How To Treat White Line Disease in Horses with Banixx
What is White Line Disease In Horses and How To Get Rid Of It
White Line Disease Treatment for Horses, Donkeys & Mules
White line disease (also called Seedy Toe) in horses is caused by fungi, bacteria, or a combination of both that break down and destroy tissue connection within the hoof. These infectious organisms often take advantage of situations where there is poor hoof confirmation– this provides an open door for white line (hoof wall separation) For example, as in our photograph, this horse has clubby, upright hoof so the laminae (internal hoof layers) inside the hoof were constantly stretched to the max thus creating interior hoof weakness. It appears that infection enters either via an old nail hole, a hoof crack or any other weak point. Once inside the hoof, the infection erodes away the connected layers of tissue (laminae) and creates a void/space within the hoof. To read more, see below reference to White Line Disease in Hooves in the American Farrier Journal.
However, even with stubborn, long-term white line disease in a horse, Banixx proved successful due to its unique pH solution that is totally inhospitable to bacteria and fungus alike. Find Banixx near you or buy online.
Here are two use links about white line disease in hooves from the American Farriers Journal:
- WHAT IS THE BEST APPROACH TO TREATING WHITE LINE DISEASE ?
- Resection (cutting away the diseased hoof/tissue) has, to-date, produced the best results to get rid of & treat horse white line disease, since the invader has been identified as an anaerobic organism (survives without oxygen). After resection, there is often a reduced area of hoof wall (to support your horse); hence, supportive shoeing may be required. This is where an x-ray is of benefit in order to determine what mechanics will be needed for hoof support.
- The application of Banixx, via a fitted hoof boot, was the key for this horse in controlling the infection and preventing white line disease to ever affect this hoof again. At this resection (for 4-5 days) and at each subsequent trim (2-3 days) Banixx was applied within a fitted hoof boot. The hoof remains healthy today, seven years later. For more detail on this white line disease treatment protocol, please read below “Fighting White Line Disease-One Horse’s Story”.
Some recommend mere resection without the application of any treatment. This approach may well be viable if one is 100% sure that ALL affected tissue has been removed. However, if the tiniest remnant of infection is left in the foot, after resection, then this infection will rapidly multiply and the entire process of resection will have to be repeated again. Find Banixx near you or buy online.
Fighting White Line Disease and Winning – One Horse’s Story
It came out of the blue! My ever-sound 16-year-old competition horse was slightly “off”. We looked at all aspects and then … his feet..! …As the farrier removed the shoe, it was revealed! In the white line area there was no solid line, but copious amounts of a cream-colored dry, crumbly hoof horn. That was it! In just one foot. The farrier inserted a shoeing nail into the white line area and it disappeared into his foot because he had a large cavity within his hoof. A subsequent x-ray (strongly recommended) revealed that the cavity extended up to his coronary band (X-ray is recommended to determine the extent of the disease. The infection generally starts at the sole level and works its way up through the foot. As it progresses upward, it leaves behind it a void, a chasm of disconnected tissue that threatens hoof stability).
Surprisingly, lameness often does not accompany white line disease which makes vigilance in hoof wall health ever more important. White line disease seems to be more common in an abnormal hoof or where some mechanical stress has occurred. My horse had one clubby foot and over a course of 28 years, that was the only foot ever affected. The “invader” is an opportunistic bacteria and/or fungi that gain access to the interior hoof tissue. This invasion results in a destruction of the internal hoof tissue so that the integrity/inner support of the foot is seriously compromised. Untreated white line disease will result in coffin bone rotation.
For my horse, after 5 long years without success, he was then resected for the final time. The difference in this final resection was the application of a solid antibacterial/antifungal solution -specifically, Banixx Horse & Pet Care. The infective opportunistic organism indicated in white line disease is anaerobic in nature (survives well in an oxygen-free environment- such as the interior of a horse’s hoof). Removal of diseased tissue is necessary to expose the infective organisms to oxygen, and hence, they die. As the final treatment for white line disease, the Banixx solution was administered via a medicine boot. He stood in this solution for an hour or so, twice a day for 3-4 days, every time he was trimmed. The reason for this is because the Banixx solution, with its unique pH, does not allow bacterial or fungal proliferation. It has now been 8 years… with no recurrence. After fighting white line disease for over 5 years, I thought this day would never come. And yes, my horse returned to active work!! Barn hygiene, shod or unshod feet, pony or horse, working animal or pasture ornament — none of these factors have, to date, indicated any propensity toward white line disease.
Treatment for this case: After successful debridement (removal of diseased hoof tissue) almost up to the coronet (see photo at left), Banixx was applied using approximately 3-4 ounces in a medicine boot, every evening and each morning. So the hoof was awash in Banixx for up to an hour twice each day. This allowed Banixx to kill bacteria and fungus that was present while the medicine boot kept the foot in a clean environment during healthy hoof wall growth. In between treatments, the hoof was well wrapped to keep it clean. If the wrap comes off between treatments, clean the hoof with plain water and pat it dry before applying the rest of the treatment of Banixx.
When the hoof produced enough solid growth to safely retain a shoe, he was shod with a regular shoe (photo on right). After battling White Line Disease for five long years, Banixx came on the market as a treatment for White Line Disease. Now, this foot has been disease-free for seven solid years!
White Line Disease – Two Feet, Two Treatments – picture courtesy of John Halko (American Farriers Journal)