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  • Is navicular caused from overweight and no exercise in my horse
  • Equine thrush lameness vs mild founder

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    06-25-2013, 02:35 PM
Originally Posted by Viranh    
What's his diet like? How much turnout, what kind of hay, hard feeds? Also, do his hooves feel hot to the touch? Can you check his digital pulse? That might help determine if he could be having mild/early laminitis. That could explain his discomfort in wedged shoes. It does not rule out extra weight/inflammation/etc aggravating his navicular though.
He has 24/7 turnout. His grain has been reduced, but he still get some. No sweet feed. His hooves have felt normal. I have not checked his pulse.
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    06-25-2013, 02:43 PM
The digital pulse is the pulse in the lower leg. It may be different on different legs. These two pages talk about it. It may help determine what is going on.
Learn to check the digital pulse in a horse's foot before laminitis develops | Laminitis Help
Equine Digital Pulses How and Why
    06-27-2013, 05:36 PM

Thanks for pointing out that I got the story wrong.
Before we got him, he was said to have navicular, and by navicular, I mean he got overweight (no exercise and was fed too much grain), became a bit lame, and then a single xray showed slight signs of navicular change (or so i'm told - the previous owner is "debating" on whether or not she wants me to see the xrays
I did understand this as she was told that the horse had navicular changes due to being overweight, as if a diet would fix it. And the xrays may show more than that.
    06-27-2013, 05:51 PM
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I'm seeing things slightly more in princess' way
I'm confused because although the previous owner said the horse had navicular that was confirmed by an X ray the OP only has their word for it as from what I read the X ray has never been shown and they are refusing to show it - if you were telling the truth then why do that?
The fact that there seems to be some relation between diet and lameness hints at laminitis
The best way forward is to pay for your own X rays and then you know for sure what's going on and can deal with it correctly.
Does the horse seem reluctant to put its heel down first when it walks?
Does it place the heel down and then try to avoid putting weight on the toe?
    06-28-2013, 03:52 AM
Does he walk as if he is stepping on his toes? Does he struggle downhill? (strong sign of navicular)
    06-28-2013, 11:30 AM
Ok everyone, I had a vet come out and look at Sparky, who did not have any more limp by then. The vet did his lameness tests and Sparky passed them all. The vet discovered he has a little bit of arthritis, but that everything else looks good! He did not take xrays - He said if it gets worse again, he will not charge another farm call fee to come out and take xrays. He also said if he has navicular, he was not in pain during the exam and it seems to be manageable without the shoes so far. He was shocked that the previous owner put wedges on him without a series of xrays, and he thinks the farrier was not putting the wedges on correctly to be of any good (judging by the shape of the hoof and nail holes).
    06-28-2013, 12:01 PM
I'm glad you found the issue! Arthritis can be pretty manageable with supplements, exercise, and bute until the horse gets a lot older. I'd consider that good news.
    06-28-2013, 12:28 PM
Originally Posted by Viranh    
I'm glad you found the issue! Arthritis can be pretty manageable with supplements, exercise, and bute until the horse gets a lot older. I'd consider that good news.
I'd much prefer arthritis over some of the other alternatives! So I agree with the good news :)
    06-29-2013, 09:11 PM
I'm glad he's doing well. Yeah! For you!

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