So my mare has seedy toe.
I've never seen or dealt with this before... so after suggestions on what to do.
For a while there she was quite sore and seemed almost lame on both front feet (in which she has it). She was really sore following the farrier trim.
I'd never seen it before, so when I called the farrier out for him to check her and trim her jsut said 'oh she has seedy toe' but didn't tell me what to do or anything....
If the mare was presenting lame prior to the trim and your farrier suggested the horse suffers from white line disease (seedy toe), the it is reasonable, presuming no other pathologies, that the infection has reached sensitive tissue and has compromised the laminae connection between the coffin bone and the hoof wall. If severe, treating advanced white line disease is not for the inexperienced.
So I started researching online and as per what I read, I used peroxide, and also the iodine spray thing to kill infection for about a week.
Then A friend of mine made up some bluestone and vasaline mix which she swears by and has used on her race thoroughbreds... so i've started using that and packing her hole twice a day with it. She is no longer limping and seems quite ok though the hole isn't reducing or anything.
Topicals can work well for minor infections but lack efficacy in advanced cases of white line disease. If the infection is advanced, a topical antimicrobial simply cannot reach deep enough into the cavity created by the bacteria.
If she isn't lame because of it, can you still ride? Or is it best to not ride her until she is completely healed and the hole has gone in both feet?
What is best is to acquire a solid diagnostic so you know what you are dealing with. If the infection is minor and the horse presents no discomfort, then riding may be reasonable. If the infection is advanced, riding can place additional stress on the hoof capsule, further compromising the weakened laminae bond.
Do you need to have it cut out? Should I shoe her? (never shoed my horses)... jsut dont know what to do!!!
Step one is to determine the severity of the infection. Radiographs will sometimes define the extent of the bacterial intrusion if it is severe. Simply tapping on the hoof wall with the wooden handle of a hammer can reveal a hollow sound in a compromised hoof.
If the infection is severe, resecting the hoof wall to expose the infection is generally considered the correct approach. If a significant percentage of wall must be removed then a supportive shoeing protocol is typically employed to provide support and stabilize the compromised hoof wall. Any resected area should not be covered over with any kind of sealant. The effected area should be cleaned and treated with an astringent (e.g. iodine) to treat any remaining infection and harden exposed tissues.
I received a call this past weekend from a new client. Prior farrier had told the client their miniature donkey had mild whiteline disease and to treat topically with iodine. A few weeks later the animal broke off a large section of hoof wall, revealing the extent of the infection and compromised hoof wall.
I ended up resecting a significant percentage of the hoof wall on both fronts (approx 30-40%) to expose all of the infected area. Obviously this severely compromised the structural integrity of the hoof capsule. I packed the back half of the hoof with an antimicrobial dental impression material then made a pair of shoes out of plastic pads to fit this mini donkey. Treated the exposed tissues with iodine then loosely wrapped the hoof with vetwrap (muddy paddocks). Instructed owner to remove the vetwrap and re-treat every 48 hours for 2 weeks. By then the exposed tissues will have completely hardened. The shoes will stabilize the remaining capsule and support the bony column until new hoof wall can begin growing down.
Certainly can't say this is what you are facing but it's an example of what can happen if the disease in left improperly treated. Again, start with a good diagnostic and make sure you have a full service practitioner that can meet all the needs of your horse.