- 1 What causes the hoof wall to separate from the sole of a horse?
- 2 What causes white line separation in horses?
- 3 What do you do when your hoof walls are separating?
- 4 What is white line disease caused by?
- 5 What is the white line of a hoof?
- 6 How do you treat white line disease in horses hooves?
- 7 How long does it take to cure white line disease?
- 8 How do you know if your horse has white line disease?
- 9 How do you treat white lightning hoofs?
- 10 How do you fix a hoof flare?
- 11 How much should a healthy hoof wall grow per month?
- 12 What part of the hoof is the most important part?
- 13 How is white line disease prevented?
- 14 What is hoof thrush?
- 15 Is white line disease contagious?
What causes the hoof wall to separate from the sole of a horse?
A separation in the hoof wall is considered to be a delaminating process potentially thought to originate from genetic factors, mechanical stress, inappropriate farriery and environmental conditions affecting the inner hoof wall attachment (Moyer 2003).
What causes white line separation in horses?
Degeneration of the horn at the white line leads to separation of the hoof wall from the underlying structures and weakening of the hoof wall. A combination of infectious, mechanical, nutritional and environmental factors have been implicated in causing the problem.
What do you do when your hoof walls are separating?
There is no treatment or “cure” for HWSD. Management through hoof care and/or the use of special shoes may be attempted, but these options are expensive and labor-intensive. Environmental management and dietary supplementation may also be incorporated to lessen the symptoms and keep the pony more comfortable.
What is white line disease caused by?
The exact organism that causes white line disease is not known, but it is known to be caused by bacteria in the soil getting into a weakened spot in the hoof wall, such as a quarter crack, which then sets up a fungal infection that leads to the disease.
What is the white line of a hoof?
The white line of the foot can be seen by looking at the sole of your horse’s hoof. The area (that looks whitish) between the outside hoof wall and where it meets the sole is the white line. When this becomes damaged, it allows fungus and/or bacteria to invade and separate the layers of the hoof wall.
How do you treat white line disease in horses hooves?
The mainstay of white line disease treatment is hoof-wall resection, where a skilled farrier cuts away all three layers of the hoof wall to remove the infected material. A hoof knife or Dremel tool can clear out the powdery hoof wall.
How long does it take to cure white line disease?
In general, resolution takes as long as the hoof wall takes to grow down and fill in the void. If you consider a full hoof wall at the toe requires nine to 10 months to grow, then resection halfway up the hoof means it’ll take four to five months to recover.
How do you know if your horse has white line disease?
White line disease may be diagnosed during a routine trimming when a farrier notices a small area of crumbly or powdery black or gray tissue at the white line. Paring away the damaged horn reveals separation of the hoof layers leading upward from the toe toward the coronary band.
How do you treat white lightning hoofs?
Insert hoof in Disposable Soak Bag (sold separately) or heavy plastic bag to contain the chlorine dioxide gas and secure top to prevent leakage. For best results, keep hoof contained for 40-45 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times per week for 4-6 weeks, then 1-2 times weekly until hoof has grown out completely.
How do you fix a hoof flare?
A flare in a hoof can be corrected with just trimming, Lesperance says, but a shoe may be necessary in severe cases. “I am fairly aggressive with flares and I like to use my trimming rasp and then my finishing rasp,” she says. “I am not concerned if removing the flare requires me to rasp into the white line.
How much should a healthy hoof wall grow per month?
The hoof wall of a normal adult horse grows at a rate of approximately 0.24-0.4 inches per month At the toe, it takes 9-12 months for hoof horn to grow down from the coronet to the ground surface; at the quarters, 6-8 months; and at the shorter heels, 4-5 months.
What part of the hoof is the most important part?
The hoof wall bears the majority of the horse’s weight and is the most subject to trauma. The hoof wall is visible when the horse is standing. The wall. The wall is related to the papillae of the sensitive coronary band and the laminae of the sensitive laminae.
How is white line disease prevented?
The prevention of white line disease is most effective when a quality hoof supplement is utilized in combination with packing any existing hoof defects with a safe and effective topical hoof product containing ingredients known to combat microbes.
What is hoof thrush?
Thrush is an infection of the central and lateral sulcus of the frog of the horse’s foot, most often involving bacterial infection, occasionally fungal infection.
Is white line disease contagious?
The most common signs of white line disease are hoof wall separation noticed by a farrier during routine trimming/shoeing and slow, poor hoof wall growth. Is it contagious?: White line disease is not contagious.