May 25, 2013

2MT Tech Question - What Can I Do about White Line Disease?

Hi Y'all,

Recently a horse owner contacted me via Facebook and thought that her horse had a case of White Line Disease and asked me what she should do. 

Unfortunately, I cannot advise her on how to treat WLD over the internet, especially without seeing it.  But I was able to give her some pointers to help her figure out the next step.  What I told her is that WLD is a soup of bacterial strains that makes it hard to treat in many cases without invasive hoofwall removal procedures.  Some topical agents work very well, however, sometimes they do absolutely nothing.  WLD can also become a fungal infection if left untreated and can travel up inside the hoofwall.  This can render antibacterial treatments useless.  Sometimes the ground in contaminated with many types of bacteria and fungus and can make it very difficult to get rid of WLD.

One thing to keep in mind is that oxygen is your friend in treating WLD.  Getting oxygen to the affected areas often means removal of significant amounts of hoofwall.  This is not necessarily a bad thing but requires an experienced professional.  The bottom line is, with WLD, you need to involve a team of professionals, including a vet and farrier who have dealt with this issue in the past.  The best way to prevent WLD is with regular trimming and a clean environment. 

Hopefully this information helped the horse owner who contacted me, and hopefully it gives anyone else dealing with WLD some suggestions.  Below is a short 2MT clip on WLD, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me!

Thank you all for your time!

Tab Pigg, CJF