Black Healer 370g

Black Healer 370g

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Seedy Toe in Horses: Don’t give up on seedy toe, it will only get worse.

Why not try some ‘Black Healer’? When used as a ‘part b’ following peroxide treatment and held in the cavity with greasy wool or cotton wool, it seems to be very effective in the most stubborn cases. 350 gm pack NOW STRONGER AND MORE CONCENTRATED. To be used on resected seedy toe only and do not apply to sensitive tissues.

Please note that discount codes are not applicable for this item.

NB: This is NOT the same as the product called BLACK SALVE which is for skin conditions.This product is for Seedy Toe in horses' hooves only.

Instructions for use:

Black healer contains KmNo4 (Potassium permanganate). This has been used for centuries to successfully treat skin conditions. At the concentration in Black Healer, Potassium permanganate is safe to use to treat horses’ hooves.

Caution:Do not mix with peroxide or other chemicals. Keep away from naked flame. Do not swallow or put in your eyes. Keep out of reach of children. It is safe to handle but will stain your hands, so you may prefer to use gloves.

Directions for use:

  1. Where possible fully resect the hoof wall around the affected area back to good healthy tissue. This should be carried out by a professional hoof care practitioner or veterinarian. Work up the wall and do not go into sensitive tissue.
  2. Scrub the affected area daily with hydrogen peroxide cream or liquid (3-6%) using an old toothbrush. Leave on for 2 mins then rinse with 50/50 Methylated spirits and water in a spray bottle. If the area is particularly bad, scrub and rinse a few times to clean more effectively. Continue for about the first 3-10 days (time depends on severity of infection). Cease using hydrogen peroxide scrub when you are satisfied the area is clean and dried out- often showing some cracks on larger areas.
  3. Towel dry the area and smear black healer like a paste or putty using a finger (gloved if you are worried about a stain), icy pole stick or spoon.
  4. If cavities exist in a wet environment, pack with black healer, then plug with greasy wool and tape or bandage on. A hoof boot could even be used in some circumstances if ensure everything is clean and dry before applying the boot. The boot can help to keep the affected area clean and dry and prevent re infection from the mud.
  5. Continue to clean affected area and apply black healer regularly, every 2-4 days depending on individual case and environment, until the damaged area has grown out.

Handy Hints:

  1. Keep your horses’ feet as dry and as clean as possible whilst treating seedy toe to prevent chances of re infection. Remove horses from paddocks with dams, septic or mud.
  2. If conditions are wet, consider moving your horse or soaking the affected foot in strong salt water to dry it out and keep your horse in a dry stable or shed for at least 12 hours a day. When turning out into damp paddocks you can treat, wrap and boot the foot to keep it as dry as possible.
  3. In cold weather black healer can be quite stiff. Warm in hands before applying to soften a little.

Storage: Keep the lid on, store out of direct sunlight in a cool place.

Reminder: Severely affected past seedy toe cases will scar and this weakens the area making it more prone to future infection.

Check resected area for signs of spread or missed areas using a hoof knife at each four week trim.

Example of Treatment summary:

Day 1: Resect hoof wall back to healthy hoof tissue.

Day 1-3: Scrub area with hydrogen peroxide, rinse with 50/50 methylated spirits and water. Keep affected area open to the air and keep the horse in a dry environment.

Day 4-7: Flush area with 50/50 methylated spirits and water, towel dry and apply black healer as a thick smear.

Day 7- onwards: clean and reapply black healer as needed to keep the area covered against re infection until the cavity grows out.

Please note this product is for horses only.


Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Julie G.
Black Heeler

Great thank you

Pauline S.
Pauline Smitj

I love black heeler, it's really helped with my OTTB's seedy toe, my boy had a trim Monday and only has a little seedy toe now. Even with our muddy paddocks, there's been an improvement and I believe next trim he'll be free of it. My horse also is recovering from laminitis, so finding a product that actually works, is inexpensive and makes my boy feel better works for me.❤❤

Jim Armstrong
Wet weather = seedy toe

Two paddock horses I've had for 12 and 4 years respectively, have got seedy toe for the first time. The Black Healer seems to help with the hoof separation areas, by stopping the 'bugs' from causing any more infection.



Which Hole Size should I choose?

When choosing a hay net hole size, several factors should be considered. Here is a summary of the key points for each hole size mentioned:

20mm Sized Holes:

  • Suitable for "expert level" ponies that can eat from 30mm hay nets at impressive speeds.
  • Recommended for horses or ponies that have mastered eating from a 30mm hay net.
  • Ideal for feeding Lucerne to greedy horses or ponies.

30mm Sized Holes:

  • Great for voracious eaters, such as ponies, minis, and horses familiar with slow feed hay nets.
  • Laminitic horses usually benefit from 30mm sized hay nets.
  • Relieves boredom for stabled horses or as a backup net for when the first hay net empties.
  • Recommended for gutzy horses, ponies, or livestock, especially with palatable hay or slow feed experience.
  • Not commonly used for goats, cows, or sheep, but some may use it with palatable hay.

40mm Sized Holes:

  • The most popular hole size for slow feeding, accepted by over 90% of horses.
  • Suitable for slightly stalky hay, providing hay-saving benefits and increasing hay longevity.

60mm Sized Holes:

  • Ideal for saving on hay without significant restriction.
  • Commonly used with low-sugar or coarse and stalky hay, great for older horses and cattle.
  • Suitable for pregnant broodmares or younger horses where slow feeding is unnecessary.
  • Caution: Ensure hoof size is larger than netting size for horse safety.

General Considerations:

  • GutzBusta 40mm holes are a good starting point, with flexibility to go up or down in size.
  • Weather and hay type can influence the suitable hole size.
  • Palatability determines the hole size, with more palatable hay allowing for smaller holes.
  • Horse's health status, weight, and workload should be considered when choosing a hole size.
  • 40mm and 60mm sizes are suitable for saving on wastage, while 30mm slows down eating.
  • Monitor horse's response when introducing a new hay net to avoid over-facing.
  • Different livestock can use various hole sizes, with 40mm being common.
  • Different hole sizes are used throughout the year, for various hays, health conditions, and weight management.
  • Be cautious with shod horses and use appropriate hay rings/feeder to prevent entanglement.

Which Bag Size should I choose?

  1. Extra Small: Float/yard sized net capable of holding up to 1 generous biscuit of hay. Suitable for stables, yards, and floats.

  2. Small: Float/yard sized net capable of holding up to 3 generous biscuits of hay. Versatile and strong, suitable for stables, yards, and floats.

  3. Medium: Capable of holding up to 4-6 biscuits or half a bale of hay. Ideal as an overnight net for stables, yards, and floats.

  4. Large: Full small bale-sized net available. Easy to load a full small bale of hay into. Suitable for stables, yards, and paddocks.

  5. Extra Large: Perfectly fits a 3-Stringer Bale.

  6. Round Bale: Available for different round bale sizes (3x4, 4x4, 5x4, 6x4). Comes in various net sizes (3cm, 4cm, 6cm).

  7. 8x3x3 / 8x4x3 / 8x4x4: Large square bales in sizes 8x4x4, 8x4x3 and 8x3x3. Available in different net sizes (3cm, 4cm, 6cm). Can fit all sizes of round bales.

Note: Custom sizes are not available for premade hay nets.

Knotless vs Knotted

Our Knotted and knotless hay nets are made from UV-stabilized polyethylene netting and have been in use for 8 years. They come in various ply sizes and are tough, durable, and easily repairable. They have been used by many horses and can last 2 to 6 years. Knotted nets are suitable for soaking hay and do not take on the weight of water. They are available in black and offer hole sizes of 30mm, 40mm, and 60mm.

On the other hand, the knotless hay nets are made from high-strength, UV Stabilised polypropylene and have been available since 2019. They are softer and do take on some weight when soaked. The deluxe knotless nets are considered more luxurious and have become popular due to their softness. They are the strongest on the market with 240 ply and come in hole sizes of 20mm, 30mm, 40mm, and 60mm. Knotless nets are also only available in black.

When it comes to strength and longevity, there isn't a significant difference between knotted and knotless nets. Both types have proven to be tough, durable, and long-lasting. While some horses may prefer one material over the other, there is no way to predict which will suit an individual horse better without trying them. Ultimately, the lifespan of the nets depends on the individual horse and usage. Knotted nets have been used for 2 to 6 years without needing repairs, while the lifespan of knotless nets is still unknown after 3 years of use.

Returns & Exchanges

Returns & Exchanges

We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase from our store. If you have any issues with your order, please contact us at Gutzbusta so that we can make it right. We have a clear and concise Returns and Refund Policy to make the process as smooth as possible.

Returning Items

To return an item, please contact us at our customer service team via the email below. Make sure to include your order number when contacting staff.

Please pack the item securely in its original packaging and include all accessories and documentation, making sure the order number is clearly visible on the box. We will not accept items that have been modified or used in any way. You are responsible for the cost of return shipping, unless the item is damaged or faulty.


Postal Address: 

GutzBusta Hay Nets
Unit 7 / 1-13 Childs Road
Chipping Norton NSW 2170

Change of Mind

We accept returns for change of mind within 30 days of purchase. These can included swapping or exchanging item(s) for different sizes. The item(s) must be unused, in their original packaging, and in the same condition as when you received them.

We will issue a refund for the purchase price of the item(s) once we receive the item(s), excluding any shipping costs. While this process is under way, it is better to re-order with the correct item(s) to ensure your exchanged item(s) are delivered to you in a timely manner.

Incorrect Items Received

If you received the incorrect item(s), please contact us immediately. We will cover the cost of shipping the incorrect item(s) back to us. We will issue a replacement as soon as possible to you at no extra cost.

Damaged or Faulty Returns

If you receive damaged or faulty item(s), please contact us immediately. We will require photographic evidence of the damage or fault before we can process a return. We will cover the cost of shipping the item(s) back to us, and we will issue a replacement or full refund as soon as possible.

Damaged in Use

If your horse is using our nets and the net becomes damaged during use, please contact us immediately. We will require photographic evidence of the damage as well as the order number. Depending on the situation, we may offer a repair kit or exchange, subject to our discretion. Please note that general wear and tear, or damage caused by misuse may not be covered under our returns and refund policy.


Once we receive your returned item(s), we will inspect it to ensure that they are in resalable condition. If the item(s) are in resalable condition, we will issue a refund to the original payment method within 7 business days. Please note that it may take up to 10 business days for the refund to appear on your account, depending on your bank or credit card company.

Thank you for shopping with us. If you have any questions or concerns about our Returns and Refund Policy, please do not hesitate to contact us.