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        12-12-2012, 02:09 PM
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    Navicular is fairly common in older horses especially in the UK as we pretty much have to ride on roads on a daily basis & not all riders are considerate
    I also wonder if they removed the shoes as a 'footsore' excuse as if I were selling a horse that was normally shod I'd leave it that way so it wouldnt risk getting footsore
    I can always tell if a horse has navicular by riding it as even on pain meds they don't move exactly right and if I then suspect something I have X rays done prior to purchase - I was often hijacked by local vets doing PPE's for inexperienced riders who don't pick up on it.
    There are lots of options now if he's not considered worse case scenario. Correct trimming is essential and therapeutic shoeing can help a lot, barefoot unfortunately isnt often ideal for navicular horses
    There are various pain meds but you have to consider long term side effects such as stomach ulcers, liver and kidney damage - my own vet is currently prescribing previcox for long term oral pain relief.
    I have known people to have good results with de-nerving but success isnt guaranteed and there are risks. Same as with the use of blood thinners like warfarin which can also be effective
    This is a good article that has a lot of facts and new research details
    Equine Chronicle Navicular Disease and Treatments
    Many UK Mounted Police horses are retired with navicular and still go on to lead long useful lives so I wouldnt give up to easily, if the pony is otherwise what you want then its worth trying to work with the problem
         
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        12-12-2012, 02:26 PM
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    The Horse's Hoof: Navicular
    ETA: I would strongly advice against nerving. I've seen my share of nerved jumpers, who fell while being ridden, because they don't feel that hoof. And there is no guarantee on how long it will last until the pain returns and it has to be done again. There is only so much nerve to cut, when you run out then what?
    Sorry to disagree with you on that one, jaydee
         
        12-12-2012, 06:28 PM
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    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    The Horse's Hoof: Navicular
    ETA: I would strongly advice against nerving. I've seen my share of nerved jumpers, who fell while being ridden, because they don't feel that hoof. And there is no guarantee on how long it will last until the pain returns and it has to be done again. There is only so much nerve to cut, when you run out then what?
    Sorry to disagree with you on that one, jaydee
    Hey DHorsewoman - you're allowed!!!!
    Its not actually something I would do either - just know of people who have had success with it so thought worth a mention. Another big risk with it is if something else goes wrong in that hoof they can't feel the pain of that either.
         

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