIZE, and APPEARANCE:
At Country Supply (www.horse.com), a tiny 2-oz bottle of Thrush Buster costs $9.79. At many tack and feed stores, the price can go up to $16. This is not an inexpensive product. I will say, however, that you need much less product than other thrush remedies. A 2-oz bottle will probably last you as long as an 8-oz bottle of other products. The bottle is very small; it fits in the palm of your hand and is easy to lose in your tack room, so be careful! It's a clear bottle that looks dark purple due to what I believe is called the Gentian Violet in the Thrush Buster. The label is yellow and white and says "Thrush Buster" in big, red block letters. The actual product (I'll be honest here) is a messy, purple liquid that will stain everything! As far as I have seen, the 2-oz bottle is the only size available. Thrush Buster can be purchased at most tack and feed stores and websites.
WOULD YOU BUY IT AGAIN?
Yes. It might be expensive and messy, but it works on my horses' thrush and it works quickly.