Still dealing with White Line Disease... - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 6 Old 05-03-2013, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Still dealing with White Line Disease...

My mare no longer has WLD in any shape or form, but my gelding, it seems, can't get a break.

He's had a deep crack/hole in his front hoof... 'had' I say, because my farrier completely trimmed the entire hole and crack out earlier. Even with me doctoring his hooves daily, it just kept getting worse and worse... The hole in his hoof was over half an inch deep when my farrier dug it out today. I'd been packing it with medicated cotton balls to keep it from getting dirt packed in and to keep it from getting rocks stuck up in there, but it just kept getting worse and worse... He's even been lame at the trot for the past few days...

But my farrier finally managed to get out here and check Dakota over. He trimmed out the entire crack and 'bad' spot and checked his other hooves over, declared his hoof-health 'good' overall (declared my mare's hoof-health 'excellent'), and fixed him up. Farrier had to take so much off that I thought Dakota would be lame or tender, but if anything he's more comfortable! Walking, trotting, and cantering around without any bad steps.

Tomorrow, if it's not raining, I'm going to soak his hooves in CleanTrax and hope for the best!

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-03-2013, 09:51 PM
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Ok, I'm having a bit of a hard time seeing the angles on that because of the big job that the farrier did, but what I do see is that there is still flaring and I think I see that the heals are still high. Which tells me that the hoof is not being trimmed properly and problems will likely recur.

I also think the farrier went a bit too far in "sectioning" out the infected area. But if your horse is OK with it... just be sure to keep it clean.

I do find that sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and get rid of all the nasties to fix a problem. I hope this works.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-04-2013, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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It will prolly take a few trims to get him completely back to 'normal'. His last trim (before this one) was on the 3rd of January, though my farrier was quite surprised that there wasn't a whole lot of growth to get rid of. I usually don't take so long between trims, but due to medical issues, a car wreck, and illness earlier this year that kept me out of work, then several dental visits (for me) that cost a bundle of money, I had to keep putting a farrier visit off because I didn't have the money for it.

My farrier was also supposed to have come out about three weeks ago, but due to things coming up on his side of the fence, he had to cancel and reschedule twice.

I am keeping it clean and like I already said, I plan on treating it with CleanTrax the first day the rain is gone. Dakota is quite comfortable, it seems, and isn't limping or stepping hesitantly on that hoof at all, so, overall, I'm pretty pleased. :)

Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-07-2013, 08:31 PM
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Hi, Agree with NM that the hoof form - flaring, etc is not good, but yeah, if he hasn't trimmed the horse for some time, he may not have been able to do much more this time - I'd resched. for another few weeks.

Looks like that foot is a bit clubby too, so may 'want' to be higher heeled. But the flaring at the toe should have been addressed IMO, not left angular. I do believe it's important to do as much as necessary(short of invading any sensitive tissue), when resecting seedy. When it's only hoof wall, it doesn't make the horse more sensitive, although if you have to resect too far up & deep, then bracing may be a good idea. But from the look of it, it was virtually all excess toe that was removed anyway & I would have continued a strong bevel around his toe quarters to address the flaring.
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When you say "seedy" loosie, is white line seedy hoof walls?
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-08-2013, 01:33 AM
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Yeah, seedy toe is our term for what you call 'white line disease'. I thought that was seedy as in ill, but apparently the term came about due to grass seeds getting stuck in the separation
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