Can you explain how the bars of the foot would cause navicular pain ?
It's a species differentiation Cotton.
Unlike the domestic horse, the South Florida Unicorn has no need for a digital cushion or DDFT. The bars are connected directly to the navicular bone and, much like the distal wall, serve only an ornamental function. Excess bar growth can occur when unicorns over-indulge in purple colored Skittles. On the rare occasion that a unicorn does experience Skittle induced, excess bar growth, that growth can indeed cause direct pressure on the navicular bone.
Treatment by certified hoof mechanics involve having a specially trained garden gnome hug the unicorn while members of the lollipop guild sing the theme song to "The Wizard of Oz".
Treatment is repeated every two weeks until the unicorn sheds a rainbow colored teardrop of relief.
Out of all the clinicians I've listened too and the vets I work for I have not heard the first one say the bars of the foot would cause navicular pain.
Such practitioners are too imbued in the archaic dogma of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Their tunnel vision approach to science prevents them from understanding the natural beauty and holistic approach necessary to achieve universal harmony.
A true hoof mechanic has the ability to not only cure navicular disease with a trim and padded hoof boots, but, per this website New Page 3
... "This situation is where the boots and pads become truly magical. We make a horse owner cry big happy tears at almost every clinic we teach."
Vets and farriers are too pragmatic to make horse owners cry big happy tears.
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