I don’t know why I insist on leaving him barefoot. Maybe because:
- I read that barefoot trimming is a new, successful and fruitful way to manage (and possibly “cure”) navicular
- I was told and I read that shoeing a horse is bad. Shoeing a navicular horse is even worse as it only worsen the condition in the long run.
- They are humans who benefit from shoeing not a horse that they want to use.
I wonder if it would be a better idea to follow ideas suggested here and shoe him to correct the negative palmar angle immediately.
Concerning all the things said here I think I am closer to shoeing him. In summer, the farrier told me that he is too sensitive and shoes could help him but I was told (again) that it is his business to shoe a horse.
The stable owner decided not to reshoe his S P O R T horses till February which means I will have to call the farrier to come to my horse only. There is one more farrier that I won’t call – he’s got a nickname “slaughter-man” and I don’t think I have to explain why . Believe me, there is a shortage of farriers and trimmers and I think I would have to call the same that I used to before.
I paid for another interpretation of x-rays (I sent them to one of the best equine sports medicine vets in Poland). Unfortunalety, he confirmed the diagnosis. He didn't write navicular disease or sydrom. He answered that he can see a cyst on navicular bone and that such a change is a serious risk and most often the source of lameness. The prognosis is guarded.
Vet 1 recommended wedge pads and egg bars
Vet 2 recommended egg bars
Vet 3 recommended jmd bonapartix first and later NBS
(BTW Where can I buy these if I can’t even find them?! I am sorry for being such a laywoman... )
I asked the vet no. 3 some more questions and this is what he replied: He contradicted the theory that the osteophytes are inborn. He said that they manifest the early stage of degeneration within the joint and until the balance of the horse is restored, the process is going to progress. He wrote that Tildren is a good drug. Accoring to him, HA acid is beneficial when injected into navicular bursa with the help of rtgs. And something which made my day: Such horses can be ridden as pleasure horses and do some small jumps if proper shoeing and treatment is provided.
I can’t find appropriate information about wedge shoes. Are they wedge pads? What shoes then?
Can you help me again go through “choosing a shoe” process? I would be grateful if you could post photos or links. And most importantly: Shall I leave him barefoot and do his feet every 4 weeks or shall I put on shoes as vets recommended?
Any thoughts are welcome.