My OTTB, Freedom, had a massive abscess blow out his heel a few weeks ago. While he's sound on it, the exit hole has left a crack in his heel that extends up to his coronary band! To stabilize the hoof capsule, my farrier put on a bar shoe, but she also recommended packing the area with "Sugardine", a combination of 10% povidone iodine, or Betadine, and sugar.
Freedom has developed some thrush this summer after standing in his stall during the hot weather. I've started using Sugardine again and thought it was worth re-posting this. Sugardine is a simple, inexpensive and very effective treatment using products that you probably already have at hand. You can also use Sore No More "the Sauce" instead of Betadyne.