Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
My dad's mare has medium grade navicular.
The aim of our game is to get as much weight off the 'toe' as possible. I don't know many english words for what I am going to describe, to please bear with me!
Initially we shod her with O type shoes on the front; the farrier made these and she was done every 6 weeks without fail. A week over say in winter when the hooves don't grow so fast, was really bad for her.
We then changed her training programme, and improved my dad's riding with many lessons and coming from behind more than working on the front REALLY improved things. Until it got to the point where she was coming so far from behind she kept catching and taking the O shoes off.
So we tried normal U shaped shoes for a while. It was working, until we were free lunging her outside. Some FOOL had left the tiny side gate open which you are always instructed to close as unless you open and close it yourself, you can't see it. Unfortunately, Josie did and cantered off across the yard.
She was not so much lame, but short then on her left fore. A month later, we Xrayed after injecting the hoof area and sending it to sleep (she then had no lameness on the lunge so knew it was navicular). She had an inflamation and another hole.
She's just had a very expensive series of newish injections which are supposed to help fill these tiny holes.
Best advice would be get recent updated xrays so you know how far along it is 12 months later, get a GOOD vet who specialises in this sort of thing, and a very, very good farrier. They need to sit down with you and discuss best shoeing plan.