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  • What disease has the treatment of palliative care in horses

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    05-07-2013, 01:00 PM

Originally Posted by loosie    
The normal 'treatment' is palliative which helps the symptoms, generally temporarily, as it is conventionally considered incurable & progressive. Tends to be shoes with pads, raising the heels gradually more as the 'treatment' ceases to be effective.

Underrun 'no heels', long toes, broken back pastern axis, or high heels tend to be major factors. Getting hooves (back) into functioning form is a big part of the answer. Dr Robert Bowker is very well worth looking up, as is Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre Home Page & many other sites & sources to learn more.
Hey I wanted to thank you Loosie,
I have been so involved with advise from my vet and farrier that I had somewhat forgotten all the great stories of barefoot rehab. I am going to rededicate myself to finding someone to at least TRY with my guy before I go to the extreme of Nerving him which is not the real answer......
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    05-07-2013, 07:50 PM
'Nerving' should be an absolute last resort. Other palliative measures such as jacked up heels may well be necessary for horses who are very advanced & old, for whom rehab may not be an option(or for those who care more about being able to use the horse than it's long term welfare), but considering it is only palliative, that this 'disease' tends to take a long time to 'progress'(so you've got time up your sleeve) and considering the mountains of successful cases from 'alternative' treatment, these measures should also be considered 'last resorts' IMO compared to actually attempting rehabbing the horse.
    05-08-2013, 04:30 AM
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I have to be honest, OP, from the stories I have heard if these injections do not work my dad's mare will be retired and if she is in a considerable amount of pain, we will have her put down. If not, she will be a companion horse.

Cutting the nerves works sometimes, but not all the times. It is a costly and messy procedure and my trainer has a horse who she decided to cut the nerve on, the nerve regrew and the horse is in worse shape than before.

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