Corrective Shoeing & General Information

Seedy Toe

 

Seedy toe is a anaerobic infection that grows in between the white line and the hoof wall. It starts at the sole or ground bearing surface and works its way to the coronet band and around the hoof capsule.
You will notice at the early stages a small hole with grey black muck in it.
The early stages are easy to fix. Your farrier will clean out the hole and expose the seedy toe to air, which kills the bacteria almost instantly. From there, you can put some peroxide liquid on it, available from your local supermarket or Vet. It’s a clear liquid that once placed in the hole it will froth and bubble; this is eating any remanence of the bacteria left.
Peroxide liquid has oxygen molecules in the liquid, this is what is reacting to the bacteria.
Anaerobic bacteria means it can only survive without air. 

This is a major case of seedy toe. This mare also had founder and abscesses. This gives you an idea of a serious case. I was called out to attend to this horse as the last farrier did not have the experience to fix this mare’s issues.

 

Seedy Toe

 

Unluckily, the first time I attended this horse I didn’t get a picture before I started. As you can see, I’ve had to cut away the whole front of the foot to expose the damaged area to air and to stop mud, faeces, etc from blocking the holes up; this will grow down over the next 12 months. This was a major job that could have been prevented if the early symptoms had of been recognised and treated.

This is what the foot looked like once it been cleaned, treated and shoed. I also supported the toe with rebuild glue and as there was also a large crack running up the foot which I screwed and plated to support and hold the structure as it grew out. Notice toe clip is the correct angle for the foot to grow out.

 

Seedy Toe