Seedy Toe

Seedy toe.  I can’t even begin to explain the mental image I first had Alan, the farrier, told me this spring that Kobi had seedy toe.  Keep in mind, Jake and I were still fiercely battling canker, so any hoof abnormality would have sent me over the edge.  And it would have, had Alan not explained that if caught and treated early, it’s no big deal.
The best I can put together is that seedy toe starts with sand cracks in the toe.  Dirt and bacteria collect in the crack, and living in dark, dirty, moist areas, the bacteria start to grow. Further research shows that it’s worse when horses hooves go untrimmed for long periods of time.  So I that Kobi had it, but not shocked that Sugar does, as her feet were neglected the better part of a year before coming to the Triple H Ranch.
Now that I think I know what causes it, here’s the treatment.  Regular trims is a must.  Alan cuts out a notch around the crack, allowing air and light to penetrate the area with the bacteria.  To help things along, I brush out the dirt every other day and put the miracle cure of Thrush Buster in the notch.
With Kobi, he was fine by the next trim.  Sugar’s hooves were a bit worse, again from the lack of farrier care for a year, so hers have taken longer to cure.  Hopefully by the next trim at the end of the month, Sugar’s hooves will be perfectly healthy and I can put the Thrush Buster away for a while!
Below is an actual picture of a notch from seedy toe.  And yes, all four of Sugar’s hooves have the notch!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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