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Re: [RC] White Line - Truman Prevatt

If left alone and not treated - as Angie described or if not discovered - it can require the farrier and/or vet to remove the hoof wall, clean it out, treat it to kill the fungus and then rebuild the hoof with something like equithane. My farrier told me of a case where they (he and the vet ) had to remove the hoof wall for about 3/4 of the way up. The owner ignored the problem until it got very bad. He then rebuilt the hoof wall with equithane and put light weight AL shoes on. They couldn't ride the horse for awhile but were riding him lightly after about two months - which is long before the hoof completely regrew. I have a horse that would get a little every wet season. We just cut it out, packed with idoine crystals when it showed put the shoe back on and that was that.

I don't know about dry/wet cycles - it seems to be much worse down in the swampy areas of FL than it does in the sand hills where we drain. Whichever it seem to be associated with conditions that are too wet. With the dry/wet cycles it may be that small cracks develop in the dry and can allow the fungus to get in when it is wet.


rides2far@xxxxxxxx wrote:

White line is environmental and seems to be very related to the weather.
Word is the fungus or whatever is pretty much everywhere. The time that
it seems most likely to crop up is when you've had a long dry spell, then
get some wet weather.  Cut it out, hit it with some formaldehyde and it's
history. The thing that seems to make them sore is the dirt working up
under the wall. If it's really deep like that you can clean it out good
and take some loose cotton, stretch it, soak it in iodine and pack it in
there. It'll stay for weeks sometimes. I've seen horses who had the whole
wall of their hoof cut off but had enough up high to hold the clinches on
the nails. The horse was never lame and continued to be ridden. I
wouldn't panic or worry about my horse being around the others. Just cut
away the damaged looking area if it's not deep, paint it with
formaldehyde (not very often...maybe every 4 days...it's very drying) and
that'll probably do it.

If somebody else has a "proper" diagnosis and treatment that contradicts
mine feel free to follow their orders but this has worked great through
several outbreaks around here. Seems the barefoot horses get it more
often contrary to what they first told us.



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Re: [RC] White Line, rides2far