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post #21 of 46 Old 02-12-2012, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks you for all the input. Am going to new vet on tuesday. Still don't have old xrays. Right now macho is walking almost sound not so much on his tippy toes. It will be interesting to compare xrays since I now have him on navicular saver, Ha with msm. He gets linaments massages and stretching.
But if I get a poor prognosis for him I will do what's best for him.
Wish me and macho luck.
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That's really great, that your horse is doing better. I just found this and my heart broke with yours. Poor boy..... Good Luck!!!!

To ride or not to ride? What a stupid question!
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post #24 of 46 Old 02-13-2012, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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I got my xrays....
After reading so much on this forum I am wondering if I feed macho to much.
I feed him 3/4 of a scoop twice a day of safe choice, and free access to coastal and small square of timothy mix and small piece of orchardand alfafa once a day. I don't ride him anymore but take him for walks.
I wonder if there can be a correlation between navicular disease and food.
I knew within a week of getting him, something was wrong. Could I have excaberated the problem?
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post #25 of 46 Old 02-13-2012, 03:37 PM
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I got my xrays....
After reading so much on this forum I am wondering if I feed macho to much.
I feed him 3/4 of a scoop twice a day of safe choice, and free access to coastal and small square of timothy mix and small piece of orchardand alfafa once a day. I don't ride him anymore but take him for walks.
I wonder if there can be a correlation between navicular disease and food.
I knew within a week of getting him, something was wrong. Could I have excaberated the problem?
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No, don't even think that.
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post #26 of 46 Old 02-13-2012, 03:52 PM
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Has only this vet diagnosed him with navicular? He hasn't foundered?
I had one vet diagnose my gelding with navicular, but a lameness expert found the problem in his shoulder. Navicular seems to be the Lupis for horses.
Best of luck with him either way!

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post #27 of 46 Old 02-13-2012, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks you for replying. Xrays did confirm the navicular, but he has a huge knot over his shoulder I assumed it from pointing his foot all the time. Will be going to lameness specialist in the morning. My ol' farrier is coming with me.
IF HE DOESNT AGREE WITH THE VET he won't have my business
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Goodluck to you. I bought a gelding out of a pasture, great prospect, cheap and we had to drive 3 hours each way with the trailer...... after 2 weeks of riding he was lame. X-rays diagnosed navicular. Decided to work with him anyways and we were able to pretty much shoe him sound with custom-made d-ring type shoes. This was back in the 80's and my farrier made them out of wide aluminum. Worked like a charm. I did 3 day eventing and we did very well and I was able to sell him as a sound horse (as long as they maintained the shoes) when I went to college. I hope you find a way to keep your boy going!

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post #29 of 46 Old 02-13-2012, 10:54 PM
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It has been shown that changes to the navicular bone & area don't correlate with lameness - horses can have navicular degeneration & be completely sound, or can be lame without bony changes. It has also been found that regardless of bony changes, with the right treatment & management, horses can generally be rehabbed to soundness. Dr Bowker is one lameness specialist that has done much study & practice on the subject.
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post #30 of 46 Old 02-14-2012, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone
Macho took the long ride today.
The vet was very good and told me he could spend alot of my money.
Macho`s cannon joints and navicular area are far gone. The navicular bone was almost
Unrecognizable in his left foot and pretty bad in the right. There has been erosion and bone spurs.
Prognosis is poor for a riding horse but can't livre out his life
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