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post #21 of 23 Old 05-23-2009, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Trissacar View Post
If a horse can go barefoot it is better for the hoof no doubt. But alot of horses can not go without shoes. I had my horse without shoes for about 12 monthes? As training increased and differing conditions it became clear she needed shoes. When she got shoes she was so much happier moved better. Wasn't afraid to walk on gravel or any kind of hard surface.

And this is not barefoot vs. shoes thread this is about this particular horse.
If anybody would like to debate this issue you could create a new thread! Which I'm sure alot people would comment on.
I didn't think this had turned into a debate when I replied. Though I dare say if you were considering buying a horse and he was reverse shod, your vet would steer you clear of him, and if it fixes everything, then why aren't all horses just routinely shod that way to prevent it? Isn't that why so many have their heels jacked up their elbows? To fix problems, or adjust angles, blah blah.. Anyhoo, in my experience it doesn't fix anything, and I have experience, and I have heard as much from Vets,as well; so I just offered that much to the OP. I don't think shoes are called for when the OP mentioned he was fine without them, just that it was alarming, what the vet had to say.

To the OP, if he's fine and landing heel first without shoes, boots or any other device, then the x-ray was probably showing old damage, and you can most likely save yourself the money you would spend, and congratulate yourself for having a good trimmer/farrier who is balancing the foot right. You could put that money toward a second opinon. If your horse is moving sound, why was the vet looking for Navicular? Or did I miss that? *shrug* If he's a little gimpy on certain surfaces, you can always use boots for that situation and maintain the benefits of being barefoot, and work toward developing the hoof so the boots can be weaned off later.
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post #22 of 23 Old 05-24-2009, 07:07 AM
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Cocoa was diagnosed with Navicular when she was 6 yrs old. The vet told me that her rotation was so bad that I would be lucky if she made it to 8 yrs old without having to be put down.

I found a farrier who specialized in corrective shoeing, he lived several hours away from me but would travel every 4-6 weeks to take care of Cocoa's feet. We had shoes on her and pads for quite awhile. After awhile she was sound again and I rode her well into her teens. I stopped riding her because of arthritis in her back leg and because I was in a car accident and was in physical therapy for a year. After that she and I retired from riding ... she is still retired but I am back in the saddle on Toby.

Cocoa is now 31 yrs old and canters around this pasture like a young filly. Dont let the Navicular diagnose scare you into thinking your horse is doomed.

Toby was diagnosed with Navicular yesterday. (Its what brought me to the health forum and this thread today) - I had suspected he had this and had asked my previous farrier if he thought the same, but he didnt. Its ok though... with the proper trim and understanding of the disease, I know Toby and I will still be riding for many years to come.

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post #23 of 23 Old 05-24-2009, 11:04 AM
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I'm not sure if it's been mentioned but I'm going to play the Devil's Advocate for the vet.... vets deal with so many pushy horses that sometimes they just can't handle it. It doesn't sound like this very was overly abusive to your horse, just shanked him a bit, which I have no problem with. If a horse is fussy, I would absolutely not mind at all if my vet corrected it, within reason.
My gelding, Cinzano, was getting xrays done one day and he clunked my vet on the head with his nose, so my vet gave him a huge whollop on the nose right back, which I was absolutely fine with... if my horse is going to act up, he is going to get punished. Vets don't need the extra hassle of a misbehaving horse.
Now keep in mind I am not saying it is your vet's duty to correct your horse, and it is not your vet's place to abuse your horse. In either situation it would be better for the vet to leave.

Anyways, on to navicular: get a second opinion. I spent well over a grand a few years ago on my gelding because my vet swore up and down it was navicular. The abcess presented itself a few weeks later.

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