Hi Y'all, here is a technical question that a farrier asked me recently:
"I have a question for Tab, I have been a "backyard" farrier for a number of years and I just diagnosed my first case of White Line Disease. I just want to know what you do for it?
Thanks!" - Tammy
"Hi Tammy, thank you for contacting me. I would suggest that you contact a vet that has worked on WLD in the past. He or she would be happy to work with your farrier on this. I have to think that your farrier may not be comfortable removing a lot of wall if need be. Depending on how bad it is, (by that I mean how high up it goes), you may be able to remove the wall in that area.
Recently a horse owner contacted me via Facebook and thought that her horse had a case of White Line Disease and asked me what she should do.
Unfortunately, I cannot advise her on how to treat WLD over the internet, especially without seeing it. But I was able to give her some pointers to help her figure out the next step. What I told her is that WLD is a soup of bacterial strains that makes it hard to treat in many cases without invasive hoofwall removal procedures. Some topical agents work very well, however, sometimes they do absolutely nothing. WLD can also become a fungal infection if left untreated and can travel up inside the hoofwall.
Recently I had a technical question about what to do with thrush in a wet environment. I thought I'd share my answer with y'all! I hope it's helpful to you.
Q : I live in the Eastern part of Washington State and it is wet here; thrush is a problem. My horse gets thrush under his shoes in the white line area. My farrier always cleans his foot, puts "Thrush Buster" and oakum under the shoe, or puts copper sulfate liquid under the shoe. I try to pour copper sulfate around his shoes between shoeing, but I can never seem to get rid of it...Any suggestions?
A: When the white line is affected, that can be a problem.
When shoeing a horse, which shoe should you use? Have you ever asked yourself this question? If so, this latest 2MT video on shoe selection is going to be perfect for you! This is a short clip where I discuss different shoe options and which ones work for specific hoof conditions. I hope you learn something new! Thank you all for your time!
I've posted a new 2MT video, this one is on White Line Disease. If you've ever dealt with it, you know that White Line Disease is nothing to mess around with. It is an opportunistic fungus, and left untreated, can result in serious problems.
In this video, I have a chance to show you what WLD looks like on a live horse and how it can be treated. I hope this is useful information!
Below is a great question we recieved from a Vettec user, and our recommendations to her.
I would like to know which product you would recommend for the following:
I have 4 horses and I'm having major problems with their feet. We live in tropical Queensland, where in the summer we have massive rain fall and it's hot. The horses feet do not fare well. We have problems with seedy toe, white line fever, abscesses and thrush.
We need something that will help heal the problems now and something for prevention for our next wet season.
This is a great case study submitted by farrier, Jack Brock:
"Chopper is a Jerusalem donkey that had White Line Diseases in his left hind and by the time I was called had infected 3/4 of his foot. I removed a 2" by 3" inch section of his 4" foot exposing the infected area. He was also treated with white lightning for a week until it was completely gone. Then I rebuilt his foot with Equi-Thane Super Fast laying two coffee stirring straws one on each side for drainage in case of infection. I then covered the area removed with Super Fast making a shoe, then packed his foot with Equi-Pak. We
Japanese farrier Tomohiro Otani uses beige Adhere to glue a shoe on a foot compromised by White Line Disease. He uses a peroxide type product in a syringe to kill bacteria and a home made tool for cleaning. This simple tool is made from a rasp tang with a handle made from SuperFast. To allow maximum hoof flex, adhesive is not applied to the entire circumference of the capsule. Otani saves the white peel off backing from using our blue foam boards, and uses them to smooth the application to save both material and rasping time.
This is a case were farrier, Seth Parker, worked to remedy white line disease using VettecAdhere material. White line disease is an anaerobic infection that causes separation of the wall and affects the contact zone between the hard outer wall and the middle layer of hoof tissue. In severe cases, lameness may develop, if left untreated, the result could be a rotated coffin bone. Due to these facts, Seth knew he needed to act quickly. Here is what he did:
"These are the front hooves of a Grand Prix Warm blood Jumper as he was presented to me for the first time.