Seedy Toe in Horses

Seedy Toe in Horses

Hi, I’m Danvers. I’m the Hoof Health Consultant
for SmartPak. And today, we’re going to talk about Seedy Toe issues. Basically, you’re going to find it from toe
pillar to toe pillar or toe quarter to toe quarter. And that anterior portion of the
hoof – that would be from there forward. If you think about the way that a cantelope
looks when you open it up and you’ve got the seed pocket in the center – basically, that’s
the descriptive picture that I carry in my mind of what seedy toe is. Seedy toe is basically a seediness or a stretching
of the lamina in the white line that creates an opportunistic environment – a pathway for
moisture, bacteria, fungus – any number of things to establish in this hoof wall and
create problems. Seedy toe in and of itself is an indication
that you have an opportunistic environment for problems. It’s also usually an indication
that your horse has either a maintenance issue or a health issue. You’ll very often see seedy
toe in the recovery process when you’re moving from the acute phase or laminitis to the chronic
phases. You’ll see it in long-toed, low-heeled horses where the foot has not be maintained
properly – the toe has been allowed to pull forward. And as that toe migrates forward,
it’s stretches the laminar structures. Those laminar structures – you’ve got the attachment
of the lamina to the bone, so if this hoof capsule starts moving away, it pulls and you
get a stretching away from that bone. So you’ve got part of the lamina trying to hold on,
part of it trying to pull away, and as we’ve talked about in other videos, the idea that
that lamina is inter-digitated or interwoven, and it’s basically a pulling apart of that,
a stretching and tearing of that lamina. In some cases, that can be painful. In most cases,
it’s more of a chronic issue where you’ve got an opportunistic environment. The best treatment you can do – good regular
maintenance, but it’s much more involved. You need to find out what the cause is. Causal
factors would include everything from neglect to laminitis. So get your team involved, get
your veterinarian and your farrier working together to determine what the causal elements
are and then address those through proper maintenance, through moisture regulation,
and through encouraging good hoof growth. Supplement, get that hoof to grow and get
some integrity back into the capsule. It won’t repair itself overnight. Hoof doesn’t repair,
it replaces, so you want to encourage that growth, get it grow down and knit together
as a health capsule. So, I hope this helps. Stay with us at SmartPak
as we look at more issues related to hoof care.

2 thoughts on “Seedy Toe in Horses

  1. I was hoping to get information on nutritonal support for the horse who has chronic white line; video footage of a seedy toe hoof being treated; recommendations for topical medications…if the horse does not have laminitis and has had routine hoof care by a highly competent farrier for the past year, what other causes should we look at? This horse came to us in Feb 2015, very underweight, had been living in the muddiest lot I've ever seen with 7 other horses, no hay or forage thru the winter, no farrier care for at least 6 months, yet his hooves were close to perfect! Over the course of 8 months, we slowly brought his weight up and introduced routine trimming and NOW his hooves are a mess! He's had white line for 4 months (gets better, seems to be resolved, then gets worse) and has been fighting seedy toe now for 2 of those months. He is on pasture with plenty of grass, gets 2 qts Safechoice Original daily. Farrier opens up the cavity, we clean it out, pack it with medicated gauze, but we can't seem to get on top of it. Notably, this horse did appear to choke on his food when we first got him (both pelleted feed and grass if it was abundant) and he has a looser manure consistency than a normal horse. He actually has loose stools when he's stressed or being trailered. In the pasture, his manure consistency is much closer to normal, yet still not the round "road apple" consistency you'd expect. Any information would be much appreciated! I'm developing a hunchback from the time I spend treating his feet!

  2. It’s a man mad disease. From horseshoe or is not set in the shoe back and taking the toe off and letting the horses have long toes

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