Archive for the ‘White Line Disease’ Category

White Line Disease and Seedy Toe

February 28, 2008

Types of Laminitis:

White Line Disease

Seedy Toe

Classical Laminitus

Road Founder Type

White Line Disease and the above related diseases have many of the same symptoms and can be treated much in the same way.  However, it is the road founder type laminitis which is quite different and maybe deserves a brief overview.  This type illness occurred mainly in heavy carriage horses which were used on the turnpikes of Europe.  Unlike White Line Disease, road founder is the actual tearing away of the laminae, near the distal border of the coffin bone.  In severe cases, the horse would go lame which is always a bad thing.  All hoof related illness including white line disease is of a serious nature and therefore should be treated correctly.


White Line Disease – a professional opinion

February 19, 2008

White Line Disease and why a professional diagnosis is so important. We had a lady who’s horse was shod approx 2 weeks ago. She was in the process of finding a new farrier following the retirement of her current one. He said her horse had white line disease in three of the hooves. The only outer sign was a white line where the hoof wall ended. The hoof was not breaking off or anything of that nature as in the accompanying picture.


If it was white line disease the distinct line would have stayed, however after a week the horse was shod the line, what appeared to be “white line disease” was not a disease at all. Only where the farrier had trimmed the hoof too short which reached a bit of flesh point. White line disease is a serious illness and should be diagnosed by a veterinarian, not only by first opinion of the farrier. If not treated properly the horse will founder and a portion of the hoof will need to be cut away. This is not a pretty sight! If you are suspicious of your horse developing white line disease, always obtain a professional opinion.

White Line Disease and Shoeing

February 4, 2008


Disorders of the frog such as white line disease are causes of lameness in the horse that farriers and equine veterinarians frequently encounter in their course of work. A common feature of white line disease in the sole is that their treatment required the farrier to fit some form of protection, normally detatchable in addition to the normal horseshoe. Some of the tools a farrier would use in their tool kit for shoeing a hoof with white line disease are clinch cutter, hoof knife, pull offs and much more.  As the saying goes “no hoof, no horse”…therefore it is very important to use a reputable farrier when shoeing your horse, particularly for a hoof suffering from white line disease. Your horse cannot move without any of its lets or feet and would under normal circumstances have to be put down. However white line disease can be treated with antimicrobial solutions in addition to having a farrier fit a custom made shoe for the disease.

White Line Antimicrobial

January 21, 2008

21_4.jpgWhite Line Antimicrobial is used for white line disease. It is highly effective against hoof and nail infections which are caused by fungus and bacteria resulting in white line disease.

The great thing about Equine Relief Antimicrobials is that it does not damage or irritate healthy tissue whilst treating white line disease.

It is safe to apply with your hands, is non-toxic and non staining. In addition to that it is most easy to use. The complete irradication of white line disease requires the hoof to grow out , therefore daily application of this type antimicrobial will keep the hoof fungus free during this process of white line disease healing.

White Line Disease

January 6, 2008

What is white line disease? White line disease is the deterioration of the inner part of the hoof wall (distinct non-pigmented layer of the hoof wall).  From the ground surface white line disease lies next to where the hoof wall joins the sole. Vets are unsure as to it’s cause as its not really an effect of poor hygiene.  Nevertheless white line disease can be treated with antimicrobials, and special shoes may be fitted at your vets discretion upon diagnosis of white line disease. Any disease associated with your horses hoof area should not be taken lightly because of the weight it is expected to carry.  Better SAFE than SORRY!