Treatment of White Line Disease

Treatment of White Line Disease in Horses - a case study record showing treatment of white line disease in the Horse by Farrier and Vet.

I am a strong supporter of co-ordinated work between owner, farrier and vet.

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For team work with a vet on Rolex’s case, I contacted José. He concentrates on veterinary work on horses, keeps up to date with developments, and is well equipped for specialised treatment.

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The first step was to X-ray the two front hooves. White line disease shows up in X-rays as a shadowy area. On these X-rays you can see this around the base of the hoof, and rising up the toe area towards the coronet.

José was able to show the x-rays to Roy and Lynn immediately, and to explain to them what he saw there. At the same time, he was able to assure them that there were no traces of navicular disease, which had been proposed to them as the cause of Rolex’s ongoing intermittent lameness.

Having confirmed the presence of white line disease, it is essential to open up all the affected areas.

Treatment of White Line Disease

What we are doing here is removing all the invaded, compromised and dead tissue, along with the resident bacteria //fungus. At the same time we are performing a critical operation in the treatment of white line disease in exposing the affected areas to oxygen, thus neutralising the impact of anaerobic agents.

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The hoof walls have been debrided - literally broken down, - and affected areas have been removed. Now the extent of the damage caused to the hooves by the white line disease is obvious.

Because I was sure of the hoof care that Roy and Lynn would implement, we were able to leave Rolex like this for nearly four weeks, allowing the hoof wall and sole to grow just a little. More important still was the exposure of the affected areas of the foot to fresh air.

Throughout this entire process Rolex was an absolute gentleman.

He handled the noise, the people, and the discomfort he was undoubtedly feeling with a gentle tolerance that was admirable.

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All the photos of these cases are taken as the job is being done.

Josephine works around us as we treat the horses - we can’t stop for ’model-posed’ shots. You see what is happening as it happens, a real life record.

The next stage is to repair and reconstruct the hooves and apply horse shoes without nails.

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