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Often little stones and dirt get stuck in the space under the horny part of the hoof. Eventually it can extend quite far up the hoof, towards the coronary band. Seedy toe is rarely painful, but may lead to an abscess forming and may cause the donkey to become very lame. It is treated by cutting out the affected part of the hoof wall and allowing new healthy horn to grow down. The donkey must also be kept on clean, dry ground.