Anyone out there know anything about Navicular/treatment? My 11 yr. old Paint Mare has been confirmed via x-ray - we have been treating her with shots better shoeing (any good ferriers in NC Triangle area?) It has been suggested to cut her nerve - you can imagine my reaction - but I am wondering if I am being open minded enough to consider all options for her - any feedback is appreciated.
The only horses with Navicular disease that I've heard of in this area were Quarter horses, so I believe your Paint would fall into that category. It is more common amoungst them.
The denerving that you are speaking of should only be done as a last resort, after all other options have been tried. Shoeing should be the first thing done. The farrier will design shoes that will support the heels and restore the natural angle to the hoof.
Cut back on her work load. Slow, long distance rides or swimming, instead of heavy work or uphills. I'm not sure if you ride your Paint english or western, but no more jumping.
Your vet can presribe anti-inflammatory drugs to help ease the horses pain and other drugs to try to restore blood flow into the hoof.
Of course, if your horse is a mare, you would not want to use her for breeding, as this trait can be passed on to her offspring.
Do you have an equine vet in your area? I would seek cousel from them. Good luck, it is a lifetime committment caring for a horse with Navicular disease.
A hoof abscess can develop from an infection caused by things like:
* A puncture hole in the sole from a sharp object like a nail. * A crack in the hoof wall allowing small pieces of gravel to become lodged within the sensitive tissue above the sole. * Damaged caused by decreased blood circulation from shoes, poor horse shoeing or trimming.
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I would like to simply tell her what the vet said and ask her not to bevel his hoof wall but I am worried that I will not be able to tell if what she is doing is right or wrong. I have a different farrier who trims my other barefoot horse because my farrier and the horse don't get along well but I don't really like the way his shoeing job looks (one particular horse he does always has flares). My issue is that EVERY farrier always says that something another farrier did to your horses hooves is all wrong and that their way is the best and I honestly do not know enough to know what is ACTUALLY the best way for my horse to be shod. All I know is that despite the fact that her trims sucked, she was willing to try different things when I wanted less toe leverage in his shoeing (hence the Natural Balance) and he has done really well with those. Sorry I just wrote a novel but I am wondering if anyone has had similar experiences with farriers or if they could direct me to a simple site or video that shows what a horses hoof should look like--I have tried many but every single one seems to say something different! I am very confused and worried about my horse!
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