When Rosie came to us, she had a history of seedy toe aka white line disease. The person who was looking after her tried her best to get Rosie’s hooves looking a little less like huge dinner plates. But when I first saw her, I was surprised out how huge her hooves were. They were like large suction cups.

Basically, seedy toe is caused by a crack in the hoof and nasty fungi or bacteria invade and cause the destruction of the inner hoof wall. Yuk. A farrier should be able to spot seedy toe early and treat it through several cycles of trimming. Often, farriers use copper sulphate and plonk the horse hoof in a solution of hot water with two tablespoons of copper sulphate (a pale blue powder that dissolves in water).

We now have a new farrier who was extremely hard to get because he doesn’t take on new clients. But he agreed to come out and all five horses had a pedicure. Unfortunately, he discovered a bit of seedy toe in one of Rosie’s hooves and in Muff’s (stallion). Karma showed evidence of delamination or a gap between the hoof wall and the sole.

I nearly died on the spot when he announced all of this. He went to work fast and trimmed Rosie and Muff’s feet, even chipping into the hoof. Muff’s hoof was soaked in copper sulphate and Karma enjoyed plenty of attention. The farrier told me it will all be okay and he will keep going with trimming cycles. Hooves should be trimmed by a farrier about every six weeks.

What I was really happy about was Rosie’s feet. They now look a lot less like huge dinner plates and almost look dainty. Well, maybe not quite dainty but I feel that she doesn’t look so odd now.

So what do you think? My new farrier cut a wedge in one of my front hooves because he found seedy toe. Eew!

And my rear hooves don't look so much like huge dinner plates anymore.

You probably can't see this too well but these were Rosie's hooves a couple of months ago. The rear hooves really looked huge.

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