My boy some how managed to wear down the tops of the nails in his shoes and the nail holes in the shoe are slipping right over the nails. So my trainer and I went and pulled off all of his shoes today because they were all falling off anyways. We discovered that along with the thrush he has had for 2 weeks and we havnt been able to get rid of he has the beginning stages of white line disease in two of his feet. We called the vet who gave him antibiotics and a tetanus shot and told us to duct tape his feet up until the farrier can get out on tuesday. The funny thing is he hasnt been lame and still isn't, he has always had very healthy feet before this. However I did get him from a woman who was not taking care of him fall 2006 so it could just be bad hoof growing in. So my question is does anyone have any ideas on how this happened and how to prevent it while the bad hoof is growing out.
p.s. we are eventers so the condition of his feet is extremely important to me as we will be going preliminary later in the season and I need them in top condition to deal with the dry hard ground of california summers.
Seedy toe is when the hoof wall seperates from the pedal bone. This tends to happen if your horse has had chronic Laminitis, or a trauma to the sole at the front of the foot.
The whole of the front hoof is normally removed, so the cavity is completley exposed, then it can be treated with some kind of iodine or some use Eucalypctus oil.
White Line Disease Is a fungal infection of the hoof, so most probably linked to the thrush he's had. This normally happens if a horse is kept indoors alot of in a very muddy field. A crack will normally appear and gradually become wider, it eventually fills with a really foul smelling crumbly material. Its caused by fungi or bacteria entering through small cracks or nail holes in the hoof.
If your farrier recommends cutting the infected part of the hoof away, your boy will probably have egg-bar shoes , which help support the hoof.
Hm. It depends on the stage of progression. Generally white line disease is developed as thrush would or from going to long without a trim for too long. Your farrier should be able to apply a topical to his hoof before shoeing. If it is the early stages, the problem generally clears like thrush would and needs little maintainability.